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Druva Competitors and Alternatives in 2024

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Updated 22nd January 2024, Rob Morrison

Introduction to Druva

Druva is an innovative IT company that provides data management and protection for the cloud era. It was established in 2008 and is now located in Sunnyvale, California.

At the heart of the data management services provided by Druva is their platform – Druva Cloud Platform. It is built on AWS and it offers infinitely scalable and globally accessible enterprise data storage and management services. The cloud nature of the service allows to greatly lower the overall cost for customers by getting rid of unnecessary hardware, software management and capacity limitations.

Druva’s own patented cloud architecture makes an asset from your backup data, making everything more accessible and helping with tasks like governance streamlining, cyber resiliency improvement and so on.

Since Druva Cloud Platform is a SaaS (solution as a service) – it allows for easier control of your most critical data, gaining you visibility and control over your entire data storage with the full power of the cloud. There are three main products that Druva Cloud Platform consists of:

  • Druva Phoenix provides data management and protection for your data center workloads using a unique cloud-first approach. Druva Phoenix combines highly efficient and scalable backup, archival, disaster recovery and analytics services to greatly reduce overall costs, make it easier to protect your data and improve general data visibility for modern day’s complicated informational environments.
  • Druva inSync allows for unified data protection and information governance for both cloud applications and endpoints. It is capable of simplifying backup, compliance, archival and device management processes to decrease the overall cost and generally make end user data protection less complicated without making it weaker. Users can protect their mobile workforce with no decrease in productivity using glass management and self-help data recovery.
  • Druva CloudRanger is an easy-to-use solution capable of both data protection as well as disaster recovery jobs for AWS workloads. It can easily support your AWS infrastructure without any limitations to flexibility while keeping business continuity in order.

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What are the critical things your backup software should do for you?

Druva in general is known for its variety of features, including:

  • Support for multiple devices;
  • Extensive authorization and authentication protocols;
  • Simple subscription scaling options;
  • World class customer support available via different sources;
  • Featherweight server/client software;
  • Secure access protocols (HTTPS and LDAPS);
  • Auto management capabilities;
  • Free trial period;
  • High performance remote backup capability;
  • A variety of highly advanced management tools;
  • Backup auto-start in case of interruptions, and so on.

Druva alternatives

The backup market has been somewhat saturated for a while now, and Druva is one of the better known solutions. However, the world is constantly changing and new solutions continue to emerge. For example, there’s a number of features that enable a variety of Druva competitors to differentiate, including:

  • On-premise physical backup features;
  • Extensive logging of the entire backup process;
  • More conservative usage of a customer’s resources, including storage, bandwidth, system resources and so on;
  • Friendly and extensive UI/UX, and more.

With a software market as vast and varied as the backup market, it may be difficult to find information about a very specific solution from multiple points of view at once. Luckily, there are plenty of resources such as Peerspot and Gartner, which can be extremely helpful in our attempt to find 10 different alternatives to Druva:

Acronis Backup

A wide coverage of different storage and environment types is what Acronis Backup offers – which is a sophisticated data protection solution. It can offer enhanced backup validation, fast RTOs, blockchain-based authentication, ransomware protection, and many others.

4.4/5 score based on 305 customer reviews

Advantages. Flexible administration capabilities and storage cloning are some of the highest-praised features of Acronis, as well as its overall versatility and performance.

Shortcomings. As a primarily on-premise solution, Acronis does have some unnecessary overhead, and there are also several other disadvantages, such as a complicated initial setup, a somewhat basic reporting feature, limited scalability and a lot of limitations when it comes to compatibility with hypervisors/databases.


Rubrik is a centralized data management solution for many environment types, which includes hybrid, physical, and virtual environments. It is a scalable solution with cloud integrations that acts as a powerful protective layer against many types of threats, from operational failures to ransomware.

4.8/5 score based on 682 customer reviews

Advantages. A lot of Rubrik’s praise goes towards the Live Mount feature, and there are also other advantages, such as frequent reporting and general higher efficiency of data management.

Shortcomings. Rubrik’s reporting is somewhat basic and quite limited for specific activities, such as inspecting system logs or analyzing event logs. Data Management needs improvement. Additionally, the pricing of the solution becomes far more expensive the bigger the scope of the solution is, and there is little to no access to the “backend” of the solution for the end user.

Cohesity DataProtect

Cohesity’s main target as a backup solution are cloud environments, and it can do quite a lot for them, as a sophisticated software-defined product with extreme scalability and a dedicated policy-based security system. It is fast, secure, and can be deployed either on-premise or as a service.

4.7/5 score based on 719 customer reviews

Advantages. Instant DR failover, vast ransomware detection capabilities and forever incremental backup are some of the more noticeable features of Cohesity. A lot of customers also praise the overall performance of the solution.

Shortcomings. Cohesity’s reporting capabilities tend to get a lot of flak, for a number of reasons. The same could be said for the user interface as a whole – and for the fact that some of the mandatory Cohesity updates can only be installed using the command line, making them a lot more inconvenient than ever before. Cohesity may have limited support capabilities.

Veeam Backup & Replication

As one of the most well-known backup solutions on the market, Veeam Backup and Recovery can offer a lot of usability to its clients. It is fast, reliable, and can offer a wealth of features to choose from, such as granular file recovery, app-aware backups, instant recovery to NAS, CDP support, SharePoint/Exchange support, and so on.

4.6/5 score based on 1,630 customer reviews

Advantages. Surprisingly affordable for its status as one of the biggest solutions on the market. It can also be set up with relative ease, and is generally a very versatile solution that works for plenty of data types and formats.

Shortcomings. Veeam cannot save individual files for a prolonged time period, and its VM support capabilities can be considered bare-bones, at best. It can also be confusing to navigate all of the different variations and types of the software, and the pricing, while low, is still not low enough to be in the “affordable” range for most small businesses. Veeam may have security weaknesses.

Commvault CDP (Complete Data Protection)

Commvault claims to focus on three main target areas – disaster recovery, centralized management, and data security. This kind of focus is what made it so useful when it comes to creating backups for different systems and environments, ranging from physical to virtual and cloud environments, supporting physical storages, databases, applications, and more.

4.5/5 score based on 449 customer reviews

Advantages. Commvault has been around for quite a while for this industry’s standards, and its reliability over the years is often considered one of its strongest points, along with the versatility of the search function and the general feature set (in terms of how it can cover plenty of different environments).

Shortcomings. Commvault is not an easy solution to deploy and configure, it is also not the most user-friendly interface on the market, and its price as a whole is not exactly affordable for most SMBs out there.

Veritas NetBackup

Veritas NetBackup is a rather well-known backup solution that supports regular backups for workstations or servers, as well as backups for virtual environments, backups for databases, and more. There are plenty of features to work with, as well, be it public cloud support, data deduplication, tape support, and a wealth of automation capabilities.

4.8/5 score based on 413 customer reviews

Advantages. Veritas supports physical, virtual, and hybrid environments, it can offer data automation, data security, and more. The solution itself is also highly regarded in terms of effectiveness and versatility.

Shortcomings. Veritas cannot be considered a cost-effective solution, and its price, while not exactly outrageous, is not particularly low, either. What this means is that most smaller and middle-sized companies are not likely to use Veritas purely because of budgeting reasons. Additionally, some specific operations make Veritas slow down a lot, and the first-time setup can be needlessly complicated at times.


Arcserve’s purpose was always to try and offer an enterprise-level data protection solution that would also not be as difficult to work with as most high-level solutions on the market. Arcserve UDP works as a great backup and recovery solution for various business types, with its support for different data and storage types, ranging from physical storage and databases to virtual environments and applications.

4.5/5 score based on 167 customer reviews

Advantages. Arcserve is a rather scalable solution in itself, making it suitable for many different business types and sizes. At the same time, Arcserve receives a lot of praise for its deduplication capabilities, as well as the ability to access backed up files directly if necessary.

Shortcomings. The licensing model of Arcserve is too complicated for its own good, its interface is not particularly user-friendly, and there are plenty of minor errors and bugs across the entire software.

Unitrends Backup and Recovery

Unitrends Backup and Recovery is a solution that not that many people know of – despite the fact that it is something of a powerhouse when it comes to backup features. It can work with plenty of different data storage types, including SaaS workloads, endpoint data, data centers, IaaS workloads, and more. At the same time, there are plenty of features to work with, such as end-to-end data protection, a variety of automation capabilities, and so on.

4.2/5 score based on 135 customer reviews

Advantages. Simple and easy data restoration process is quite attractive for more casual users. The same could be said for the default set of backup settings, which should be enough for most regular cases of data protection. Unitrends also offers a granular level of control over different strategies and methods of data protection, if the user wants to modify them in some way.

Shortcomings. Title updates may be somewhat too frequent for some users, and there are plenty of inconveniences to work around – false positive alerts, weird interface design choices, and so on. Unitrends is also fairly expensive, making it practically inaccessible for small businesses.


Zerto is a software-only backup solution that targets primarily cloud services and storage locations – even though it is capable of working with either physical, virtual, or hybrid environments. Zerto’s a fairly simple solution, it can turn a lot of complex topics such as data recovery and data protection to be far easier than they usually are.

4.7/5 score based on 206 customer reviews

Advantages. Some of the biggest praise-worthy points of Zerto are its dedicated mobile app, its centralized dashboard, and its disaster recovery features. Zerto is also both fast and secure, making it one of the best choices for basic backup/recovery tasks.

Shortcomings. Zerto cannot be used with an operating system that is not Windows at this moment in time. Accordingly, security levels may be compromised. The number of different educational materials about the solution itself, combined with a fairly unresponsive UI, makes it rather difficult to work with in some cases, and it is also fairly expensive by industry’s standards.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication

NAKIVO as a backup solution is scalable and flexible enough to be able to work with pretty much every business out there, from small startups to large enterprises. It works with Windows/Linux environments, supports applications, databases, VMs, and so on. It can offer features such as app-aware incremental backups, instant file recovery, etc.

4.8/5 score based on 415 customer reviews

Advantages. The sheer variety of different data types and storage variations supported by NAKIVO is a praise-worthy topic. The same could be said for its initial setup/configuration process, as well as many other advantages.

Shortcomings. NAKIVO’s reporting capabilities are somewhat standard and bare-bones, the same could be said for some other features of the solution. NAKIVO’s pricing is also not particularly user-friendly, and would not be the best option for most smaller companies or businesses.

Bacula Enterprise as a Druva alternative

A likely alternative is Bacula Enterprise, which has an especially large choice of modules for a great variety of services and solutions supported for its clients. Bacula Enterprise can create physical backups on-premise, has extensive Linux support, bare metal backup capabilities, advanced deduplication, and especially high security levels against ransomware, etc. It is also compatible with a large range of hypervisors, containers, public and private clouds, has in-Cloud capabilities, and works with many storage destinations.

Bacula also offers single file recovery thanks to its native integration into an especially wide range of virtual machines. It offers extremely fast recovery of data from high transaction, large databases where – for a business – each second of downtime can be counted in lost dollars. Generally speaking, Bacula is a more than realistic Druva alternative if you’re looking to orchestrate cloud and hybrid backup with multiple on-premises capabilities, or need high security, or multiple storage destinations and high versatility.


About the author
Rob Morrison
Rob Morrison is the marketing director at Bacula Systems. He started his IT marketing career with Silicon Graphics in Switzerland, performing strongly in various marketing management roles for almost 10 years. In the next 10 years Rob also held various marketing management positions in JBoss, Red Hat and Pentaho ensuring market share growth for these well-known companies. He is a graduate of Plymouth University and holds an Honours Digital Media and Communications degree, and completed an Overseas Studies Program.