The variety and volume of information in enterprises has increased dramatically over the last 10 years and the need to implement mechanisms for data protection has grown significantly. The number of backup solutions for enterprises has increased accordingly, even though competition between vendors is becoming evermore sophisticated. One of these solutions is Microfocus Data Protection – a set of modular tools that execute backup of the sensitive data of organizations and protect from situations that may affect data availability and integrity. This application is provided by Microfocus Enterprise, which offers solutions to businesses including analytical tools and applications. In 2017 it merged with Hewlett Packard Enterprise. This M&A deal gave the opportunity to consolidate applications and software developed by both organizations and offer them as a unified portfolio of services.
Data protection allows users to configure and manage backup and recovery of their. organization’s activities using existing technology resources, and different and varied storage devices located in various locations and in corporate heterogeneous environments. This can be done from one or more centralized configuration and management consoles.
Among the functions and features that are offered by Microfocus Data Protection are:
The arrival of new technologies and emergence of new paradigms led to more backup and recovery applications emerging, not only to be able to integrate with existing technologies but also, exploiting these new resources in both an IT and a business context.
Some of these technologies and changes are:
In addition to the use of these technologies and concepts, backup solutions including Microfocus have developed the following features and functionalities:
As enterprise backup software, Microfocus has many features in common with competitors. However some of the newer players have taken more advantage of the new technologies, which in turn facilitates:
Considering the fact that this technology is in constant growth and evolution, and continuous improvements in terms of existing paradigms are still under development, it is very likely that Microfocus competitors will maintain this trend and take advantage of the following improvements:
Bacula Enterprise Edition and Microfocus Data Protection are competitors and share many characteristics as enterprise backup software, however Bacula Enterprise offers solutions with greater breadth of features, combined with a simpler, lower cost licensing model. This licensing model is based only on the number of backup agents with zero charges for CPUs, sockets or data volume. This licensing takes the form of an annual subscription, which includes its highly renowned support services as well as the software.