What It Means to Be Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant
Veritas Perspectives August 24, 2021
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A personal perspective . . . 

You may be familiar with this tagline: Veritas, the leader in enterprise data protection. We don’t make this claim indiscriminately. And, as Chief Marketing Officer, it’s always professionally and personally satisfying for Gartner to recognize and reinforce that leadership position for the 16th consecutive time! It brings special recognition to the team of talented professionals that continually strive to deliver the only backup and recovery solution that’s trusted by 87% of the Fortune Global 500.

What it Means to be the Leader in Enterprise Data Protection

Besides being an often overhyped marketing term used by many vendors to describe their tech as somehow “enterprise-ready," being a leader in the enterprise is an incredibly important concept. Let’s explore the true meaning in the context of enterprise backup and recovery solutions.

For astute readers, you may have noticed a subtle change to the name of this report to the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise [emphasis added] Backup and Recovery Software Solutions. Previously it was termed Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions. The latest MQ doesn’t define the term enterprise, but Gartner is a practitioner of careful and deliberate communications. Words matter and the outcome of the title change is directly reflected in their analysis. 

The Shift in Narrative

With Gartner changing the focus to the needs of the enterprise the new MQ story goes well beyond just the positioning of the vendors in the classic quadrant to the impact this shift is presenting in the details of their analysis. In summary, it’s quite revealing:

  • Poor code quality – Cohesity and Commvault exhibit large numbers of issues with feature releases 
    • [This can occur from inadequate testing and when revenue is prioritized over quality] 
  • Limited enterprise experience – Outside of a narrow set of customers in the U.S., Rubrik and Cohesity have limited enterprise experience or references 
    • [Product capabilities, support, and services have restrictions and are unproven in the enterprise]
  • High cloud costs – Cohesity, Commvault, Rubrik, Druva, and Veeam all suffer from high operational costs in public cloud 
    • [Rehosting an on-prem application in the cloud without a cloud-native approach magnifies architecture limitations and costs]   

As you can see while many NetBackup competitors in the Leader’s quadrant attempt to shift from the mid-market to the enterprise where the demanding nature of the requirements are much more acute; it’s exposing their limitations and weaknesses.

Final Thoughts

Can your backup and recovery software do everything it needs to in a demanding live production environment? Is its security and ransomware resiliency effective to combat a massive attack or an extremely clever group of hackers? Or something we can all relate to when it comes to technology: can it even operate reliably when you need it the most?

With all this in mind, let’s look at just a few key attributes required of an enterprise backup and recovery solution that helps make the word “enterprise” more than just a marketing term, and why we can legitimately claim Veritas is the leader in enterprise data protection:  

  • Secure – keep data safe and encrypted as it passes through servers, storage, and clouds 
  • Industry Compliance – completion of a battery of certifications for regulated industries
  • Integrated – Broad workload support and incorporate other systems and software to accelerate workflows and automate processes 
  • Scalable – Easily add performance and capacity and handle sudden spikes while being easy to administer with thousands of users  
  • Stable - handle the stress of a large, 24x7 business without exposing bugs, slowing, or crashing 
  • Efficient – reduce the costs of cloud-native backup and cloud storage 
  • Ransomware resilient – proven, 100% recovery success rate

Only Veritas NetBackup provides this level of enterprise backup and recovery capabilities. Which ones of the above are you willing to compromise your enterprise on? 

So, the next time you read “Enterprise,” as it relates to Veritas NetBackup know that it’s more than just a marketing term, it’s a critical aspect of both our backup and recovery software solutions and your successful, enterprise business.

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Todd Forsythe
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Todd Forsythe is Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President at Veritas. In this role, he is responsible for leading all aspects of Veritas marketing including Corporate Communications, Product and Solution Marketing, Corporate Marketing and Field Marketing.
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