The 20 Coolest Cloud Storage Companies Of The 2024 Cloud 100
These 20 cloud storage vendors are instrumental in letting customers know their data is accessible and protected no matter where it resides or how it moves.
Cloud Storage Redefined
Cloud storage does include the word “cloud,” but much of the data associated with the technology moves between the cloud and on-premises storage, depending on what infrastructure is most cost-effective in terms of performance needed.
Cloud storage also includes the word “storage,” but that may be primary or secondary storage, archival storage, or even ephemeral storage.
And the term cloud storage doesn’t even intuitively include some of the key functionalities required by customers of their data including management, migration, sync and share, collaboration, and cyber resilience.
Cloud storage has become a very broad category of technologies encompassing all the above and more.
As part of CRN’s 2024 Cloud 100 list, here are 20 companies making their mark in the cloud storage space.
Arcserve is one of the oldest data protection developers in the industry, but don’t let its age fool you. The company remains on the leading edge of development with its data protection software and appliances, SaaS data protection, backup and disaster recovery as a service, immutable storage and data management, all with a strong cloud foundation.
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AvePoint built its early Microsoft email data backup into a key platform for helping modernize business data, add resilience, and add digital workplace management across Microsoft, Google, Salesforce and other SaaS environments. It offers capabilities across AI and machine learning, SaaS management, data protection, governance as well as a variety of Microsoft-focused SaaS offerings.
Axcient develops business continuity and disaster recovery technologies aimed specifically at MSPs looking to help their customers secure their data and quickly recover it in case of a loss, including Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace data. The company’s x360 platform offers data protection, cloud-to-cloud backups, and secure file sync and share.
Cloudian specializes in AWS S3-compatible object storage systems in conjunction with such technology partners as VMware, HPE, Lenovo, AWS, and more. The company’s cloud-native storage technology helps businesses across all industries to manage complex object storage in a scalable fashion that starts with a few nodes but grows non-disruptively to exabytes of data around the globe.
Cohesity is an innovator in bringing AI-powered data security and management into a single platform. The company, which started as a data protection technology developer, now leads the Data Security Alliance that offers an API-first architecture to integrate with best-in-breed technology providers from security vendors like Palo Alto and Mandiant to enterprise companies like ServiceNow and Cisco Systems.
Data protection vendor Commvault has in the past few years completely reworked its technology to add zero trust security, cloud-isolated immutability, AI-driven early working and automated risk scanning. Its Commvault Cloud gives customers a central cloud-based platform to back up, monitor, report, manage and recover data wherever it is while providing cyber resiliency.
Software-defined storage pioneer DataCore develops software that turns any server into a modern storage system managing data from the core to edge to cloud with such capabilities as data protection and archiving, business continuity and disaster recovery, hyperconverged infrastructure, hybrid cloud, container-native storage, infrastructure modernization, hybrid cloud, and storage as a service.
Hammerspace develops scale-out software to automate unstructured data orchestration and global file access across storage from any vendor at the edge, in data centers and in the cloud. It provides a vendor-neutral technology to make data a global resource to eliminate copy sprawl and help businesses extend the life of existing storage resources to help reduce costs and increase flexibility.
HYCU is a multi-cloud data protection technology developer whose Protégé platform protects critical data from on-premises to public clouds to SaaS. It provides a comprehensive look at a customer’s entire data estate and provides a single pane of glass dashboard to manage that data. HYCU’s new R-Cloud opens the Protégé’s APIs to any SaaS vendor looking to add data protection.
Komprise develops a platform for managing and migrating unstructured file and object data as a service for petabyte-scale environments. The platform analyzes data in the background across data storage silos to provide a global file index the company said helps predict data storage savings, develop plans to manage the data and provide ongoing unstructured data management.
LucidLink’s storage technology allows real-time collaboration primarily for media and entertainment and other heavy data users. It aims to eliminate the need by content creators to pass massive files back and forth between multiple collaborators using the data in those files by providing direct access to data regardless of where it is stored and without the need to make copies.
MSP360 is the developer of MSP360 Managed Backup, which helps provide MSPs and their customers with centralized management, monitoring, reporting and web-based remote access to data. It is natively integrated with all major public cloud services to protect data across Windows, Linux, macOS, VMware, Hyper-V, Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace environments.
Nasuni helps customers scale their data natively to the cloud. The company’s UniFS is a cloud-native global file system that lets customers scale to any level to unify isolated silos of file storage at hundreds of locations around the world via a single cloud platform to eliminate the capacity, volume, snapshot and file size constraints of hardware-based file systems.
While NetApp is most associated with the manufacture of high-performance flash and hybrid flash storage systems, the company was the first on-premises storage vendor to recognize the need to make the software that runs its hardware also run on the cloud to facilitate the storage, management, and migration of data whenever and wherever needed.
Pure Storage has in only 15 years vaulted into the top tier of storage vendors with its focus on all-flash storage. It still builds its own flash storage technology to meet the requirements of its operating system software, and has recently tied that software closely with public cloud providers to store and manage data across on-premises and cloud environments.
Quantum develops high-performance, scalable all-flash file and object storage platforms, as well as disk-based and tape-based backup and archive storage systems. The company also develops a series of network video recording servers and a unified storage platform, along with AI-enabled workflow management technology for media asset management and cloud-based analytics.
Qumulo builds technology to help businesses simplify their unstructured file and object data management for workloads at any scale via a single software platform to store, manage, and curate data at the edge, in core data centers or in the cloud. The company’s flagship offering, Azure Native Qumulo, provides an exabyte-scale, enterprise-grade, fully managed file service in the Azure cloud.
Rubrik is the developer of the Rubrik Security Cloud, which combines data protection and data security with a suite of data protection, data threat analytics, data security posture and cyber recovery capabilities. It operates across cloud and SaaS environments including Microsoft Azure, AWS, Google, Microsoft 365, and more, and across the top enterprise applications.
The Veeam Data Platform from Veeam provides a full range of multilayered hybrid cloud data security capabilities across on-premises, cloud and SaaS infrastructures with proactive threat hunting, immutability everywhere and secure access. It also provides fast recovery of data with secure automated orchestration of the process, all with full infrastructure observability and multi-cloud mobility.
Wasabi is the cloud behind some of the top cloud data protection and storage technology developers. The company’s Hot Cloud Storage, Wasabi Surveillance Cloud, and Wasabi Cloud NAS integrate with a wide range of data protection technologies to provide cloud storage it said costs 80 percent less than that of competitors and includes no egress or other hidden fees.