Niche Player: Micro Focus
Micro Focus was added to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant this year after it purchased HPE’s backup product, Data Protector. The U.K.-based company placed last in both vision and execution on the Magic Quadrant. Data Protector is well positioned for protecting physical and virtual environments and Micro Focus continues to make enhancements to Data Protector, including support for Amazon S3 as a backup target destination. Data Protector provides deep integration with SAP and SAP HANA environments, protecting both system and tenant databases in stand-alone and cluster SAP systems.
Data Protector is used mainly in physical environments protecting mission-critical databases and business applications. Data Protector is often bundled with HPE StoreOnce, which is used as a backup target.
Strength: Data Protector provides rich monitoring and analytics capabilities that simplify capacity management and ensure backup performance SLAs are met.
Weakness: Micro Focus continues to rebuild its channel partner relationships. Based on customer interactions, Gartner said this has resulted in below-average customer experience as channel partners switch to competitive solutions.