The 20 Coolest Data Protection Companies: The 2022 Storage 100

As part of CRN’s 2022 Storage 100, here are 20 of the hottest vendors that are helping simplify data protection.

Protecting data is a complicated business, one where an error can cause a company untold harm.

However, this is a fast-moving part of the storage industry, and vendors are working hard to make data easier.

As part of CRN’s 2022 Storage 100, here are 20 of the hottest vendors that are helping simplify data protection.


Patrick Pulvermueller


Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud brings together data protection and data security, including AI-based anti-malware, antivirus and endpoint protection management, in a single platform specifically for MSPs and other service providers. Customers can add extensions for advanced security, backup, disaster recovery and more as needed.


Brannon Lacey


Arcserve has been providing data protection, archiving and disaster recovery technologies to channel partners for over 30 years. The company now has a strong presence in cloud, onpremises and highly virtualized environments with both its stand-alone software and its UDP series of data protection appliances.


Eric Simmons

President, CEO

Asigra provides enterprise data protection, business continuity, ransomware protection, compliance management and data protection appliances to protect data in physical, virtual and cloud environments. The company’s new Asigra Cloud Backup with Deep MFA adds multifactor authentication to help prevent backup data deletions or malicious encryption.


Tianyi “TJ” Jiang


AvePoint offers a full suite of SaaS offerings to migrate, manage and protect data in Microsoft 365 environments. The company said its SaaS offerings are in use by over 8 million cloud users as well as by MSPs to support and manage their small- and midsizebusiness customers with multitenant data protection capabilities.


David Bennett


Axcient provides data protection and disaster recovery technologies exclusively through MSPs. The company’s technologies address a wide range of customer issues including file sync and share, backup, disaster recovery, and cloud-to-cloud backup for many of the most popular cloud applications being used by small to midsize businesses.


Gleb Budman

Chairperson, CEO

Backblaze provides multi-cloud, multi-region data protection in business-focused and personal-focused versions at what it has said is about one-quarter the cost of similar services from AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, with simple, up-front pricing. The company had its IPO in November, raising $100 million.

Calamu Technologies

Paul Lewis

Founder, CEO

Calamu Protect combines data and ran somware protection that automatically fragments data across multiple sepa rate locations while at rest to nullify the impact of a breach or ransomware attack. Individual data fragments on their own are worthless, according to the company, but com bined with self-healing help provide data resil ience and compliance.


Poojan Kumar

Co-Founder, CEO

Clumio offers secure, scalable data protection as a service for AWS environments. Clumio Protect provides ransomware protection, compliancedriven data retention, and rapid recovery for AWS EBS, EC2 and S3 instances as well as AWS native databases, while Clumio Discover provides enhanced reporting and deep visibility into AWS.

Cobalt Iron

Richard Spurlock

Founder, CEO

Cobalt Iron provides SaaS-based enterprise data protection technology. Its Compass architecture uses modern analytics, SaaS, multicloud and virtualization technologies as a base for Commander, its web dashboard with a simple and intuitive user experience, and Analytics Engine, which delivers insight for enterprise data protection.


Tim Weller


While Datto in 2017 became an MSP platform provider with its Autotask merger, the company was an early data protection technology pioneer. Datto continues to offer leading MSP-focused data protection technologies including file protection, cloud-based continuity, SaaS protection, sync and share, and Azure-focused protection.


Jaspreet Singh

Founder, CEO

Druva developed its infinitely scalable SaaS-focused Data Resiliency Cloud to give businesses cyber, data and operational resilience. Delivered as a service, it includes global deduplication and automated long-term retention, as well as built-in intelligence about data to help with ransomware monitoring, analytics and more.


Todd Brooks


FalconStor helps modernize hybrid cloud backup and archiving. Its product line includes StorSafe software to turn physical or virtual servers into a virtual tape drive, StorGuard software that lets x86 servers provide advanced data services without impacting array performance, and StorSight for secure multitenant management.


Simon Taylor


HYCU provides a multi-cloud backup as a service offering a native cloud experience with full application awareness. The company offers versions purpose-built for enterprise clouds built on Nutanix or VMware, as well as for public clouds including Google, Azure and AWS and for Kubernetes and Microsoft 365.


Rob Peterson


Infrascale provides cloud-based backup and disaster recovery. Its Infrascale Cloud Application Backup protects Microsoft 365, Google Workspace, Box, Dropbox and Salesforce data; Infrascale Cloud Backup provides direct-to-cloud protection for mobile devices and remote offices; and Infrascale Backup & Disaster Recovery recovers data fast after a failure.


Brian Helwig


MSP360, formally known as CloudBerry Lab, provides integrated data protection, secure remote access software, and remote monitoring and management. Its MSP360 Managed Backup protects data from Windows, VMware, Hyper-V, MacOS, Microsoft 365, Linux and Google Workspace to AWS, Google, Wasabi, Azure and local disk


Bruce Talley

Co-Founder, CEO

Nakivo develops data protection and site recovery software for SMB and enterprise customers. Nakivo Backup & Replication offers enterprise-grade-level capabilities while being lightweight and easy to use. It includes a full suite of backup, replication and recovery capabilities for physical, virtual and cloud environments.


Sam Gutmann


OwnBackup is a key data backup, archiving and sandbox seeding app on the Salesforce AppExchange with over 4,000 customers. It counts Salesforce Ventures as an investor. OwnBackup also helps increase the security of Salesforce data and targets protecting data in other SaaS applications including Microsoft Dynamics


Mike Potter


Rewind focuses on protecting data related to specific SaaS applications, including such commonly used applications as Shopi f y, BigCommerce, QuickBooks Online, GitHub, Trello, Microsoft 365 and Jira. It also provides continuous, automatic copies of data generated by SaaS applications including Shopify, BigCommerce and QuickBooks Online.


Bipul Sinha

Co-Founder, CEO

Rubrik proves zero-trust security data protection, focusing on making data natively immutable so that it can never be modified, encrypted or deleted by ransomware. Its applications also provide ransomware investigation, sensitive data discovery, incident containment and orchestrated application recovery, all available as a subscription.


David Friend

Founder, President, CEO

Wasabi develops what it calls Hot Cloud Storage, a cloud storage technology the company said is one-fifth the price of competing storage clouds, with no egress fees, API call charges or additional hidden fees. It is also the back-end storage cloud of many data protection vendors, including Nutanix, MSP360 and Veeam.