The 20 Coolest Cloud Storage Companies Of The 2022 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.
The definition of “cloud storage” has recently become very flexible. It’s not all about the cloud. And it’s not all about storage. Instead, cloud storage encompasses a wide range of technologies from straight-forward backup and recovery software to sophisticated technologies that seamlessly tie data across on-premises, private clouds, and public clouds and treat it the same no matter where it resides.
As the definition of “cloud storage” has morphed, so has the kinds of companies that offer the technology. While it used to be the domain of software vendors, today legacy storage hardware vendors like NetApp and Pure Storage are very active leaders in the cloud storage space given the need of customers to know their data is accessible and protected no matter where it resides or how it moves.
Anyone looking for a list of software vendors here will be disappointed. Cloud storage is all about the data, not where it sits. And as part of CRN’s 2022 Cloud 100, this list of 20 cloud storage vendors proves our point.
Acronis unites data protection, disaster recovery, and enterprise file sync and share with cybersecurity to help businesses manage storage and security in the cloud. In May, Acronis received over $250 million in venture funding and in July named former GoDaddy executive Patrick Pulvermueller as its new CEO.
Arcserve, the developer of the Unified Data Protection platform that lets businesses protect data from multiple sites to public and private clouds, in March merged with StorageCraft. The new company combines Arcserve’s global reach and enterprise and midsize business technology with StorageCraft’s MSP and SMB-focused capabilities.
Axcient is the developer of the Axcient x360 business continuity and disaster recovery software, which combines the x360Cloud cloud-focused software for protecting Exchange Online, OneDrive, SharePoint and Teams data; x360 Recover data recovery technology for MSPs; and x360Sync for secure file sync and share.
Co-Founder, Chairperson, CEO
Backblaze made waves in November 2021 with its IPO. The company provides scalable cloud storage services for a significantly lower cost than AWS, about $5 per TB, per month. It also provides cloud-based backup of PCs, servers and NAS appliances, as well as backups of data on partner Veeam.
Cloudian focuses on the development of Amazon S3-compatible object storage technologies. Its HyperStore Object Storage S3-compatible object storage platform provides seamless scalability, while its HyperFile works with HyperStore to delivers scalable enterprise file services on-premises.
Clumio offers secure, scalable data protection as a service to help simplify the backing up of data in AWS. In 2021 the company expanded2 its Clumio Protect to include Amazon S3 and Microsoft SQL Server, as well as RansomProtect, a SaaS-based air-gapped ransomware offering.
Cohesity is the developer of the Helios multicloud data platform that provides comprehensive data management services including data protection, software-defined file and object services, automated disaster recovery, instant near-zero-cost data clones for developers, and inplace data analytics, all from a single platform.
Director, President, CEO
Commvault expanded its Metallic Software-as-a-Service portfolio in May with its new unified Intelligent Data Services Platform that leverages parts from the entire Commvault portfolio to provide end-to-end data management and protection, security, compliance and governance, data transformation, and data insight.
Datacore is a pioneer in software-defined storage, with technologies aimed at providing businesses with block, file and object storage. Its technology is available for business continuity and disaster recovery, storage aggregation, infrastructure modernization and hyperconverged infrastructure applications.
The company develops a global file system technology to universally deliver software-defined storage services for data on any infrastructure or cloud. Hammerspace in November introduced the Global Data Environment and said it enables the creation, processing, storage, protection and access of data stored on any data center or in any cloud.
HYCU Protege is built for customers’ choice of cloud platform, including Google Cloud, AWS and Microsoft Azure, as well as enterprise clouds built on VMware and Nutanix. The company’s ransomware recovery readiness score is a free way for businesses to anonymously understand their ability to recover from an attack.
Infrascale develops cloud-based data protection with backup and disaster recovery technologies the company said helps remove the complexity of secure, off-site data storage. The company in March unveiled six additions to its Infrascale Disaster Recovery line targeting MSPs and solution providers servicing SMB and midmarket customers.
NetApp early on recognized the importance of seamlessly tying on-premises storage to public clouds and of managing data across on-premises, private and public clouds, and the edge. The company has also started moving beyond cloud-based storage with a number of acquisitions including Spot, CloudJumper and Data Mechanics.
OwnBackup specializes in protecting data in the Salesforce environment, including data from Salesforce, nCino, Veeva and Sage. Salesforce is one of its investors. The company in June acquired Nimmetry, a company with operations in the U.S. and India focused on integrating SaaS-based data with a microservices architecture.
Executive Chairwoman, CEO
Panzura layers governance and analytics on top of the storage layer and intelligence and logistics on top of that. Its CloudFS global cloud file system, available as a service, helps businesses access data from anywhere via the cloud with intelligent caching and scalable simultaneous bursting to give every user the same view of every file.
Pure Storage develops technologies for spanning the unified management of data across on-premises and cloud environments. Pure Storage in December rolled out its new FlashArray//XL, featuring the performance and scalability to work with the highest-performance enterprise workloads and form the basis for an onpremises cloud.
Rubrik offers a single platform bringing data protection, archiving, search, analytics, compliance and copy data management across on-premises and cloud environments. Its appliance, software and cloud technologies have over time become infused with ransomware capabilities to investigate and contain incidents and provide recovery.
Veeam provides a single platform to help businesses modernize their data protection across cloud, virtual, physical, SaaS and Kubernetes environments. It works closely with some of the top physical and cloud storage vendors to help businesses with integrated offerings. The company last year also opened a new U.S. federal government subsidiary.
Veritas maintains one of the industry’s largest portfolio of related software, with its enterprise NetBackup and midsize business Backup Exec data protection applications, along with applications for analytics, data compliance and governance, eDiscovery, archiving, performance and life-cycle management, and image-based recovery.
Co-Founder, President, CEO
Wasabi has become a strategic cloud storage partner to the top names in data protection software, with MSP360, Nutanix, RackNerd, Jetstream and Veritas joining the list in 2021. Wasabi has said it provides cloud storage faster than that of its competitor with a total cost that is more than 80 percent lower than Amazon S3 with no egress or API fees.