The 20 Coolest Data Protection Companies: The 2020 Storage 100

The 20 coolest data protection vendors of the Storage 100 ensure data is backed up and archived, and is accessible should it need to be recovered.

Protecting massive and growing amounts of data from a host of potential issues is where data protection vendors come in.

These companies help ensure data is backed up and archived, and is accessible should it need to be recovered.

As part of CRN's 2020 Storage 100, here are the 20 coolest data protection companies.


Serguei Beloussov

Chairman, CEO

Acronis provides cyber protection in physical, cloud and mobile environments to over 500,000 businesses via a wide range of data protection, anti-ransomware, disaster recovery, cloud storage, and enterprise file sync and share offerings. Its technology includes AI-based active protection technology and blockchain-based data authentication.

Amazon Web Services

Andy Jassy


AWS offers virtually unlimited storage capacity for a wide range of storage services, including object, file, and block storage services; cloud data migration options; backup and restore; archiving; and more. Its Amazon Simple Storage Service, or Amazon S3, is the standard back end to many cloud storage offerings.


Tom Signorello


Arcserve was an early developer of data backup technologies, and now provides channel partners with a full range of data protection capabilities including software for protecting, migrating and archiving data as well as several purpose-built appliances providing on-premises, cloud and hybrid data protection.


David Farajun

Founder, CEO

Asigra provides enterprise data protection along with business continuity, ransomware protection, compliance management, and cloud SaaS. Its Asigra Cloud Backup platform includes an intuitive management console, instant data recovery, an agentless cloud backup architecture, autonomic healing, and continuous data protection.


David Bennett


Axcient provides data protection, cloud-to-cloud backup, and file sync and share technologies. Its X360 platform combines its CloudFinder Office 365 data protection technology, its Anchor file sync and share technology, and its Replibit business continuity and disaster recovery software.


Gleb Budman


Backblaze focuses on cloud-based data protection, with business-focused and personal data protection available on a yearly subscription with unlimited data and bandwidth. The company also offers technology to let developers and IT professionals build their own cloud storage offerings.

Carbonite, an OpenText company

Mark Barranechea

OpenText Vice Chairman, CEO, CTO

Carbonite, which late last year was acquired by information management company OpenText, is a pioneer in the development of cloud-based subscription data protection, disaster recovery and endpoint security to SMBs, including all-in-one offerings with hardware, software and cloud services.


Poojan Kumar

Co-Founder, CEO

Clumio last year entered the SaaS-based data protection market with two funding rounds totaling $186 million. It provides secure enterprise Backup as a Service aimed at consolidating data protection across data centers and public clouds, with automatic expansion and contraction of resources.

Cobalt Iron

Richard Spurlock

Founder, CEO

Cobalt Iron provides SaaS-based enterprise data protection with a 100 percent channel focus. Its Compass platform uses analytics, SaaS, multi-cloud and virtualization to provide full backup, archive and recovery offerings across on-premises, private cloud, public cloud and hybrid infrastructures.


Tim Page


Datrium offers Disaster Recovery as a Service combined with VMware Cloud on AWS to protect all VMware workloads with cloud backup, disaster recovery orchestration, and on-demand disaster recovery sites. Its Datrium DVX is a disaggregated hyperconverged infrastructure system combining primary, backup and disaster recovery storage.


Tim Weller


Datto has grown into a business continuity and data recovery powerhouse with its new Datto Unified Continuity platform, which gives MSPs the tools to protect critical business data on servers, personal devices and in the cloud with such capabilities as ransomware protection and fast recovery.


Jaspreet Singh

Founder, CEO

The Druva Cloud Platform is built on AWS and offered as a service to provide data protection and management. It allows accessible, infinitely scalable and completely autonomous enterprise data resiliency, and provides capacity planning and software management while helping businesses eliminate unnecessary hardware.

Google Cloud

Thomas Kurian


Google Cloud Storage provides worldwide, highly durable object storage that scales to exabytes of data. It allows instant access to data from any storage class depending on access and cost criteria, integrates storage into customer applications with a single unified API, and helps businesses optimize price and performance.


Simon Taylor


HYCU Protege, which started shipping in December, provides enterprises with intelligent, application-aware data assurance, migration, single-click disaster recovery, and cross-cloud management across AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, VMware and Nutanix environments.


Satya Nadella


Microsoft Azure provides secure cloud storage that protects business’ data infrastructures while they build apps and provide other cloud services. It allows integration of on-premises data with cloud data and provides global scalability while meeting compliance and privacy requirements.


Brian Helwig


MSP360 provides cloud-based backup and file management services to SMBs. Its offerings include backup management capabilities and military-grade encryption using customer-controlled keys. Customers can store their backup data with Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Wasabi and others.


Bipul Sinha

Co-Founder, CEO

Rubrik’s platform drives a consistent management experience across all environments with a single policy-based offering for on-premises, the edge and in the cloud. The Rubrik platform promises applications and data are instantly accessible in an immutable format for recovery after a ransomware attack.


Matt Medeiros

Chairman, CEO

StorageCraft’s ShadowXafe platform provides scalable data protection and recovery to protect data in physical or virtual systems, with the ability to boot backup images as virtual machines in milliseconds. Its OneXafe platform integrates data protection with scale-out storage.

Unitrends, a Kaseya company

Fred Voccola

CEO, Kaseya

Unitrends develops appliance-based and cloud-based data protection technology. Unitrends Helix is an intelligent SaaS remediation platform that, when paired with Unitrends backup appliances, automatically fixes backup and recovery issues and then sends related updates.


David Friend

Co-Founder, President, CEO

Wasabi promises to provide cloud storage with significantly higher performance and lower cost than that provided by AWS, and in February introduced its Reserved Capacity Storage pricing model that allows customers to purchase a reserved amount of cloud storage for a fixed price for periods of up to five years.