Datto vs Asigra: find out which is better for your business?

by Sep 8, 2016Business Continuity

Let’s take a closer look at Datto vs Asigra

If you are in the market for a new business continuity solution, there are many options out there and it can feel overwhelming. That said, of late, we’ve been reviewing a lot of the popular solutions against the Datto SIRIS. Today, we’re going to take a look at Datto vs Asigra. With anything, there are pros and cons to both solutions. Here we go:

Who has the proven history?

Asigra is an established player in the backup and recovery space, boasting about 30 years of experience. They have have a long history supporting a wide range of of platforms. That said, they are relatively new to the disaster recovery field. Their first true BDR solution debuted last summer.

Datto is a relative newcomer to backup and recovery, founded in 2007 by Austin McChord. That said, the company has been laser-focused on its objective to be the leader in Business Continuity and therefore have dedicated its efforts to the cause with solutions that can virtually eliminate downtime. Their solutions are built for businesses of every size, regardless of infrastructure. What’s more, the Datto SIRIS has recently been updated and now Linux, Mac and Windows OS.

What about the solution?

Asigra is a software solution, so there is less of an upfront investment. However, it does mean that dedicated hardware and license servers are required. In fact, two license servers are recommended to mitigate the possibility of a single point of failure.

Datto solutions are appliance or software virtual appliances. For a monthly fee, clients receive 24/7 support, licensing and cloud storage. They manage cloud operations as well as any disaster recovery situation that may arise in an effort to streamline the process for their clients.

How quickly can I be restored after a backup?

Both solutions offer competitive restore times–however, Datto is the fastest in the industry with an unprecedented :06 recovery time, while Asigra needs 5-20 minutes to restart virtual machines.

As for backup methodology, Asigra uses incremental backup technology–which is quick and require little compute resources. One consideration for this methodology is that it relies on the backup chain being complete. It can also become corrupt, which jeopardizes a restore. On the other hand, Datto developed proprietary technology that takes a fresh approach. Each time a snapshot-based incremental backup is taken, changes are replicated on the Datto device (and to Datto’s cloud) creating a perfectly mirrored copy of protected servers. Now, instead of chains of dependent incrementals, every previous recovery point in an independent, fully constructed state, so there is no rebuild process when reverting to a previous point in time.

What’s the deal with offsite cloud backup?

They each take a unique approach here. First, we’ll look at Asigra. They provide site to site replication and rely on the provider to complete the solution by building a remote site for backup and host VMs for failover. On the other hand, Datto offers a fully integrated cloud backup and DR platform with unlimited storage plans. For the majority of businesses, the edge in this category goes to Datto as they find their approach simple and cost effective.

What about the fine print?

Both BDR providers offer US-based support. However, Asigra does charge an incremental fee, while Datto includes support in its monthly fee. Also, the warranty is an important factor to consider. Right now, Datto is offering an impressive 5-year warranty on its newest technology--the SIRIS 3. Asigra doesn’t offer a warranty for their solution.

Interested in learning more about Datto vs Asigra for business continuity? Contact us today and speak with one of our specialists. Our staff is made up of Certified Advanced Technicians, specializing in all things business continuity.

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