The Arcserve-StorageCraft merger, announced this morning, has an expansive data protection product portfolio for channel partners and MSPs to leverage.
Still, entrenched and emerging rivals also loom. Here’s a sampling of the data protection, backup and disaster recovery (BDR) market, and the channel-oriented storage and technology companies within.
1. MSP-SMB Sector: Here, companies like StorageCraft and Zenith Infotech were the early market leaders. Zenith ultimately imploded after a debt default. StorageCraft continues to have a strong following of about 5,000 MSPs or so. But the company was leapfrogged by Datto roughly five to seven years ago, mostly because of Datto’s pure-play, fanatical focus on MSPs. Ironically, some early Datto solutions leveraged StorageCraft’s technology. Fast forward to Datto’s October 2020 IPO, and the company said it had grown to serve 17,000 MSPs — or roughly three times the StorageCraft base.