SharePoint Solution Vendor Sets Out to Disrupt the Status Quo

When Metalogix acquired Idera’s SharePoint business, it also acquired its SharePoint backup solution. Now, after a series of performance improvements and stabilization changes, and added support for SharePoint 2013, it’s ready—just in time for Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014 (SPC14) no less, which starts next week.

But the backup-solution biz is a slow-moving one—you don’t see customers leaping from one solution to another very often. And some vendors count on that, says Metalogix chief strategy and marketing officer, Jignesh Shah.

How does a company get people to switch backup solutions?

Which is why Metalogix is “disrupting” the backup solution space by running a unique offer for SharePoint Backup. The company is offering the chance to switch now to Metalogix SharePoint Backup for half the cost of an organization’s existing backup maintenance contract, guaranteed, Shah says.

Additionally, the company has some “major announcements” planned for SPC14 next week, Shah says.

Both Shah and Trevor Hellebuyck, Metalogix CTO for product management and architecture see SPC14 as significant for the Microsoft’s messaging around on-premises.

“85 percent of SharePoint implementations are on prem or on Azure or Rackspace,” Shah says. “We do see a growing place for cloud and Office 365, but absolutely there’s a need for on-prem.”

“Most ISVs would be smart if they hedged their bet—Office 365 is growing but on-prem will grow too,” Hellebuyck noted.

What are they looking forward to hearing more about at SPC 14?

Shah: “Learning more about Yammer and Office 365 integration, a re-orientation around on-premises.”

Hellebuyck: “Bill Baer’s been public about it—hybrid has been lost in the messaging. There’ll be a reaffirmation of on prem, and how to manage and deploy hybrid.”

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on Mar 12, 2015

MetaVIs has been a reliable backup solution. To be honest there are quite a few others too. Its a matter of "comfort zone" with the solution...Breaking into that comfort zone will require some pretty aggressive posturing and they are doing it....

But....Azure might be gaining traction but it certainly is far behind right now and is very expensive for average and above average workloads. RackSpace is doing better than Azure....Having said that there are many cloud providers who provide Private as well as Hybrid clouds and they form a major chunk of the market for people who have dedicated solutions but not On-Prem.

The other aspect is Multi-Tenant which is basically hosting. O365 entry level is exactly that and yes MSFT has a huge traction there.

With SharePoint 2016 "announced"....On-Prem and Hybrid will gain further traction with MSFT still trying to push its own cloud agenda.

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Caroline Marwitz writes at the intersection of technology, design, and psychology, riffing on her years as editor and web content manager for SharePoint Pro Magazine and editor at Windows IT Pro...

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