Endpoint Backup: It’s Not Just Data Protection Anymore (Pt. 2)

Endpoint Backup: It’s Not Just Data Protection Anymore (Pt. 2)

This is the second in a three part series

I have been looking closely at Druva for over six months, and it’s clear to me that the company has built a strong foundation for data protection and governance. Druva has built many must-have features into their comprehensive product, inSync. All of these features provide value, however I’ll expand on a few that grabbed my attention and that provide greater ease of data access, protection and governance:

File Sync
Druva has proven experience in this area. From a competitive perspective, Druva got the jump on their competitors, deploying file sync in 2012.

With integrated file sharing, Druva allows organizations to use the same storage for both backup and file sharing needs – thereby more efficiently using storage capacity and helping to trim overall storage coasts. Additionally, users can access their data from any device, and IT can control file sharing behavior such as limiting to view-only without the ability to edit or download, set links to files that can have expirations dates, and limiting file sharing to just within the company or organization only.

Data handling
Druva’s advanced deduplication (which occurs on the endpoint device) is an excellent approach that helps to conquer long backup times and swamped bandwidth conditions. In many use cases, Druva’s customers are realizing a 90% saving on storage and bandwidth consumption when compared to competitive solutions. Some would say, and count me in, that this is remarkable storage space savings and certainly a vast improvement in network bandwidth reduction.

Druva calls the dedupe function “global deduplication” and it produces smaller, faster backups by eliminating data redundancy across all users. Additionally, the application-aware deduplication understands application formats and can accurately determine block boundaries for deduplication – in other words, an intelligent and intuitive deduplication.

Additionally, Druva’s HyperCache functionality reduces the server load, enabling deduplication to scale to any amount of users.

Given that inSync creates a pool of centralized data that users can access from anywhere, it naturally follows that Druva provides integrated tools to enable compliance and eDiscovery. An advantage to having a centralized pool of data is that endpoint user devices are not impacted during the eDiscovery period or when compliance polices are executed.

Additionally, the integrated tools enable an admin to preserve and collect pertinent data. IT is able to create legal holds on data and enable access to the held data by members of the company’s legal team.

Essentially, Druva’s eDiscovery capability enables a company to turn on a dime to find and preserve data related to potential litigation.

Join us next week for part three in the series.


Tom Trainer

Tom Trainer is founder and president of analyst firm Analytico. Prior to founding Analytico, Trainer was Principal Storage Product Marketing Manager at Red Hat, and Director of Marketing at Gluster prior to its acquisition by Red Hat. Tom has worked as managing senior partner at Evaluator Group, and also held senior positions at EMC, HDS, Auspex, and Memorex-Telex during his 30-year career in IT.


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