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AWS re:Invent Recap: Power Sessions, Technical Deep Dive, and Doppelgangers

AWS re:Invent has lived up to its hype, from Kindle Fire giveaways to ping pong tournaments, and booth doppelganger sightings. Our team had a great time, we spoke with many loyal customers, and our remote server backup product (slide 18) Phoenix was listed as one of the HOT products from the show by NetworkWorld!

One big highlight for us was when our customer from Shire and partner KloudKode stopped by to present a session on “Global Governance and Backup Coverage for Healthcare Research” at our booth. Shah Nawaz, Shire’s senior director of Enterprise Architecture, and Navin Maganti, president of KloudKode, spoke briefly about the challenges of planning IT for a highly-regulated bio-pharmaceutical company (“sometimes worse than the federal government,” joked Shire’s Shah) — and, in particular, their deployments of Druva inSync.

Shire had put out numerous cloud initiatives for global end-user computing, says Shah; one of them was to backup, store, and protect data on company-issued devices. “How do we get global cloud adoption and roll out implementation for an effective global footprint?” he asked rhetorically.


Among the benefits Shah pointed out were that endpoint users can restore datasets, which offers them the backup functionality the company (and users) wanted. They also can address all compliance issues by effectively retaining data for as long as the company required (a big deal in pharma circles). Plus, they can mitigate potential legal issues by applying inSync to their eDiscovery/data governance needs.

With over 6,000 endpoints deployed, Shah explained, “We extended this [visibility] to manage our IT assets. We could see who has access to the endpoints and pinpoint where these devices are, who has access, where they’re hosted, headed, or even who’s logging in.”

Shah was asked some questions at the power session:

Do we need any device to bring data from on-premise to inSync?

“There is a lightweight agent on the device, but you can easily autopackage that and push it out to your users. It’s important to plan your deployment accordingly because the first seeding will take time.”

How many devices per user are allowed?

“It is a one-to-many relationship. One user license and you can use it on your laptop, tablet, and mobile phone.”

Do we have to secure the data in transit?

“The data is encrypted. The data is secure as it moves, and it’s secure as it rests. The backup is pretty much in near real-time.”

With inSync, Shire significantly reduced its internal footprint to enable eDiscovery and support data recovery requests, making endpoint backup and governance part of their IT DNA. Want more details? Read the full Shire case study.


Also, if you missed our CEO Jaspreet Singh speak at his technical deep-dive session, “Building an enterprise-class backup and archival solution on AWS,” check out the slides below: