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Using Box and inSync for Comprehensive Data Protection and Governance

Seyi Verma

As the digital revolution goes mainstream, organizations are leveraging the cloud to maximize employee and overall business productivity, leading to a rise in the use of Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) solutions. With over 70% of employees now mobile, according to IDC, access to information anytime, anywhere, is critical.  

According to a recent report by Okta, Box is the third most popular enterprise cloud solution for businesses aiming to meet this need and ensure that teams are productive and collaborative.

One of the biggest challenges for IT is the visibility and control of dispersed information across endpoints (laptops, smartphones and tablets) and cloud solutions like Box. While solutions are readily available to solve individual challenges, it is more difficult to find comprehensive and integrated solutions that satisfy the varied data privacy and compliance requirements of the enterprise.

As a comprehensive data protection and governance solution for the global enterprise, Druva inSync complements Box, with each addressing different needs.

Understanding the difference between Box (EFSS) and inSync 

Fundamental Differences:

  • Compared to inSync, Box enables real-time collaboration using a highly available yet smaller set of user content.  Because it’s not suitable for archiving and data recovery caused by user error or data corruption, Box is not ideal for backups.  Moreover, Box does not provide visibility into information stored on endpoints that users do not share.  As a result, it cannot meet compliance and eDiscovery challenges for information outside of Box
  • inSync offers a single access point for end-user data across all endpoints and cloud applications. By bringing together disparate data sources — laptops, mobile, and cloud applications — inSync provides a centralized and actionable view to monitor and search for risks, collect and preserve data in place, administer legal holds, and provide secure data access for downstream eDiscovery.

While inSync and Box have some overlapping features, their core functionality is fundamentally different, as shown below.  

inSync and Box comparison table


Why Box and Druva inSync are complementary technologies

As shown above, Box is an excellent EFSS solution for advanced features like real-time editing and collaboration. However, Druva inSync is required to close the gaps in data protection and governance for information residing outside of Box and protecting the accidental deletion of Box data. To this end, Druva has partnered with Box to provide a single access point for viewing and managing dispersed end-user data. With this integration, inSync can now aggregate end-user data on endpoints and cloud applications – including Box’s cloud – to offer organizations a centralized conduit for corporate information governance.

Box also recently announced its partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to offer customers more regional storage options (Box Zones).  Through its partnership with both AWS and IBM, the company now offers Box Zones to countries around the world, enabling global organizations to meet local data residency requirements and better align with the new Global Data Privacy Requirement laws (GDPR)  to be effective by 2018.

Organizations worldwide requiring locally kept data can easily utilize Box as an EFSS solution for its advanced sync features (real-time editing and collaboration) and leverage inSync to protect data dispersed across endpoints and cloud applications, including Box. With Druva natively built on the AWS cloud and supporting regional segregation of data this ensures customers can have a one-to-one mapping of regions with Box and Druva to stay aligned with their data privacy requirements.

No matter where it resides, inSync will provide a single pane of glass for end-user data and provide customers with complete visibility and control of information.

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To learn more about Druva’s expanded support for data protection coverage to Box, Google Apps and Exchange Online, read the news, and review our expanded cloud apps protection capabilities here.

For real world tips on how to address the growing risks of dispersed data across your organization, download our latest report below.