Leave your legacy data protection behind with Druva

Ashley Frizzell, Sr. Partner Marketing Manager

Through Druva’s partnership with VMware, we’ve been able to better understand our customers’ growing need to modernize data infrastructure. Customers are increasingly looking to extend on-premises data centers and shift to the cloud with solutions such as VMware Cloud on AWS. When combined with the growing need for SaaS applications like Microsoft 365 to enable remote workforce productivity, it’s clear traditional backup for data center and on-premises applications simply cannot keep up. 

Druva reduces the cost and complexity for cloud data protection, allowing you to better manage and simplify your architecture as your data increases in volume and importance. In this blog, we’ll highlight a few reasons why customers choose Druva for data center and SaaS application protection — and how a cloud data protection solution like Druva delivers what some of our competitors cannot. 

Reduce costs and complexity

Over the past year, IT has been asked to reduce costs while maintaining a strong security posture. The only feasible solution to satisfy both of these demands is the cloud. By leveraging a cloud data protection solution provided by Druva, customers have the agility necessary for  key initiatives, expansion, and data growth. 

One of the world’s largest cosmetic companies, Amore Pacific, did exactly this. They maintained a time-consuming and costly system with Veeam — needing to complete frequent, lengthy full backups and spending a large amount of their budget on backup and disaster recovery. By replacing this system with Druva, Amore Pacific cut backup times by more than half, saving almost a week’s worth of time spent on administration and management per month. The real win, however, was their TCO savings. By switching to Druva, the organization reduced costs by 30% and will only continue to drive down expenses with Druva’s specialized capabilities, such as storage insights, recommendations, and long-term data retention

Shield business-critical data from ransomware

The need to protect backup data from ransomware and external threats has become more urgent for customers within the past year. This is where Druva excels, offering air-gapped storage and data isolation to eliminate ransomware threats and reduce the costs of a traditional 3-2-1 approach. 

For customers like Policy Services, and other financial institutions, client data must remain safe, backed up, and recoverable in the event of a cyber attack. The company evaluated both Druva and Veeam to protect its Linux servers, NAS devices, and SaaS applications. But as the leader in cloud data protection, Druva was the single solution that could deliver secure backups in the cloud and recover from ransomware at a lower cost than an on-premises data isolation fix. 

Simplify IT operations with the cloud 

As customers move IT services and applications to the cloud, they don’t want to be held down by backup appliances, on-premises, storage, or any other hardware/software maintenance that traditionally comes with maintaining a strong data protection backbone. Druva’s 100% SaaS solution transforms backup from a time-consuming, specialty operation into a service. Our ease-of-use and on-demand scalability makes businesses more agile and efficient. 

Egan, a specialty contracting firm in the US, first turned to Commvault, then Veeam, and concluded their Goldilocks search for their just-right fit with Druva. They needed a solution that would totally eliminate dependency on local storage, with no need for onsite personnel to manage solution upgrades and changes. With Druva, Egan eliminated 30 hours a month previously spent on maintenance management. 

Manage backups with complete visibility 

Applications and data spread across on-premises, hybrid, and cloud — the idea of a single, easy-to-use backup console across all workloads that provides a single system of record for data is incredibly appealing to CISOs and CIOs. When coupled with comprehensive reporting and automated compliance alerts, this reduces complexity and drives down TCO.

GulfMark Offshore, an offshore vessel supplier, was struggling to rein in their global data sprawl and visibility into data protection across different time zones, remote data centers, and inventory. They were using a mix of legacy tape backup at some sites, while having to endure complex and lengthy data restores from Veeam storage at others. By switching to Druva, they cut the complexity and leveraged one global cloud data protection platform to protect headquarters, regional offices, and offshore supply vessels. 

Accelerate time to value 

In 2020, organizations chose to transition to the cloud. With universal remote work and the added challenge of doing more with fewer resources, the cloud was the only answer. These ongoing challenges have exacerbated the need for backups to happen automatically, services to spin up quickly, and restores to happen immediately. A solution such as Druva addresses this need for speed by accelerating and protecting cloud projects. A legacy solution cannot. 

Druva customers quickly and easily protect remote offices and data centers without having to send out hardware or spend time on the setup, unlike Veeam. When configuring a new Veeam instance, it takes time to procure and deploy servers and storage (i.e. from procurement, receiving, unboxing, deploying, installing, testing, validating, etc.). What’s more, Druva’s SaaS solution deploys (remotely) in just minutes — so customers can start backing up critical data in real time. 

Ipswich Grammar School, based in Australia, realized they would need to purchase and deploy multiple products to manage their data center workloads (currently using Veeam for protection) and Microsoft 365 data. To simplify their backup infrastructure, they decided to switch to an all-cloud solution for direct-to-cloud backup for their data centers, and cloud-to-cloud backup for Microsoft 365. With this, they were able to both eliminate the need for full second backups (only needing to run incremental backups to the cloud) and significantly reduce backup time. 

Bounce back with cloud disaster recovery 

It’s complicated, manual, and costly. While nobody likes dealing with disaster recovery (DR), it’s still a necessary function of IT to test and maintain disaster recovery plans in case a disaster does strike. Legacy vendors require duplicate hardware to literally replicate your data in a second location, as well as stand-by hardware if that disaster occurs. Druva does it differently. By backing up to the cloud, customers can run unlimited tests from a central console and automate runbook execution to streamline the process for rapid recovery after a disaster. As an added bonus of Druva’s cloud solution, customers can either recover on-premises (failback), or in the cloud (failover) if that on-prem recovery is not an option. 

Katz Media Group, the largest media representation company in America, was using three different solutions (Veritas, Veeam, and Dell EMC) to protect its data center infrastructure. But with a data center modernization objective, Katz Media turned to Druva to improve workforce productivity and implement a cloud DR strategy. By backing up to the cloud with Druva, it was able to migrate workloads to the cloud and can now spin up instances in AWS with a single click, recovering server data down to the file level. 

Key takeaways

These customer testimonials are just the start to building a strong case to switch from your legacy provider to Druva. Recent recognition at the Stevie Awards for Excellence in Customer Success, reception of a Cyber Catalyst designation for outstanding product security and ransomware recovery, and inclusion for the fifth consecutive year on Deloitte’s 2020 Technology Fast 500TM fastest-growing companies list are further evidence of Druva’s strength in providing superior data protection for the cloud era. 

Read the eBook to learn more about why over 4,000 customers chose Druva to reduce the cost and complexity of data protection and take back control of their data infrastructure.