In a recent blog, Druva’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Stephen Manley, shared his thoughts about the aftershocks of the 2020 pandemic. Several of the trends he forecast include more organizations moving towards the cloud, an increase in cyber attacks, and that, despite the additional complexity and threats, the priority for backup will be simplicity.
Cloud migration, ransomware protection, and simplicity is exactly what SG360° was looking to achieve when it replaced Tintri, Nimble, Retrospect, and tape drives with Druva to better secure its NAS server, VMware virtual machine (VMs), and SQL database data.
SG360° is a full spectrum direct-to-mail producer specializing in delivering direct marketing communication through print media. The company has been driving marketing engagement through effective communication for more than 60 years. Recently, its executive team identified a move to the cloud as ideal to facilitate the efficient management of hundreds of terabytes (TBs) of data across its six locations.
The impetus for the cloud migration was to eliminate limitations that SG360°’s on-premises legacy storage and backup solutions presented. Reliance on tape drives slowed data recovery, meaning it would take days to restore lost data to a single location for hundreds of TBs.
Cloud-native data protection facilitates recovery of lost SQL database
During its roll-out, SG360° depended on Druva’s superior data recovery capabilities when an SQL database was accidentally deleted. “One of our departments said they didn’t need a database any longer, so we removed it,” said Nathan Brown, System Engineer at SG360°.
“But they thought we were pulling the data from somewhere else, and suddenly needed the database back. Without Druva, we would have had to recreate all that data, but we were able to pull it all back down the next day.”
As a software-as-a-service (SaaS) data protection solution, storage is infinitely scalable and capacity can be added on-demand. With Druva’s cloud data protection advantages, Nathan believes SG360° is in a great position — both now and in the future. “Druva grows with you,” he said. “We no longer have to worry about making room for more data. We’ll always have the space we need.”
Locking down backups against ransomware
According to Cybersecurity Ventures, there will be a ransomware attack every 11 seconds by 20211. SG360°’s on-premises data silos and limited data isolation capabilities made it difficult for IT to protect against ransomware.
But now, with Druva, backups are isolated, protecting them from file deletion, corruption, and ransomware attacks. Single sign-on, multi-factor authentication (MFA), and role-based access isolates and controls data to guard against infection and encryption.
After integrating with Druva, Nathan’s team can recover its systems — VMs, NAS file servers, and SQL databases — as over 100 days of backups enable it to identify the last good copy and any changes. Infected snapshots are automatically blocked from being restored.
A single pane of glass to manage data center workload backups and restores
Druva protects data center workloads and NAS storage operating on-premises and in the cloud. Druva’s SaaS platform unifies backup, recovery, disaster recovery, and archiving, helping businesses like SG360° accelerate their journey to the cloud by eliminating costs, simplifying management, and improving cyber and business resilience.
“We’re not wasting time monitoring backups all day just to make sure they’re working the way we expect them to,” Nathan said. “With Druva, we know we’ll get a notification with the exact issue if there’s a hiccup.”
As a SaaS data protection solution, storage is infinitely scalable and capacity can be added on-demand. With Druva’s cloud data protection advantages, Nathan believes SG360° is in a great position — both now and in the future. “Druva grows with you,” he said. “We no longer have to worry about making room for more data. We’ll always have the space we need.”
Read the SG360° case study to learn more about the impact the company made with Druva, including 3X faster data recovery, the ability to restore lost or deleted data to a custom location, 10X less time spent managing data backups, and 3.7X global deduplication storage savings, helping achieve cost efficiencies across all locations.
¹ Cybersecurity Ventures, “2019 Cybersecurity Almanac: 100 Facts, Figures, Predictions And Statistics,” Morgan, Steve.