Druva Updates Data Protection to Cover Multiple Mobile Devices

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-03-30 Print this article Print

inSync's new on-premises enterprise configuration can scale up to control 100,000 devices from a single console.

Enterprise PC backup specialist Druva expanded its services March 29 to include new mobile data protection capabilities that use a single point of control across a large number of endpoint devices.

Whereas Druva made its reputation over the last four years by providing a reliable PC backup to the cloud, it now offers central control for many devices used by an enterprise. From a single on-premises or cloud portal, IT personnel now can view and manage backup, data access and data loss prevention (DLP), as well as bandwidth allotment and security€”for all of a user's laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Druva's "manage the user across all endpoint devices" approach gives control of mobile devices to IT, while giving users access to their data from anywhere, company co-founder and CEO Jaspreet Singh told eWEEK.

You can't get much simpler than this: The Druva application needs only one click to restore any file or backup volume. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company also guarantees 100 percent accuracy in deduplication for backups and restores, Singh said.

inSync's new features for mobile devices include:

  • Mobile-Data Backup: Customers now have a mobile-data solution that backs up data from all of their devices uniformly. inSync simplifies management and storage of user data by enabling IT to select backup either to an on-premises server or to the cloud, or to a combination of on-premises and cloud as dictated by enterprise requirements.
  • Multi-Device Access: With inSync, users can instantly access and view data from all of their devices on each of those devices, from a single desktop interface, or from a single Web interface, greatly improving user productivity and access to data.
  • Mobile Data-Loss Prevention: IT can encrypt data, remotely geo-locate, and even remotely wipe data from a lost or stolen mobile device regardless of its location. Instant alerts notify the inSync administrator and virtually eliminate the risks of unauthorized access to the data.
inSync's on-premises configuration can scale up to control of 100,000 devices from a single console.  Its HyperCache preserves storage capacity through in-memory global source-based data deduplication and support for solid-state drives (SSDs) optimizes system performance. For additional customer protection, Druva provides service-level agreements (SLAs).

inSync's cloud storage protects data through two-factor encryption, sandboxing and strict access control, Singh said. The cloud model also enables rapid global deployment as well as scalability to support any number of users and devices.

Intrusive Backups a Longtime Problem

"Seventy-three percent of users cite 'intrusive backups' as a major obstacle to their productivity," Singh, a former Veritas executive, said. "It's just a pain to have to do this manually, especially on a regular basis. Druva simply automates this chore, and you never have to think about it."

With Druva inSync, laptop upgrades to install the inSync client software are "pushed" to users, and no user involvement or IT support is required. On the IT side, server setup requires about 20 minutes or less, Singh said.

"Backups happen strictly in the background, require no user intervention and have no effect on laptop performance," Singh said. With its patented application-aware deduplication, inSync can reduce backup-file sizes by 90 percent, he said.

The name Druva means "North Star" in Sanskrit. "We've called it that because, like the North Star, your data always needs to be there for you," Singh said.

inSync licensing is based on a per-user model that allows any number of devices per user. Pricing for the inSync cloud solution is $6 per user, per month, and the on-premises version is $4 per user, per month.  The product will be available in April 2012.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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