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Druva inSync expands cloud-to-cloud backup platform

Druva adds backup for popular cloud applications to its inSync endpoint protection software, bringing governance features to services such as Office 365 and Box.

Endpoint backup vendor Druva is moving deeper into another area not fully embraced by large vendors: cloud-to-cloud backup.

The company last week added the ability for Druva inSync software to protect data stored in Office 365 Exchange Online, Box and Google Apps for Work -- Google Drive and Gmail. This update follows support for protecting Office 365 OneDrive, which it added in mid-2015. The vendor also has Salesforce protection on its roadmap, according to Dave Packer, vice president of marketing at Druva.

Druva inSync provides 'single pane of glass'

Cloud application support is part of the Druva inSync Elite and Elite Plus subscription plans. It costs $10 per user per month.

Customers can also use Druva inSync governance features on data stored in cloud applications. These features include federated search to locate a file across devices and cloud apps; user and administrator audit trails; and compliance regulation templates for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, personal health information and personally identifiable information. 

Druva inSync customers can restore from AWS if they need deleted or corrupted files or records from their cloud application.

"We're giving companies a single pane of glass for end-user data," Packer said. "They can monitor it for compliance, the same as they can do with endpoint data. A large percentage of end-user data is pertinent for compliance purposes."

Druva inSync will maintain up-to-date copies of all data in the cloud applications, and store the copies on Amazon Web Services (AWS). InSync customers can restore from AWS if they need deleted or corrupted files or records from their cloud application.

The importance of cloud-to-cloud backup

Cloud-to-cloud backup protects companies from data lost in software as a service (SaaS) applications that can't be protected by traditional backup software. If data gets accidentally deleted or overwritten, most SaaS vendors will not provide restores.

Like endpoint backup, cloud-to-cloud backup is only offered by a handful of vendors and is not included in large, mainstream backup applications. EMC's Spanning, Datto's Backupify, Asigra Cloud Backup, Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup and eFolder Cloudfinder are among the SaaS backup apps.

"Druva is moving in two directions," said Jason Buffington, principal analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group Inc., in Milford, Mass. "The whole idea is wherever your data is, that's where they want to protect it. Don't just stop at endpoints. For data that already lives in the cloud, the most efficient place to protect that is another cloud."

Buffington compared cloud-to-cloud backup to virtual machine backup about a decade ago. Mainstream backup applications could not adequately protect virtual machines, and many customers did not know they needed VM protection until they discovered it was a different process from protecting physical servers.

"Most of the traditional backup players don't know how to protect SaaS applications," Buffington said. "People assume that they don't need backup for SaaS data. But when you move data from servers to services, your legacy backup system will not follow. You go from protected to unprotected.

"It's the same as it was when people moved from physical servers to virtual servers. They presumed they could do backup the same way, then they found out, 'We can't do this the old way and we have less protection of our data.'"

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