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Druva moves from endpoint to server backup

Druva is taking its enterprise endpoint backup software and moving it into backup for small businesses and remote and branch office backup.

The company this week launched Druva Phoenix, a centralized management backup and archive product targeting companies that have tight budgets, limited local IT staff or none at all. The software is based on Druva’s nSync enterprise endpoint backup and nCube architecture. Phoenix is an agent-based software with global deduplication that is done at the source level.

Druva Phoenix is offered an alternative to traditional server backup that requires secondary storage, tape and archiving.

“This is a pure play software as a service cloud product,” said Jaspreet Singh, Druva’s CEO and founder. “The core to solving backup to the cloud is building a scalable deduplication in the cloud. In the last five and a half years, we built endpoint backup for the cloud. In the last 18 months, we were looking for what we can solve next. The remote office looked interesting.

“We thought we could remove a few processes by introducing Phoenix,” he said. “We are extending from endpoint to remote offices. It’s a very natural extension for us.”

Phoenix has a software-based cache accelerator for backup and restores, which resides on the server in the remote or branch office. The rest of the data is moved into the Amazon cloud.

“Because there is not much metadata, it can scale fairly well,” Singh said.

Singh said without deduplication, the amount of data stored in the cloud becomes exorbitant. For instance, 1 TB of data can multiple to 719 TB of data after it is retained for seven years if dailies, incrementals and full backups are done.

“One data reduction price-point is based on the source data,” Singh said.

Jason Buffington, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, said ROBO servers are the next “battleground” for cloud-based backup where it makes sense.  For the  remote office, he said the decision to back up to the cloud depends on whether  IT wants to control ROBO backups or just manage the data repositories.

Druva’s endpoint software lends itself to small business and ROBO backup and archiving because the software was designed with administrative over-site capabilities, Buffington said. The software also comes with a three-year, seven-year and infinite retention policy.

“No one would keep endpoint data for an infinite amount of time,” Buffington said. “But it should be a requirement for server-based protection.”

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