Cloud Field Day 1- Druva

Cloud Field Day 1, or CFD1 as it’s called, was my very first field day event. It was awesome.

One of the companies that intrigued me was Druva. This is actually Druva’s second field day event, in 2011 they burst onto the Tech Field Day scene in Tech Field Day 5. Now they have returned for CFD1; lets dig into what they’ve been up to the last five years. 

Druva’s mantra is Unified Data Protection, Born in the Cloud.



Druva’s flagship product is INSYNC, not to be confused with NSYNC, which has been around since they launched. In addition to INSYNC, they have a newish product called Phoenix.



This post will only focus on INSYNC.

Both of these products are hosted in the cloud, that means physical or virtual appliances are required to host them and the packing and pricing for the software include any platform costs (AWS, Azure, etc) so you get one bill and don’t have to worry about paying multiple invoices. There is an option to get a caching appliance that will keep some data on-premises, but it is not required.


INSYNC focuses on three areas of data; Protect, Preserve, Discover. Those areas mean exactly what you think, protect the data, preserve the data (think legal hold) and discovery of the data via indexed searching, visualizations, and more. 





There are two main pillars of protection; endpoint backup and cloud application backup and archive.

Endpoint backup has multiple platform and cross-platform support, including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Linux and offers a centralized point of management, no matter the platform. One of the mantras for Druva’s Endpoint backup is ease of use, which not only makes it easy to deploy, but also allows for self-service automated restores.

Cloud application backup and archive is one of the things I really like about the INSYNC platform. This is the ability to backup and archive data that resides in a cloud service (think Box, Office 365) and backup/archive that data to a cloud provider, such as AWS or Azure. A lot of people think that because they are paying SaaS providers for a service, that their data is safe, and protected; it’s not. SaaS providers don’t protect you from data corruption, departing employees, overwritten documents, etc…


The preservation capabilities within the INSYNC product are fantastic:

  • EDiscovery and Legal Hold
    • Litigation support dashboard
    • Ability to create custodians of the holds
    • Lots of metadata; file extensions, permissions, size, date, owner and more
    • Chain of custody reporting
    • Provides direct integration to certain ediscovery platforms without having to go through a middle-man
  • Legal Hold Management API
    • Allows partners a way to perform legal hold automation; Exterro and Approved are two.
    • REST API
  • Pre-ingestion Culling
    • Provides the ability to narrow down what data is being brought over to the ediscovery platform
This list of features is very impressive, and represents a differentiator in the backup/archive space.

Having the ability to see where you data is, control what data goes where, and a way to ensure industry specific compliance (PCI, PII, etc…) is becoming ever more important in a world of data breaches, ransomware and general buffoonery. INSYNC offers more than a few ways to protect against this:
  • Proactive Compliance 
    • Use of regular expressions to search data. Think SSNs, credit card numbers.
    • Support for all major regulatory compliance bodies
    • Full-text indexing. Not only on Endpoints, but also any data in the cloud
  • Data regionalization
    • Ability to store different types of data in different locations. Say you have certain information that must remain in Europe, you can create a policy to ensure that data stays within Europe
Remediation actions also exist within the platform. This means that you can quarantine data to prevent users from downloading or restoring a particular type of data. 
To wrap up, I really hadn’t heard of Druva prior to CFD1, but to say that I was impressed is an understatement. Druva’s INSYNC product has a lot of unique capabilities and when you combine that with what they are cooking up with their other product, Phoenix, you’ll see a very compelling offering. I’ll cover the Phoenix platform in another post.




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