Datacastle Enters into OEM Agreement with 21Vianet for Cloud-based Endpoint Data Protection in China

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Seattle, WA, April 23, 2015 – Datacastle, a market leader in enterprise endpoint backup and data protection, today announced it has signed a multi-year agreement with 21Vianet (Nasdaq:VNET) to allow 21Vianet to resell the Datacastle RED solution for laptop, desktop and tablet data protection. The new 21Vianet offering will be sold under the 21Vianet brand and will be offered as a Microsoft Azure, cloud-based solution in China.

Datacastle protects enterprises from ransomware extortion, data loss and data breach with simplified and scalable endpoint backup and data protection. Datacastle RED’s hybrid cloud deployment option with Microsoft Azure enables enterprises to rapidly experience LAN-speed performance with the assurance of offsite, cloud-based recoverability and mobile access.

“21Vianet is committed to bringing the worldwide best-in-class cloud solutions on Microsoft Azure in China.” said Wing Ker, president of Microsoft Cloud Operations at 21Vianet. “Enterprises in China will now have endpoint data protection option to protect against ransomware, data loss, and data breach through our partnership with Datacastle.”

21Vianet provides the world class reliable and safety cloud services to the business in China. It enables the global solution providers, such as Datacastle, to quickly enter into the china market without the headaches of localization, qualification, local support, etc. It also enables the customers in China to have the access to the solutions through 21Vianet’s strong channel networks.

“21Vianet is an outstanding partner for Datacastle in China.” said Ron Faith, CEO, Datacastle. “Given 21Vianet’s expertise operating Microsoft Azure in China and their trusted status as a data center service provider, customers in China will get the best performance, reliability and security.”

About Datacastle
Datacastle protects enterprises from mobile data loss and data breach with simplified and scalable hybrid cloud endpoint backup and data protection. Datacastle RED provides secure and auditable access to enterprise data on critical devices, anytime, anywhere. To learn more about Datacastle RED, visit http://www.datacastlered.com, follow on Twitter @Datacastle, or call 425.996.9684.

About 21Vianet
21Vianet Group, Inc. is the largest carrier-neutral internet data center services provider in China. 21Vianet provides hosting and related services, managed network services, cloud infrastructure services, and content delivery network services, improving reliability, security and speed of its customers’ internet infrastructure.21Vianet operated in 44 cities throughout China, servicing a diversified and loyal base of more than 2,000 customers that span many industries ranging from Internet companies to government entities and blue-chip enterprises to small- to mid-sized enterprises.

Contacts:
Lori Grossi
Datacastle
425.996.9684
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Ransomware and World Backup Day

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March 31st is World Backup Day. This is a time to reflect on backing up your most critical files so that you and your company do not suffer from data loss. But there is an increasingly important reason in addition to disaster recovery that you should be backing up your files – to thwart Ransomware.

Ransomware is when malware has gotten onto your laptop, desktop, tablet, or mobile phone and encrypted your files, thus blocking your access to your files. The extortionists then tell you that the only way you can get your files back is if you pay a ransom. Their currency of choice is Bitcoin since it is digital, anonymous and not easily traced. The combination of Bitcoin and Ransomware has made this practice very lucrative and popular for the bad guys.

Like a virus, variants of ransomware malware are morphing into more and more prevalent strains including Cryptolocker, Cryptowall, and TorrentLocker. While you should use anti-malware software to protect your files, the reality is that the bad guys are always one step ahead of the anti-malware vendors when there is a profit to be made.

The surest way to stop the epidemic of Ransomware is to cut off the money. The surest way to cut off the money is to prevent companies and users from needing to pay the ransom. And the only reason you would need to pay the ransom is because you don’t have a recent, clean backup of your files.

When looking for an anti-ransomware backup solution, keep the following in mind:
– Backup continuously: You need a relatively current backup of your files, but should also be able to go back to a pre-infected version of the files
– Backup offsite: you should backup in a public or private cloud that is not infected by the malware
– Backup securely: you don’t want to trade one vulnerability for another one. Use highly secure, encrypted backup where only your company or the end user can get access to the files.

For World Backup Day, ensure that you don’t feel like a fool on April 1st because you allowed yourself to become the victim of Ransomware. To learn more about how Datacastle RED can thwart paying a ransom to get your files back, go to http://www.datacastlered.com.

Datacastle Honored as Coolest Cloud Computing Vendor by CRN

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Seattle, WA, February 11, 2015 – Datacastle, a market leader in enterprise endpoint backup and data protection, today announced it has earned recognition on The Channel Company’s CRN 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors of 2015. This annual list recognizes some of the most innovative cloud companies supporting the IT channel today.

The 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors honor is presented to companies based on their approach to creating innovative products, services or partner programs that have helped channel partners transform into true solution providers, ultimately helping customers take advantage of the ease of use, flexibility, scalability and savings that cloud computing offers. Datacastle RED is recognized for its hybrid cloud, enterprise class endpoint backup and data protection solution.

This year’s 100 Coolest Cloud Computing honorees are identified across five major categories including platforms, infrastructure, storage, security and software. This list is an effort to help solution providers navigate through the ambiguity of the cloud market to identify the vendors, products and services that can help elevate their cloud services offerings. Companies were chosen based on data and information gathered from solution provider nominations along with input from the CRN editorial team.

Datacastle protects enterprises from mobile data loss and data breach with simplified and scalable endpoint backup and data protection. Datacastle RED’s hybrid cloud deployment option with Microsoft Azure or IBM SoftLayer enables enterprises to rapidly experience LAN-speed performance with the assurance of offsite, cloud-based recoverability and mobile access.

“Widespread demand for cloud computing solutions is increasing across businesses of all shapes and sizes. As organizations become more willing to adopt cloud technology and services, experienced solution providers are in greater demand.” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “The 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors list enables solution providers to engage with companies who are poised to help them capitalize on these opportunities.”

“Datacastle is honored to be recognized as one of the Coolest Cloud Vendors of 2015 by CRN,” said Ron Faith, CEO, Datacastle. “Datacastle is experiencing triple digit, year over year growth as companies are recognizing the need to protect data at the edge of their networks in a cost effective and friction free manner for the end user.”

Coverage of the 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors will be featured in the February 2015 issue of CRN and online at www.CRN.com.

About Datacastle
Datacastle protects enterprises from mobile data loss and data breach with simplified and scalable hybrid cloud endpoint backup and data protection. Datacastle RED provides secure and auditable access to enterprise data on critical devices, anytime, anywhere. To learn more about Datacastle RED, visit http://www.datacastlered.com, follow on Twitter @Datacastle, or call 425.996.9684.

About the Channel Company
The Channel Company, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED and SharedVue, is the channel community’s trusted authority for growth and innovation. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships.

Learn more at www.thechannelcompany.com.

A New Year’s Resolution

It’s a new year, and as the saying goes, “off with the old and on with the new.” It’s a time for new resolutions and given the various cyber disasters experienced in the old year it’s time to make certain our data is protected going forward.

While most of us think in terms of bad people snatching our laptops thereby wreaking havoc on our lives and businesses, according to the 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report done by Verizon we actually lose more laptops, phones and tablets than are taken from us. In fact, we lose 15 for every 1 stolen.

New Year’s resolutions to better secure our laptops and mobile devices– however fervently well-intentioned — will doubtless go the way of the new gym membership to lose those last 10 pounds. People mean to be vigilant but life happens and the studies show that that laptops have a way of disappearing and taking with them access to corporate data with potentially disastrous results. It’s not the expense of replacing the actual device that keeps IT managers up at night, it’s the irreplaceable cost of proprietary information exposed.

While we lose more devices than are stolen, that’s not to say that theft is not a major consideration in how we protect corporate information. The BBC in London reported over 600 laptops and 83 iPads stolen in the last 5 years and it stands to reason that other corporations of a similar size have sustained comparable losses. Every business is at risk. Sometimes as Pogo once said, “the enemy is us” and other times it’s a real enemy.

We wouldn’t go so far as to say that individuals who lose their devices are in danger of losing their jobs as well, but we can’t help noticing that the New York Jets take such a loss very seriously indeed. Cornerback Josh Thomas had his team issued tablet with his playbook on it stolen and the next day was released from the Jets.

Recognizing that changing human nature is highly unlikely our only other option is to mitigate the potential damage from lost or stolen laptops. Fortunately we have Datacastle RED to the rescue. Datacastle RED provides enterprise protection by securely backing up all your data with the ability to remotely wipe a lost or stolen device. IT managers can breath a sigh of relief knowing that no matter how company laptops may wander or where they may go on their travels, corporate data is protected. Now there’s a New Year’s resolution that’s both worthwhile and easy to keep– Datacastle RED endpoint backup and recovery.

Protection against a growing data security threat

Endpoint backup and recovery is one of the best tools an IT professional has to combat the growing array of data security threats.

A recent USA Today article cites a Symantec Internet Security Threat Report 2014 which found targeted attacks had grown by 91% compared to 2013 and 30% of the attacks were aimed specifically at small-to-midsized businesses. The article lists key steps to protecting against these threats including “back up your important files on a regular basis” which protects business data against user mishaps, laptop thefts or the growing risk of intentional sabotage facing end users.

Two recent threats show the damage and risks of not having your data protected which our hybrid cloud endpoint data protection service, Datacastle RED, would protect against.

Malware

This last week it was widely reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a 5-page “flash” warning to businesses about a malicious software attack. The FBI declined to say if the attack was against Sony Corp, however CBS News and others this week have reported on a devastating cyber attack that released the salary information of over 6,000 Sony employees and movies that had yet to be released.

The report outlines that it is extremely difficult and costly, if not impossible, to recover hard drives that have been attacked with the malware.

CryptoLocker and Ransomware

BBC reported that starting in September 2013 CryptoLocker began encrypting files on Windows computers and demanding a substantial fee before a key would be provided to allow end users to access their data. Over 500,000 victims of CryptoLocker were affected and shortly after a fix was created a new version of ransomware appeared in Gameover ZeuS which rapidly spread across the globe.

Attacks of this nature can spread quickly and can be very difficult to solve according to IT security firms like Fox-IT. “This time we basically got lucky,” said Michael Sandee a principal analyst with Fox-IT who helped tackle the cyber-crime group behind Cryptolocker.

It appears that only 1.3% of users affected by CryptoLocker paid the ransom within 72 hours and the remaining 98.7% had the encryption keys destroyed so their data could not be recovered unless they had a backup copy of their data.

Datacastle RED provides automated backup, and at-rest-encryption for the data on corporate endpoints ensuring that the data is safe at all times. Company administrators can help with point-in-time data restores for their users no matter what type of incident occurs to their users.

Datacastle Achieves Microsoft Gold Cloud Competency

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Seattle, WA — November 19, 2014Datacastle®, a market leader in enterprise endpoint backup and data protection, today announced it has attained a Gold Cloud Platform Competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top 1 percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.

To earn a Microsoft Gold Competency, partners must successfully complete exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. They also must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects (along with implementing a yearly customer satisfaction study), meet a revenue commitment (for most Gold Competencies), and pass technology and/or sales assessments.

Datacastle protects enterprises from mobile data loss and data breach with simplified and scalable endpoint backup and data protection. Datacastle RED’s hybrid cloud deployment option with Microsoft Azure enables enterprises to rapidly experience LAN-speed performance with the assurance of offsite, cloud-based recoverability and mobile access.

“This Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform Competency showcases our expertise in and commitment to today’s technology market and demonstrates our deep knowledge of Microsoft and its products,” said Ron Faith, CEO, Datacastle. “We plan to accelerate our customers’ success in adopting the cloud by serving as technology advisors for their business demands.”

“By achieving a Gold Competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology,” said Phil Sorgen, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top 1 percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology.”

Attaining the Microsoft Cloud Platform Competency demonstrates partner expertise in building, integrating and/or extending Windows-based applications and infrastructure solutions in the cloud using the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. With more than 57 percent of the Fortune 500 using Microsoft Azure, the Microsoft Cloud Platform Competency can help partners take advantage of the growing demand for infrastructure and software as a service solutions. Equipped with exclusive training, partners can help customers deploy solutions that increase customer productivity and profitability.
The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

About Datacastle
Datacastle protects enterprises from mobile data loss and data breach with simplified and scalable hybrid cloud endpoint backup and data protection. Datacastle RED provides secure and auditable access to enterprise data on critical devices, anytime, anywhere. To learn more about Datacastle RED, visit http://www.datacastlered.com, follow on Twitter @Datacastle, or call 425.996.9684.

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09.17.2014 – Datacastle Announces Datacastle RED v7

SEATTLE, September 17, 2014Datacastle®, a market leader for protecting enterprises from endpoint data loss and data breaches, today announced the latest version of its flagship product, Datacastle RED. Datacastle RED v7 provides enterprise customers even greater hybrid cloud deployment options with data backup and replication on Microsoft Azure, as well as support for eDiscovery and Legal Hold processes.

Datacastle RED v7 includes:

  • Rapid Deployment Support – enhanced hybrid cloud deployment on Microsoft Azure, enterprise deployment integrations with Active Directory, LDAP, silent installation, and single sign-on (SAML v2)
  • eDiscovery Support – support EDRM process for laptops, high-end tablets, and desktops backup data
  • Legal Hold – the ability to flag laptops, tablets, and desktops for long term data retention
  • Administrative Restore Flexibility – provide the ability for system administrators to have many secure restore options and targets

“It was important for us to quickly protect our endpoint data without disrupting employee’s productivity,” said Jason Tavarez, Senior Director of IT, Achievement First. “Datacastle RED on Microsoft Azure deployed within 30 days to our enterprise infrastructure with Azure SQL and georedundant cloud storage. We experienced rapid time to protection without impacting our end users.”

“As organizations move their solutions to the cloud, they need a platform that offers scale and reliability,” said Kim Akers, General Manager, Microsoft Corp. “We are pleased that Datacastle RED has chosen to take advantage of the geographic breadth, operational excellence, and scale of Microsoft Azure for enterprise customers.”

“Datacastle is excited to bring rapid time to value for our customers and partners deploying on a global, enterprise class cloud platform such as Microsoft Azure,” said Ron Faith, CEO of Datacastle. “Our customers are looking beyond backup and desire to derive greater insights and value from their backup vaults.”

Datacastle RED v7 is available today for on-premises, private cloud, or public cloud deployments directly from Datacastle or from one of Datacastle’s global network of partners. For more information call 425.996.9684 or email sales@datacastlered.com.

About Datacastle
Datacastle protects enterprises from mobile data loss and data breach with simplified and scalable hybrid cloud endpoint backup and data protection. Datacastle RED provides secure and auditable access to enterprise data on critical devices, anytime, anywhere. To learn more about Datacastle RED, visit http://www.datacastlered.com, follow on Twitter @Datacastle, or call 425.996.9684.

Media Contact:
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3 Ways Datacastle Helps Microsoft Azure Partners Grow

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Recent data from IDC data shows that partners that generate more the 50% of their revenue from the cloud are fundamentally changing their business versus traditional resellers:

  • 1.6X more recurring revenue than other partners
  • 1.5X the gross profit % vs. their less cloud active peers
  • 1.3X higher new customer ratio vs. other partners
  • 43.1% cloud revenue coming from new customers

Datacastle RED on Microsoft Azure provides concrete advantages to partners as they grow out their cloud business.  3 key advantages for Microsoft partners looking to get started in cloud services on Microsoft Azure:

  1. New cloud sales organizations need solutions that they understand and are easy to communicate the benefits of the service to the customer.  Datacastle RED provides a concrete value proposition that is easy for everyone to understand. Endpoint backup and protection is addressed by only 8% of corporate IT market today. Many companies have a complete gap in endpoint data protection, or a legacy desktop backup services that doesn’t meet the needs of their growing laptop population with sensitive company data traveling across the globe. This is an easy discussion for your sales team to have with your existing customers or new customers that you are targeting.
  2. Rapid deployment is critical for cloud partners to have satisfied customers.  Datacastle RED’s centrally managed policies leverage Active Directory and LDAP to silently deploy to customers of all sizes in days. Getting customers successfully using the service improves stickiness, ensures long-term recurring revenues, and let’s you continue on selling versus deploying cloud services.
  3. Reselling Datacastle RED on Microsoft Azure helps partners fulfill new Cloud Platform Competency requirements. Microsoft is rolling out new cloud competencies that provide numerous sales, marketing and support benefits for their Silver and Gold partners. To become a Silver or Gold Cloud Platform Competency partner you must meet minimum Azure consumption performance targets. Datacastle RED can help you become a certified partner via a single customer!  Combine Datacastle RED with Microsoft’s StorSimple service to offer a complete package for server and endpoint protection to rapidly grow your revenues and benefit from Microsoft’s new cloud programs.

Contact us today at www.datacastlered.com so we can help you get started in growing your cloud services business.

4 Keys for Rapid Time to Protection

Time to Value

Time to Protection = Time to Value

In the world of backup and recovery there is a great deal of focus on recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO). Another measurement that is increasing in importance is Time to Protection. From the point that you decide that you need to protect the sensitive data on your laptops, desktops, and tablets how quickly can you make that a reality? Often times, the larger the organization, the harder it is to experience the value from rapid protection. Here are a few considerations you should keep in mind:

– How quickly can you deploy a solution from the time that you decide to protect your laptops, desktops, and high end tablets? This will often be driven by how easy it is to deploy an endpoint data protection solution using your existing IT infrastructure such as Active Directory/LDAP, Single Sign-on (SAML v2), and silent deployment via tools like SCCM or KACE.

– How quickly can you perform the initial backup? Do you have a hybrid cloud strategy that allows LAN-based speeds for backing up devices first, then WAN-based techniques for getting the data to the cloud? Are you using local caches to protect the data immediately on the endpoint? Using local caches and hybrid cloud techniques can dramatically improve time to protection.

– How quickly can you get the data to the cloud vault? WAN optimization is key here as well as the ability to perform seeding. Global data deduplication starting at the source can dramatically cut down the amount of data that need to be moved across the WAN and thus cut down on the amount of time required to move data to the offsite or cloud vault.

– Is the solution friction-free for end users? One of the surest ways to slow down a deployment is getting lots of feedback from end users if there is friction related with the deployment (asking users to do something, slowing down their laptop, slowing down their network connection, etc…). Enterprise endpoint backup solutions need to run in the background and not draw attention to themselves – especially during deployment.

Datacastle is considered best-in-class when it comes to rapid time to value for enterprise customers. To learn more our hybrid cloud and enterprise integration capabilities, contact us at www.datacastlered.com .

Hard Drive Failures & eDiscovery

Hard Drive Failures & eDiscovery

The Datacastle team is very excited to be making its way to Washington D.C. in the next couple of weeks to join our Microsoft Azure partners at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). As we head to our nation’s capital, we couldn’t help but notice that the need for modernized laptop backup has never been greater. Recent incidents at the IRS and EPA point to the need to modernize the way laptops are being backed up.

While the most common motivation for laptop, tablet, and desktop backup has to do with disaster recovery there is also another important reason that large enterprises and institutions know all too well – eDiscovery. Consumer-based online backup solutions don’t meet the requirements associated with laptop backup for eDiscovery use cases. Enterprises and institutions need an endpoint backup solution with the following capabilities:

  • Legal hold: be able to retain and secure the laptop data for the duration of the investigation
  • Centralized policy management: IT needs to be able to enforce the company’s policy for backup and not leave it to employee behavior
  • Search: be able to find the “needle in the haystack” when you are backing up a large organization’s endpoint data
  • Admin recovery: While users need to be able to self-recover files, administrators need to be able to collect the data for investigations
  • Audit: be able to know who recovered what files and when
  • Encryption & Key Management: These are sensitive documents and you have to have the confidence that they are secured for the long term

To learn more about how enterprise endpoint backup and recovery can support your eDiscovery processes, contact Datacastle at www.datacastlered.com .