Datacastle RED & Azure SQL

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As a Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform partner, Datacastle uses many services and technologies within Microsoft Azure to help enterprises protect the data at the frontier of their organization. One of the most important services within Microsoft Azure that Datacastle RED uses extensively is Azure SQL. Datacastle RED utilizes Azure SQL for managing the following important data: partner information, company information, user group information, user information, and device information.

Why does Datacastle RED use Azure SQL:

  • Scale: Datacastle is able to shard the instances of Azure SQL in order to gain scaling up to supporting millions of devices per cloud vault
  • Security: Datacastle manages highly sensitive information. Azure SQL provides an enterprise-class additional level of security
  • Backup/Replication: Azure SQL provides Datacastle and our customers automatic multi-site replication as well as built in backup, recovery and audit mechanisms. For enterprises, it is important to be able to show that you can recover from the worst disasters
  • Deployment Flexibility: Datacastle RED can leverage common code between SQL Server for on-premise deployments and Azure SQL for cloud-based deployments
  • Future Proof: Microsoft invests extensively in making Azure SQL one of the best cloud data management platforms on Earth. Datacastle leverages that investment on behalf of our enterprise customers.
  • As Microsoft continues to make advancements in the areas of analytics, data mining, and machine learning, you can rest assured that Datacastle will be leveraging the increasing capabilities of SQL Azure and related Azure data management offerings for insights and analytics that help take the value of Datacastle RED well beyond backup and recovery.

    You can check out how to buy Datacastle RED and Azure SQL in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

    For more information about a special promotion for Microsoft Azure EA customers and learn how Datacastle utilizes Microsoft Azure and its services and technologies like Azure SQL, go to http://datacastlered.com/cloud-options/special-offer/

    Datacastle RED v8 Available for Mobile Workforce Backup, Archiving and Insights

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    Seattle, WA, July 14, 2015 – Datacastle®, a market leader for protecting enterprises from mobile workforce data loss and data breaches, today announced the latest version of its flagship product, Datacastle RED. Datacastle RED v8 provides enterprise customers even greater mobile workforce data protection via backup, archiving and insights.

    Datacastle RED v8 includes:

  • Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) Compatibility – Datacastle RED v8 integrates with Azure Active Directory for deployments and SSO, Microsoft Intune and SCCM for silent enterprise deployments, and provides mobile file access security with Azure Rights Management services compatibility
  • Mobile Dashboard – Optimized IT experience for managing Datacastle vault administrator functions from any tablet or smartphone
  • iOS Support – Datacastle RED provides a native app experience for backup and retrieval on Apple iPads and iPhones
  • Android Support – Datacastle RED provides a native app experience for backup and retrieve on Google Android tablets and smartphones
  • Windows 10 Ready – The Datacastle RED agent supports Windows 10 at launch
  • Datacastle RED v8 has been designed from the ground up to protect data at the frontier of the enterprise. Datacastle RED is optimized for network efficiency and security across smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, and ROBO file servers.

    “Datacastle is excited to assist enterprise IT in bringing order and governance to the frontier of their organizations,” said Ron Faith, CEO of Datacastle. “The mobile workforce needs tools such as Datacastle RED to help them thrive and survive in this rapidly changing and threat-laden landscape.”

    For a limited time, Datacastle RED v8 is available to qualified Microsoft Azure Enterprise Agreement (EA) customers license-free for one year. To learn more about taking advantage of this promotion go to datacastlered.com/cloud-options/special-offer/ .

    Datacastle RED v8 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. Datacastle RED smartphone and tablet clients are available for download from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store (Datacastle RED vault required to activate). 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, archiving, and insights. Datacastle RED provides secure and auditable access to enterprise data on critical devices, anytime, anywhere. To learn more about Datacastle RED, visit www.datacastlered.com, follow on Twitter @Datacastle, or call 425.996.9684.

    Media Contact:
    media@datacastlered.com

    Datacastle RED & OneDrive for Business

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    Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) and Endpoint Backup and Data Protection go hand in hand to help IT tackle the productivity and protection challenges at the frontier of their organizations. Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business and Datacastle RED complement each other in order to make the mobile workforce more productive while retaining and protecting key data assets. OneDrive for Business is an ideal solution for collaboration, file sharing, syncing files across devices, and leveraging the power of SharePoint.

    Datacastle RED enables IT to enforce corporate policy by complementing OneDrive for Business with:

  • Backup and recovery via centrally managed policies leveraging Active Directory
  • Archival and flexible corporate retention policies for compliance
  • Legal hold and E-discovery support
  • Remote wipe data of a lost or stolen device preventing potential data breaches
  • Datacastle RED is also a critical tool in the line of defense against Ransomware. If you have a current backup of your endpoint data, you don’t need to pay a ransom. Datacastle RED also allows IT to backup and retain data that might be outside of your OneDrive folder as well as in other File Sync and Share services such as DropBox, Box, and Google Drive.

    As a Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform competency holder, Datacastle is in a unique position in many deployments working in concert with key Microsoft cloud offerings. For example, when combined with Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), the troika of Datacastle RED, OneDrive for Business, and EMS provides IT the tools they need to make their mobile workforce more productive while not compromising the safety and security of critical business information.

    Currently, Datacastle has a special promotion running where Microsoft Azure EA customers in North America can deploy Datacastle RED alongside of OneDrive for Business at no additional Datacastle RED license cost for a year! Special Datacastle Promo for Azure EA Customers

    To learn more about how Datacastle RED can complete your mobile workforce data management strategy, go to www.datacastlered.com.

    Datacastle Provides a Year of FREE Endpoint Backup and Data Protection Licenses for Microsoft Azure Customers

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    Seattle, WA, May 20, 2015 – Datacastle, a market leader in enterprise endpoint backup and data protection, announced today a promotion of its Datacastle RED service, for qualifying Azure customers.

    Datacastle RED helps protect enterprises from ransomware extortion, data loss and data breach through simplified and scalable endpoint backup and data protection, in the cloud. Datacastle’ s hybrid services running on Azure, enable enterprises to rapidly experience LAN-speed performance with the assurance of offsite, cloud-based recoverability and mobile access.

    During the promotion, qualifying Azure customers are able to further the protections of their laptops, high-end tablets, and desktop computers from ransomware extortion, data loss, and data breaches, at no additional Datacastle license cost, for one year. The promotion is available to qualifying Azure customers in North America and Europe.

    “No company should ever have to pay the extortion of Ransomware, CryptoLocker, or CryptoWall, for the data on their endpoints.” said Ron Faith, CEO, Datacastle. “The best way for companies to never pay such a ransom is to have a current backup with improved security stored on Azure using Datacastle RED.”

    “Microsoft is committed to having a thriving independent software vendor (ISV) ecosystem on Azure.” Vibhor Kapoor, Director, Microsoft Azure Product Marketing. “Datacastle has attained Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform competency, building on top of Microsoft Azure’s hyper-scale, enterprise-grade hybrid services.”

    To determine if you qualify and to take advantage of this promotion, customers can contact Datacastle at sales@datacastlered.com or at http://datacastlered.com/cloud-options/special-offer/.

    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.

    Contacts:
    Lori Grossi
    Datacastle
    425.996.9684
    media@datacastlered.com

    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
    media@datacastlered.com

    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.

    Media Contact:
    media@datacastlered.com