When Gary Sumner founded Datacastle, he was driven by the unacceptable compromises customers and service providers were being asked to make in endpoint backup and data protection. The trade-offs aren’t the traditional price versus functionality/quality trade-offs. Rather they are trade-offs between performance and security.
At the heart of any good endpoint backup and data protection solution is data deduplication and encryption. In traditional approaches, these two technologies are at odds with one another. Data deduplication is all about finding and maximizing the amount of commonality within your data in order to reduce the amount of data you need to transfer and store. Encryption is all about making your data look so random (no commonality) so that someone else can’t make sense of it without the right permissions. What Gary sees in other solutions is a severe compromise of security in order to maximize data deduplication performance. This takes the form of either using a single encryption key across all of the data (thus all of your data could be compromised if a single key fell into the wrong hands or was cracked) or they decrypt the data periodically when they put it in their vault to perform the data deduplication and then encrypt it again for longer term storage (thus creating a window where the data is in the clear and vulnerable). To make matters worse, most of the solutions are not randomly generating their keys (they use derived keys) which makes the strength of the encryption much weaker. Other compromises we see being made today is only performing data deduplication for a single user with a single encryption key rather than performing data deduplication globally across all of the users’ devices in a given company. Performing data deduplication on an individual basis may work for consumer-based solutions, but it leaves businesses and enterprises with unnecessary backup upload traffic impacting their networks and paying for additional storage on the back end.
Datacastle RED doesn’t make those compromises and neither should you. Because of our unique and patented technology, customers and channel partners get the benefit of global data deduplication across all of their devices (thus saving upload traffic and storage costs) while using a highly advanced key management system that enables us to securely cache data and requiring the bad guys to crack many, many multi-layered encryption keys in the process. Datacastle RED also encrypts the data at the device and then never decrypts the data again until when you need to recover your files. Datacastle RED uses randomly generated keys to maximize the security benefit of the encryption algorithms. This means everyone can sleep well at night whether your backups are being stored in the public cloud, a private cloud, or in an on-premise vault. Unlike other solutions that were exposed in the recent Fraunhofer report for their weaker security models, Datacastle RED has received high grades from security audits for financial services institutions.
Your data, no compromises – especially when it comes to data deduplication performance and security. To try the solution out for yourself, download a free trial vault of Datacastle RED.