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Commvault’s Endpoint Data Protection: Enabling enterprise mobility

By Catherine Knowles, Wed 5 Aug 2015
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Enterprises are moving away from a traditional approach and embracing the digital era.

As a result, mobility is a key trend for enterprises, with more employees working remotely, while on the go, and utilising multiple devices to do so.

Commvault’s Endpoint Data Protection solution is designed to enable a mobile workforce without compromising on usability or security.

“In the days of BYOD the SOE (Standard Operating Environment) has become a lot looser and data is leaking,” says Simon Probert, NextGen sales director.

“Employers used to give their people laptops and establish a set of rigid rules around them. Now, employers want to give their people the ability to work wherever they are as this increases their productivity.

“As people rely on their mobile devices more, they use their corporate file storage services less. The problem with this is that it leads to a whole lot of security challenges around data management,” he says.

Geared toward modern workplaces, Commvault’s Endpoint Data Protection allows an enterprise to regain control over business critical data.

The solution is designed to enable productivity, de-risk data loss, maintain compliance and be cost-effective.

Enable productivity

Probert says employees have to want to use these solutions and they have to get benefit from them.

Commvault has had an endpoint data protection solution for years, but has recently added the ability to use this environment as a corporatised file share.

This means the enterprise file sync and share solution and the enterprise backup solution are rolled into one. The benefit of this is usability.

This solution also has an ‘opportunistic schedule’, says Probert. This means employers can establish a rule and configure the client to work within this.

“A backup can be scheduled every 72 hours or three times a week, instead of every evening when an employee might still be working on their personal device,” Probert says.

On top of this, when the device has a good connection it can complete consistent backups – looking at what files, documents or folders are new and backing up or syncing these as opposed to the whole device.

With Commvault’s mobile client, these files and information relevant to them are immediately available on a webpage as well as the employee’s tablet and phone.

“All of these features actually solve a problem. It starts to become part of a company’s productivity and mobility,” says Probert.

Reduce risk

Commvault’s Endpoint Data Protection de-risks data loss so both the employee and their employer know corporate data is secure.

“So many things people are doing in their own time are extraordinarily valuable for an organisation, and the only capture point for the work they’ve done is their laptop.

“If their laptop is then lost, stolen, dead, you’ve lost that piece of information and it can be really difficult to regenerate it,” Probert says.

“This is particularly important for organisations that are very customer or research focused

“It’s really important to capture this information and protect it as soon as you can,” he says.

Ensure compliance

Content on mobile devices can be protected with the Commvault Edge app, which provides access, edit and upload capabilities to employees’ personal data clouds.

This helps businesses avoid risks that come with unsanctioned file share and cloud services.

When it comes to file sharing, this solution allows employees to share a file for a set amount of time and then revoke this share - they can also see how many shares they’ve ever had. This ensures files are easy to track and audit, says Probert.

Furthermore, having a knowledge of what was shared is very important.

“Take a worst case scenario – the chairman of the board, CEO, CFO, head of product design’s laptop is stolen.

“Data recovery may not be a concern, but you will still have access to what was on that device.

“More importantly you have a remote destroy – just click a button and you can scramble the data that was in those folders and it will be unreadable,” Probert says.

With eDiscovery, businesses can accelerate legal response times and compliance readiness with a single collection and search of all electronically stored information within the business.

Flexible deployment

This solution was built for how workplaces run today and as such is based on a per device subscription model, as opposed to per user.

“The reference point is not the device – the device is the material – the reference point is the actual person,” Probert says.

Furthermore, this solution is deployable on its own so the customer doesn’t have to deploy the entire Commvault suite.

It supports all common, well-used portable and mobile computing devices – everything from a Mac to a PC – and can be deployed in adherence to business or regulatory requirements on-premises, in the cloud, or in a hybrid combination.

Commvault is distributed by NextGen Distribution in New Zealand. Contact Simon Probert, NextGen sales director, for more information via email or call 09 972 3128.

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