Backup Data Opens Up Access to the Internet of Things

Posted 10/03/2013 by Commvault

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Everyone’s talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) — the collection of connected devices and the data they generate that’s driving the data deluge and chaos that organizations everywhere are trying to control. Within the IoT you have the aggregation and amalgamation of BYOD, Big Data, mobile computing, wireless devices, QR codes, RFID, machine data, and human data, basically every possible thing that can create data and has an Internet connection. Regardless of their size, IT departments need a strategy to discover this data, protect it and harness it to add value for their enterprise.

One strategy to manage this data starts with making better use of backup data, specifically the data that’s sitting on endpoint devices, such as laptops, desktops and in cloud file sharing services. The way Commvault enables organizations to leverage backup data from laptops is through a solution we call Commvault Edge, which not only protects data on client PCs, but gives anywhere access to this same data on smartphones and tablets.

Each Commvault CommCell can protect up to 25,000 clients and easily scales beyond that with our singular software platform, Simpana. Simpana® software collects the data on these devices and centralizes all of it in the ContentStore repository. From the Simpana console, IT admins can protect and manage business data residing on employee laptops and desktops, including document folders that are shared through third-party file services. And employees can access all their documents securely via web and mobile apps.

10 Ways that Commvault Edge Simplifies Endpoint Data Management

  1. Automate Quick Backups - Automatic, opportunistic scheduling based on network connectivity, power source and performance threshold make backups seamless and transparent. The flexibility of the Edge solution allows you to initiate unscheduled backups from the Backup Monitor on your laptop or from the web console. And you can backup data over any network – LAN, WAN or VPN with dynamic bandwidth throttling.
  2. Improve Resource Utilization – Embedded source-side deduplication technology and intelligent backup scheduling optimize the network bandwidth and storage space required to protect corporate data out on the edge.
  3. Integrate Security Features – Full encryption at all stages and secured network access (HTTPS) together ensure data is secure.
  4. Customize Protection Based on Business Rules – Configure policies for different groups of users, then automatically assign users to those groups with additional settings such as content type, encryption, retention policies, and content indexing.
  5. View the Location of Clients – Instantly track the geographical location of the client based on its IP address, which is very useful for laptops.
  6. View the Backup Status of Clients – View the backup summary details for each client PC, such as when the last backup was performed, deduplication savings and when the next backup is scheduled.
  7. Access Files from Anywhere – Using any web browser or mobile app, IT admins or employees can browse the backup files with the Commvault Edge end-user app.
  8. Download Backup Files to a Smartphone or Tablet – Download backup data directly from the laptop or desktop where it resides to your smart device to view or use later.
  9. Share Backup Files – After you download the file to your smartphone or tablet, you can then share it with others via email. Using optional content indexing you can also copy text out of the HTML preview and paste it into other documents for sharing and use.
  10. Sync Data between Systems – You can automatically sync files between protected devices for rapid access, without having to go through the web console.

Endpoint protection solutions such as Commvault Edge aren’t going to completely address all the issues involved with the Internet of Things, but they will be valuable tools in IT’s solution stack.