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Mobility

Druva Insync: Secure enterprise backup for mobile devices

Take a look at Druva inSync, an enterprise cloud backup solution for mobile devices.

After really liking ShareFile Mobile on Android, I began looking for a secure enterprise backup and storage solution for the iPad. Recently, I had a chance to try out Druva inSync, an enterprise backup solution that fits the bill of what I was seeking quite nicely.

Druva inSync offers an on-premise and cloud solution. For purposes of my post, they set me up with a demo account on their cloud solution. Druva is trying to make some mobile device moves with their solution right now, including their InSync server's endpoint protection capabilities. It maintains a consumer-like feel to the app and platform, plus it includes the following:

  • Automated backup of smartphones and tablets
  • Secure file sharing with enterprise-grade security and policy enforcement
  • Data loss prevention with data encryption, device geo-tracking, and remote data deletion
  • Full reporting and global search over all content residing in Druva inSync

Another differentiator is the four endpoint protection tools that Druva provides, including constant endpoint management across all devices. The merging of security and cloud storage is giving rise to a completely new class of storage solutions for the mobile workforce, and Druva is a strong contender.

Getting started

You have to download the free Druva inSync Companion app from the App Store. There's also a Druva inSync app for Android. While there's nothing particularly standout about the app, it stays true to consumer iPad standards, which will be familiar to users. It works with the Druva inSync server and includes the following features:

  • Access to data that's backed up on any of your devices
  • Access data that's synced across your devices
  • Access data you share with other team members
  • Share data with other team members

There are three different ways that you can login to the Druva enterprise-grade solution:

  • Insync Password
  • User's Active Directory (AD) credentials
  • Single Sign On (SSO) login credentials

Druva provides complete device security to prevent data loss in case of device loss or theft.

Using Druva

Once the app is downloaded to an iPad, a user will need to get their credentials from their administrator. Figure A shows an example of the Druva app's main screen once you enter your login credentials: Figure A

Druva inSync app main screen.
All Content is the default view. Tap on Uploads to view any files you upload to your Druva account. Tap the plus sign [+] in the top right-hand corner, and you'll be given the option to upload files from your camera roll or photo stream. The Mobile Uploads button at the bottom lets you choose where you want to upload your files. Figure B shows the files you can upload to your Druva account: Figure B

Files to upload to Druva.

Druva inSync works across devices. When you tap the Devices button, you can see what devices are connected to your Druva inSync account. Druva inSync's capability to work across devices could become important to mobile workers and a definite selling point in my eyes, especially if you switch devices frequently for particular projects or customer demos. Because of this cross-device support, Druva inSync should also enter the discussion for a backup solution to support a BYOD effort.

Sharing files in Druva

l like how Druva inSync takes a nice, easy approach to mobile collaboration and sharing with the following options:

  • Tap the link icon to Email Link or Copy Link to Clipboard (Figure C)
  • Tap the paper clip icon to attach the selected file to a blank email
  • Tap the Action button to open the file in an app that supports the file format
Figure C

Share files in Druva inSync.

Settings

The one thing I did expect in Druva inSync was more user security settings on the app side. However, when you tap More, you only get a view into Share Updates and My Account (Figure D), which only includes:
  • Quota details, such as backup and share usage and overall storage quota
  • Account information of server URL and email ID
  • App Settings with a cache limit (default of 100 MB)
Figure D

Druva inSync settings.

Final thoughts

Druva delivers on their promises of providing a corporate-grade backup and cloud storage solution that's very accessible and manageable from an iPad, with a level of security that consumer-grade cloud storage can't touch. With the popularity of BYOD and tablets becoming more prevalent with mobile workforces, I expect a shake out of cloud providers who want to serve this market segment. This is why I always caution people to choose such a solution carefully. However, I expect Druva will be around for a good long time.

About

Will Kelly is a freelance technical writer and analyst currently focusing on enterprise mobility, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), and the consumerization of IT. He has also written about cloud computing, Big Data, virtualization, project management ap...

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