Solving The Challenge with Endpoint Data Strategies

Applying data center data management best practices to endpoints is particularly challenging. As discussed in our prior post, there is the physical challenge that most organizations have hundreds if not thousands of endpoints and those endpoints are mobile. Managing and maintaining an endpoint data strategy is expensive and time-consuming.

Users themselves also create a challenge when trying to implement an endpoint data strategy. If either the data protection or security software interferes with their work, they will disable it.

Leveraging the Cloud to Protect, Secure and Manage Endpoints

The cloud offers IT professionals an alternative to implementing these endpoint services in-house. A cloud-based endpoint data strategy has a lower upfront cost. Also, because of its inherent central point of management the monitoring and administration of all of the endpoint processes is easier. Lastly, a cloud-based solution is easier to manage remotely, even from a smartphone.

The problem IT professionals face as they implement a solution is finding a solution that meets all the needs of an endpoint data strategy. In reality, it is unlikely that IT will find a single solution that does it all. The organization is better off selecting a best of breed solution for each aspect of the strategy. The challenge with a best of breed solution is that each solution may require a different cloud in order to operate, which nullifies much of the cloud advantage.

KeepItSafe Endpoint Data Strategy as a Service

KeepItSafe essentially provides an endpoint data strategy as a service. KeepItSafe though isn’t limited to a single vendor or even a single vendor for each category. They have a portfolio of solutions so organizations can select the endpoint solution that best suits their needs.

For endpoint data protection, KeepItSafe offers solutions that can backup endpoints directly to the cloud or leverage an on-premises cache. IT can restore user data from a centralized management console and can prevent breaches with audit trails, monitoring, and alerts. All endpoint data is encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption.

Their solutions also provide remote data wipe. If a laptop is lost or stolen, IT can set it to wipe all corporate data when it is turned on. The solution also enables organizations to prepare for various data legislations. For example, it has legal hold capabilities, so that organizations can place endpoint data on legal hold in preparation for litigation.

For endpoint security, KeepItSafe delivers enterprise-class hybrid cloud solutions for endpoint backup and archiving with tools to manage bandwidth usage and accelerate backup processes. In addition to allowing IT to mitigate data loss and data breach at the edge, KeepItSafe extends data protection with the ability to customize solutions based and scale to support employees in ROBO offices without adding headcount.

The foundational component to any endpoint data management strategy is protection and the most important part of that foundation is recovery. KeepItSafe’s solutions are designed for simple, rapid recovery. In the case of a disaster, because KeepItSafe specializes in data protection, their team of IT experts is ready to help guide the organization through the recovery process. KeepItSafe also does not charge for data egress nor for data shipment which becomes a valued cost saving benefit during eDiscovery proceedings.

Conclusion

Users count on endpoints like laptops, tablets and smartphones to get their jobs done, more than ever. Given the amount of unique and valuable data they store, protecting these devices both from data loss and cyber-attack is critical. The challenge for organizations is selecting a solution that won’t bury the IT team in a management nightmare. The cloud is a viable alternative, but IT needs to look for a provider with a wide portfolio to meet the unique requirements of the organization. KeepItSafe is an excellent example of a company offering a holistic approach to data protection, a curated solution portfolio, and the cloud expertise to make it easy to implement and maintain.

To learn more about establishing an endpoint data protection strategy and setting it as the foundation for a complete data management strategy watch Storage Switzerland’s on demand webinar “Holistic Disaster Recovery; from Data Center to Endpoint.”

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Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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