Clumio Extends Backup as a Service to Amazon S3
Amazon S3 has gone from being a receptacle for secondary data to a vault for critical data, and Clumio has a new way to protect this storage environment.
This week, the backup as a service provider introduced Clumio Protect for Amazon S3, which provides point-in-time recovery and other data protection features not natively available in Object Storage Service. This includes ransomware protection features such as immutable storage, multi-factor authentication, a separate storage environment for S3 backups and access controls.
The Clumio Protect platform also provides customers with a centralized view of every AWS compartment, account, and region under management, which can enable storage administrators to quickly spot issues with backup processes and perform audits.
Clumio expects S3 protection to enter early access at the end of October, with general availability in December.
Amazon S3 stores data in three or more Availability Zones and natively offers version management and replication as data protection features, but these backup services are not enough for businesses, said Chadd Kenney, vice president produced at Clumio. Features come at higher storage costs because they duplicate data and are performed at the bucket level, which means they don’t allow granular recovery of a single file.
More importantly, S3’s versioning and replication features do not protect against ransomware, which is currently a major concern for businesses, Kenney added. Clumio Protect for Amazon S3 has security features like immutability and encryption that make it harder for cyber criminals to modify or delete backups.
“Versioning is a first line of defense, followed by replication, but it’s not a ransomware solution,” Kenney said.
Amazon S3 was primarily used as a repository for static images or backup copies generated by data protection software, but it has also become a popular storage option for data generated by cloud-native applications, Kenney said. Some of these applications and data are essential for businesses, and Clumio customers have said backing up Amazon S3 is a challenge.
“Amazon S3 was a dumping ground for data,” Kenney said. “But a lot of modern apps push data into S3, so now it’s a mix of junk and critical data.”
Sorting in the marsh S3
Clumio Protect for Amazon S3 brings significant protection against ransomware to an environment that has become critical for some companies, said Christophe Bertrand, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. S3 typically hosts secondary data such as backups, but for organizations running production in AWS, S3 is their primary storage.
“If your S3 data is important to you, it helps you manage and protect it,” Bertrand said.
Customers could get the granular restores and global search that Clumio now provides for S3, but it would require assembling S3’s native data protection mechanisms and third-party backup software, Bertrand added. Clumio Protect for Amazon S3 reduces this headache and does everything in the cloud, which can be an incentive for some customers.
Aside from its data protection capabilities, Clumio Protect for Amazon S3 addresses a growing problem with managing data in public cloud repositories, Bertrand said. Global visibility and research allows customers to identify which data is critical and non-critical, solving compliance issues and saving costs by backing up only what is needed.
Recovery from cyber attacks and the overall optimization of storage and backup processes are characteristics businesses are looking for, Bertrand said.
“Clumio really lives up to the cyber resilience bill,” he said. “It shows a maturation of its offer.
Corporate Strategy Group is a division of TechTarget.
Johnny Yu covers corporate data protection news for the TechTarget SearchDataBackup and SearchDisasterRecovery storage sites. Prior to joining TechTarget in June 2018, he wrote for the USA Today Reviewed.com consumer product review site.