Rapid cloud adoption fuels 100% data center workload revenue growth in Asia Pacific and Japan for Druva

Druva, a leading cloud data protection and management company, announced its data center workload revenue has grown more than 100% in the last twelve months.

Based in California, Druva’s impressive growth can be attributed to its providing support to over 135 enterprises in Asia Pacific and Japan. This includes helping Adani Wilmar in India, Gold Peak in Hong Kong, and NTT Data and UNIADEX in Japan navigate their digital transformation.

“As businesses in Asia Pacific and Japan adopt remote operating models, there is an urgency to adopt new technologies, maintain business continuity and secure organisational and dispersed workforce data,” said Pete Yamasaki, Druva’s Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific and Japan.

It is no surprise by now that businesses are turning to cloud computing to reimagine their operations, especially in the trying times in the pandemic-hit world. And that’s not the only trend, as governments across the world are enforcing data protection regulations with greater stringency to ensure their citizens’ most sensitive details are safe and secure, even on the cloud.

“Regardless of the industry, sector or legacy, companies are turning to the cloud for the scale and technology it has to offer,” added Mr. Yamasaki.

Druva identified more than 700 businesses in Asia Pacific looking to ‘break free from the shackles of the data center and embrace a cloud-first approach for rising data protection needs’, as they ‘move away from investment-heavy and legacy approaches to data protection’.

“Druva’s powerful platform has enabled the region’s expanding businesses to protect data where it is being created – in the cloud – from anywhere with on-demand scalability, robust compliance capabilities and industry-leading security standards,” said Mr. Yamasaki.

To further accelerate Druva’s growth in the region, the company is also expanding its partner program, Druva Compass, to continue to empower digital transformation through enhanced training.

“Customers are increasingly drawn to the public cloud infrastructure as they embark on their digital transformation journey,” said Nathan Lowe, the Managing Director ASI Solutions, a Druva Compass certified partner in Australia.

In the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, Druva’s partners will be critical for the successful deployment of their technology for reliant customers looking to take the digital transformation leap.

“With Druva’s service-oriented model, we can easily add new data sources and make decisions based on our business objectives rather than the restrictions of our legacy backup solution,” said Wai Chung, IT backup administrator for AmorePacific in Hong Kong.

As businesses in Asia Pacific and Japan are managing far more data than two years ago and are being pushed to adopt remote working models under the COVID-19 pandemic, cloud data protection is fast becoming a significant concern to prevent the rising number of threat actors from accessing their data. 

A mid-year report by market intelligence firm IDC projected revenue from cloud systems and services in Asia Pacific to outpace both the Americas and the EMEA region by 2024. Druva Inc.’s latest revenue number serves as strong evidence on the region’s growth potential.

The success of platforms such as Druva once again highlight the importance that businesses place on data protection. Compared to traditional hardware architectures, companies now want security and scalability in the same way that it is being created, on the cloud.

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Netskope NewEdge expands cloud security offering in India with three new data centers

Netskope, a leading cloud security provider, announced the expansion of their NewEdge network in India with three new data centers.

The latest data centers will extend the private cloud security network into Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai to meet unprecedented demand in the country.

Cloud security providers without diverse, in-region coverage will often require users to traverse thousands of miles, incurring a significant latency tax, to reach the next closest data center, which can make services delivered outside of India unusable,” said Joe DePalo, the Senior VP of Platform Engineering at Netskope.

The new data centers will translate into improved performance for Netskope services, low single-digit millisecond latency and greater uptake from local and multinational firms in India – one of the largest markets in terms of users and traffic handled by NewEdge.

“Having multiple data centers in India is a key NewEdge differentiator,” added Mr. DePalo.

‘The public Internet is at breaking point’

As more and more organisations rapidly adopt digital transformation strategies, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, more pressure is put on the public Internet, pushing it to breaking point, according to Netskope.

The strain on public internet is intensified by user demand for high-performance and fast applications as well as enterprises’ need for enhanced security.

Legacy security tools are said to be unprepared for rising demands and produce delays in accessing critical services, impacting user experience and productivity. This is why Gartner predicts that security architectures will shift towards Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), as the enterprise data center is no longer a center of access requirements since more services are moving to the cloud.

Private cloud solutions could be the answer to this, as connectivity issues can be solved by using resilient global architecture that is peered with major providers.

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Fortune 200 SYNNEX Corporation, Concentrix uses private cloud security solutions to accelerate digital transformation for their clients while securely managing the data, as their staff is spread across 40 countries in six continents.

“Netskope NewEdge expansion into Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai strengthens its commitment to secure their customers’ data and provide integral cybersecurity solutions with global consistency driven by local intimacy,” said Rishi Rajpal, the Vice President of Global Security at Concentrix.

The securing of data in India is also becoming increasingly important, as the Government continues to enforce data localisation laws, requiring customer data to be held in the country.

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Trend Micro strengthens data sovereignty for Asia Pacific customers with first regional data lake in Singapore

Trend Micro has selected Singapore as the site for its first regional data lake, bringing its XDR suite to Asia Pacific and strengthening data sovereignty for its customers in Asia.

Driven by the demand for a data lake, Trend Micro selected Singapore due to its hub status for businesses across Asia Pacific as well as its strong data protection laws.

The data lake, which stores activity data across individual security tools in an organisation, began operations at the start of August.

“There has been tremendous demand from our customers in the region for XDR capabilities since last year. Now they will be able to have the full XDR experience,” said Dhanya Thakkar, Trend Micro’s Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa.

With security operations center (SOC) teams up against increasingly sophisticated threats, the XDR solution is said to go beyond endpoint detection and response (EDR) by acting like a black box to record and analyse data from emails, endpoints, servers, cloud workloads and networks in an organisation.

Mr. Thakkar said: “EDR is only one piece of the whole detection and response puzzle. It’s great but it has limited reach, as it only collects data on the endpoints. To have integrated visibility across multiple security vectors is a top-priority item on any SOC’s to-do list.”

The cloud security provider’s XDR solution is purported to address operational nightmares faced by SOC teams, including alert fatigue by automatically combing through noisy cybersecurity alerts identifying potential attacks, contextually visualising alerts to show different stages of attacks, and centralising normalised data to improve efficiency.

“XDR gives us an additional dimension in threat detection. It allows for faster correlation of endpoint events to related services, such as network and email, to help us quickly identify entry points and the spread of infection visually,” said Ian Loe, the Senior Vice President for Cybersecurity, Infrastructure & Performance Architecture at NTUC Enterprise Co-operative Limited.

In their announcement of the first regional data lake in Singapore, Trend Micro also revealed plans for a second data lake to be up and running in Sydney, Australia in October.

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