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Druva Acquires Disaster Recovery Company CloudRanger, Aims for 'Unified' Cloud Vision

  Legal organizations are beginning to fully embrace the use of cloud technology for data storage—perhaps out of necessity, given the rampant use of shadow IT, but using it nonetheless. With this new paradigm, though, comes to need to lock down all parts of the data life cycle for objects stored in the cloud. Cloud data protection and management company Druva has attempted to be on the forefront of this change for corporate legal departments. And today, the company announced an expansion of its cloud services with the acquisition of Ireland-based cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions company CloudRanger. CloudRanger provides server management software aimed at businesses and enterprises operating in the cloud, allowing for customized scheduling and backup policies. According to a press release, the company boasts more than 300 clients across various industries, as well as a 300 percent growth in revenue over the past six months. Financial details for the transaction have not been announced. For Druva, the goal is the ability to provide what it calls “native unified coverage” for cloud environments like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Office 365. Speaking with Legaltech News before the acquisition’s announcement, Dave Packer, vice president of product and alliance marketing at Druva, said the company now believes it has data-management as-a-service (DMaaS) that matches the company’s capabilities to industry needs. “Organizations today are unable to contain, manage and protect all their data (from local data sources and cloud data sources) with a single solution, so they wind up with multiple solutions leading to more replication of data, and, consequently, more data storage. Therefore, it is becoming extremely complex, time-consuming and expensive for businesses to manage and handle data,” Packer said. Particularly for corporate legal departments, those needs are many, be it data’s use in litigation processes like e-discovery or legal holds, in complying with international regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or needed access to data for internal legal team usage. The goal for Druva, Packer said, then becomes to streamline all of these varying uses and different steps of the data life cycle. As he explained, “These multiple, manual steps are not only costly, but greatly increase the time to relevant data for legal counsel to begin even the earliest stages of review.” He added that, with varying cloud applications such as Office 365, Salesforce and Box, as well as ever-increasing workloads, “Organizations are now operating in a hybrid world where they might have one foot on-premise yet be migrating to the cloud and running there as well. Therefore, in today’s complex and dispersed data source environments (cloud, local and hybrid), multivendor, stand-alone, labor intensive, complex and expensive to run point solutions and tools designed to protect and manage each source of data no longer work.” There’s a reason that many legal technology companies are investing in the cloud space. A recent report from Ari Kaplan Advisors found a growing acceptance and use of cloud services at their company or law firm, not just as the basis for software-as-a-service (SaaS) legal technology platforms but also as a storage option for corporate, e-discovery and transactional data. Given the widespread use of programs like Office 365, Kaplan told LTN, “companies have been using the cloud for many years now” and are becoming more comfortable with the technology. And that will open up opportunities for technology companies. With that in mind, Packer said Druva’s vision is to provide an all-encompassing platform to handle all aspects of this data, explaining, “Vendors that can provide not only cloud data protection but also data governance and data intelligence, all from a single platform, and address the aforementioned challenges are expected to secure a leadership position in the market.”