|[June 21, 2011]
Enterprise Strategy Group Report Finds Symform's Decentralized Architecture More Secure Than Traditional Cloud Storage
SEATTLE --(Business Wire)--
Symform, a company that is revolutionizing the cloud storage marketplace
by offering the world's safest, fastest, and most cost-effective
solution, today announced the results of an Enterprise Strategy Group (News - Alert)
(ESG) Lab Validation Report on Symform Cloud Storage. The report busts
the myth that secure data protection in the cloud must follow the
traditional centralized data center model, in fact ESG verified that the
decentralized architecture of Symform Cloud Storage offers businesses of
any size a more secure cloud storage alternative.
There are many solutions available to deal with secure data protection,
and cloud services are being widely adopted as the next step in the
natural evolution of data protection. ESG Lab examined Symform Cloud
Storage with a focus on the security and cost benefits derived from this
decentralized data protection model versus a traditional centralized
data center model used by all other cloud storage providers.
Symform is the first company to break away from the traditional and
costly centralized data center cloud storage model. It uses RAID 96 to
geographically distribute, encrypt, and shred its data, which makes it
innately more secure than the centralized models because it eliminates
the single point of failure and attack vulnerability. Its unique design
also allows it to maintain a highly scalable data cloud storage network
without the high costs associated with building centralized data centers
to accommodate massive data growth. This allows Symform to deliver data
protection at a fraction of what customers would pay for other cloud
"When you do the analysis, the decentralized Symform solution provides a
very secure and durable architecture," said Ginny Roth, Lab Engineer and
Analyst of ESG. "We confirmed a strong level of security built into
Symform, beginning with the moment data is identified locally for
protection to the end nodes where the backed up data resides.
Organizations looking for an alternative to the costs and security
challenges associated with traditional centralized data centers for data
protection will find a strong approach with Symform's Cloud Storae."
During its detailed examination of Symform's approach to secure data
protection, ESG found that the decentralized model provides maximum
assurances that data cannot be compromised. In the detailed testing
Set up a Symform data protection environment with just a few simple
steps and found backups and restores easy to manage. The "set it and
forget it" functionality of backups makes the cost to maintain the
Confirmed successful encryption of data both on the synchronizing and
contributing devices. In addition, the file names themselves had no
correlation with the customers they belonged to. Without access to the
customer's administrative account, it would be impossible to
reassemble the fragments in any meaningful way.
Observed effective separation of data for multi-tenancy accounts.
Access to the meta data store was limited to the Symform Cloud Control
web service, providing a secure layer between customers and the
Tested the file restore capabilities of the Symform storage cloud by
removing a contributing node from the network, and was still able to
easily retrieve the requested data.
ESG also found that when organizations look at data storage replacement
solutions, the majority of them cite cost as the main concern. In
addition, it's difficult to budget for storage growth because it's hard
to predict future data growth rates. Symform solves this issue by
allowing companies to store unlimited amounts of data without costly per
gigabyte charges as data grows.
"Symform's Cloud Storage offers the most secure data protection service
at a less expensive price. Businesses are paying too much for what they
think is good centralized data protection, but they are paying greater
fees for less redundancy and security," said Praerit Garg, president and
co-founder of Symform. "The decentralized cloud storage model provides a
more secure solution for customers, and ESG's report confirms that
Symform has done it."
ESG Lab's expert third-party perspective is based on its own detailed,
hands-on testing. The analysts at ESG performed their evaluation of
Symform's Cloud Storage using servers located at the company's
facilities in Seattle, Washington, that were connected to the company's
live cloud service. For more details about the analysis and the research
parameters, read the full report available on the Symform
Symform, a privately held company based in Seattle, has reinvented cloud
storage. The patented Symform Storage Cloud protects your data in a way
that is faster, cheaper, more secure and reliable than anything
traditional cloud storage providers can offer.
Symform, Symform Storage Cloud, the Resilient Storage Architecture, and
RAID-96 are trademarks of Symform, Inc. References to other companies
and their products acknowledge the trademarks owned by their respective
companies and are for reference purposes only.
About Enterprise Strategy Group
Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) is an integrated, full-service IT
analyst and business strategy firm, world-renowned for forward-looking
market intelligence, analysis, and consulting services that deliver
proven, measurable results. Recognized as one of the world's top 10
analyst firms by offering a unique blend of capabilities-including
world-class market research, hands-on technical product testing, and
expert consulting methodologies such as the ESG Strategy Lifecycle-ESG
is relied upon by IT professionals, technology vendors, institutional
investors, and the media for actionable IT and business intelligence.
For more information visit www.esg-global.com
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