All-in-One Cloud Storage Gateways Replace Tape Backup and File Servers
Henderson, Nev. and Palo Alto, Calif., April 18, 2013 — CTERA Networks, the leader in cloud storage enablement, today announced that Bluepoint Solutions, a leader in payment and content management solutions for financial institutions, has teamed up with CTERA to provide its credit union customers with efficient, secure managed storage and data protection using CTERA’s all-in-one cloud storage gateway appliances. CTERA will be showcasing the solution at the AWS Summit in New York City today, in booth #212.
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According to the 2012 Credit Union National Association report, there are more than 7,000 credit unions operating in the United States, serving almost 96 million members. Credit unions are bound by many of the same regulations and stringent data protection practices as larger banks, but the average credit union employs only 33 full-time employees, so they are resource-constrained and must use the most efficient means available, without compromising on security and data privacy.
Many credit unions employ tape backup with offsite storage to protect their data. However, tape backup is no longer the most cost-effective way to protect data, and poses many challenges including lengthy backup windows, manual operation and transportation, expensive off-site storage and unpredictable recovery.
The Bluepoint-CTERA solution provides a hybrid cloud and on-premises solution that is simple to manage through web-based administration, delivers end-to-end security, and a full set of Network Attached Storage (NAS) capabilities on-site. The CTERA appliance is installed locally, providing fast on-site recovery, while Amazon Web Services (AWS) redundant cloud storage delivers protection against local disasters with an off-site copy, in compliance with the highest standards and regulatory requirements. Data is protected both in the cloud and on-premises using 256-bit AES encryption. Encryption keys are private and managed by the credit union, which retains complete control over data access.
“Our customers require high standards of data protection and fast recovery in the event of a catastrophe or equipment failure,” said Andrew Tilbury, CMO of Bluepoint Solutions. “Until recently, robust backup and recovery solutions were expensive and complex, and tape does not provide the reliability our customers need. Now we provide a service that replaces both tape backup and file servers in a single, cost-effective and robust solution.”
“We are excited at this partnership with Bluepoint and AWS,” said Clay Rogers, director of channel development at CTERA. “Our hybrid architecture and ability to work seamlessly on Amazon’s S3 cloud storage infrastructure enabled Bluepoint to deliver a secure, optimized and cost-effective solution to this demanding market.”
About Bluepoint Solutions
Bluepoint Solutions provides end-to-end payment processing and content management solutions to community financial institutions. More than 1,400 credit unions and community banks nationwide have deployed its enterprise technology, including the largest corporate credit unions and credit union service organizations in the country. Learn more at www.bluepointsolutions.com.
About CTERA Networks
CTERA Networks is the leader in cloud storage enablement, revolutionizing storage, data protection and collaboration for enterprises and SMBs. Its Cloud Attached Storage(R) architecture combines secure cloud storage services with on-premises appliances and managed agents. CTERA pioneered the cloud storage gateway concept, with tens of thousands of units deployed, and its scalable cloud service delivery platform is used by leading service providers and enterprises, on the public or private cloud infrastructure of their choice. For more information, visit www.ctera.com. Follow CTERA on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CTERA