HYCU has always been acutely focused on its mission to lead the field in data protection and backup as a service. The company aims to simplify data protection at a time when companies typically have hundreds of data silos, creating a complex environment that, as it scales, becomes increasingly vulnerable to attack.
While HYCU has always supported multi-cloud data protection, it more recently expanded its remit to include software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications too. With R-Cloud, HYCU had launched the world’s first data protection development platform for SaaS apps.
Recently, HYCU hit a milestone with R-Cloud, with an announcement that the 50th as-a-service integration had been added to HYCU Marketplace, among them many core AWS services.
A Significant Milestone
Data fragmentation has become an incredibly big problem mainly because of the proliferation of SaaS applications; HYCU officials said there are now 30,000 existing applications and counting.
HYCU says that the average company has over 200 SaaS applications running and expects this number to rise to around 500 in the coming years. HYCU’s milestone of 50 protected apps is modest relative to the total number of apps, it nonetheless represents a significant boost for HYCU’s mission and shows the trajectory the company is on.
“The problem that we see here is that as more and more data shifts to as a service and as data protection vendors scramble to try to figure out what to do about this, we’re left with this gaping hole in the amount of protected data across the world,” said HYCU Founder and CEO Simon Taylor in a conversation with Acceleration Economy.
From the beginnings of R-Cloud, the aim was never to write the code for the programs required to protect the tens of thousands of SaaS applications in existence. Instead, the HYCU approach was to open its APIs and enable third-party vendors to write to them and build up the HYCU Marketplace.
“We have now hit 50 of those integrations, which, with 30,000, you might say, that’s not a huge number, [but] it’s 10 times the number of any other data protection vendor,” explains Taylor. “So, we are protecting, at this point, 10 times more as service integration than anybody else.”
Interestingly, this influx of SaaS applications hasn’t generally come from the SaaS vendors themselves. Instead, the increase originates from partners, representing multiple vendors. “There’s so many of these wonderful partners out there who’ve got professional services teams and they want to have their own code,” explains Taylor. “They want to have a unique differentiator in the marketplace and they’re typically very skewed to one or two SaaS services that they sell a lot of.”
A Focus on AWS
While the slew of integrations announced by HYCU include some of the leading SaaS applications, there was a particular emphasis on AWS. HYCU is now the leading data protection organization for AWS services. The aim is to support companies building on AWS from application build through runtime, providing a comprehensive data protection environment.
Now, HYCU provides a fully-managed backup service for granular restore and recovery for a wide range of AWS services, These include the following:
Compute and storage: Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), and AWS Lambda.
Database-as-a-service: Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), Amazon DynamoDB and Amazon Aurora .
Core services: AWS IAM, AWS CloudFormation, AWS Key Management Service (KMS).
Plus, a wide range of SaaS applications used to build and release applications in AWS. While, the task ahead, protecting 30,000 plus applications may seem daunting, with its 10x increase on anything that has come before it in less than a year since launching R-Cloud, HYCU is certainly the best-placed company in the industry to achieve this goal.