Clumio launches affordable ransomware protection with SecureVault Lite for Amazon EC2 and Amazon EBS

SecureVault Lite is 30% less expensive than Clumio’s SecureVault, with the reduced charge coming mainly at the cost of some fine-grained file level capabilities which Clumio believes will matter only to a fairly select audience.

Chadd Kenney, Clumio’s VP of Product. Backups

Today, Santa Clara-based cloud data protection provider Clumio is announcing Clumio SecureVault Lite for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). The new offering is a more cost-effective air gap ransomware protection solution than Clumio, or anyone else, has offered in the past.

“We realized quickly that getting ransomware protection in the public cloud was both ridiculously complex and expensive,” said Chadd Kenney, Clumio’s VP of Product. Backups. For instance, EBS Snapshots cost $.50/GB per month, which is what Clumio SecureVault cost as well. With Clumio Secure Light, backups cost $0.035/GB per month.

“Compared to our other competitors, the cost disparity is even greater,” Kenney said.

“Formerly, many customers faced a trade off between cost reduction, and having no air gap protection, which increased costs,” Kenney stated. “This alleviates that challenge.”

With the air gapped capability, Clumio SecureVault Lite backups are stored outside of the customer’s AWS account, completely separated from the production environment. Customer data is stored on immutable storage, and is encrypted both at-rest and in-flight, with the ability for customers to bring their own keys. In addition, Clumio provides multi-factor authentication (MFA) with Single Sign-On (SSO) integration, access controls for assets and roles, and no delete button.

“This ensures that air gapped protection will be available to all,” Kenney said.

Will this then not destroy the market for Clumio SecureVault, which has been in the product from the time it first came on the market? Kenney emphasized that the more robust version still has its own use cases – and that customers can use both versions of SecureVault, choosing what is most appropriate for each workload, without incurring any extra costs.

Clumio SecureVault Lite has some negatives compared to the larger version as well. First, there is a 30-day minimum retention requirement, which is unlikely to be an issue for the vast majority of customers, but it is there. Secondly, there is a  $0.04/GB restore fee for the Lite version, while the larger version has no restore cost. Finally, and likely more important for larger customer, while Clumio SecureVault has file level indexing, browsing and restores, Clumio SecureVault Lite has none of these.

“Someone who wants the capability to execute much more fine-grained recovery would prefer SecureVault,” Kenney said. “For long term retention SecureVault Lite is a great solution as an alternative to AWS Snapshots. Those are the perfect candidates for this.”

Kenney also emphasized that any customer can use both SecureVault and SecureVault Lite, without paying any extra charges for having both products.

“We don’t charge any additional charges beyond the basic storage, so whichever solution they think will be most appropriate for a specific workload will be the only one that they pay for,” he said.

Clumio SecureVault Lite will be generally available in early August.