How Compass Approaches Data Protection - The Difference

By August 26, 2021 Smart Data Protection

When Cobalt Iron has conversations with IT leaders, we get consistent feedback on the risks and obstacles large enterprises are facing.


The top issue is security. Ransomware attacks are growing in frequency and targeting the backup data intended as the last resort of a secure infrastructure.

Cost of Increasing Data and Growing Infrastructure

Product costs are rising and infrastructure is becoming increasingly complex and labor-intensive. There are more data regulations than ever before, and it is a huge challenge to keep up and stay in compliance.

Aging Infrastructure with No Clear Digital Transformation Path

Large organizations often have aging software and hardware that they don’t have an easy way to sunset, so they just keep overpaying, and as more workloads move to the cloud, it can be frustrating to manage and monitor so many siloed workloads.

Compass transforms the customer's backup experience

Compass customers, by contrast, have a true single platform for their entire environment’s backup data, with 80% of daily tasks now software automated, and industry-leading security built-in that makes the data completely inaccessible to hackers.

Cobalt Iron’s Compass platform is a new approach to data protection that automates and optimizes backup functions and infrastructure. So how exactly does Compass transform data protection for customers? What is the real difference between Compass and the rest of a noisy backup and data protection vendor market?

The best way to illustrate the difference is to show you a typical backup operations experience. Probably one you know very well.

Organizations, of course, must purchase and use a backup software product, whether a legacy provider, or a “cloud-first” newcomer to the market. In addition to the backup product itself, companies must purchase the components and manage the backup infrastructure. In some cases, the products are partially packaged, like with an appliance, but even in these cases most infrastructure and functions remain separate, and the orchestration is on the customer to handle.

That’s of course just the products themselves. Now a team is responsible for dozens of manual administration and management tasks that take up time and resources. All this complexity creates risks and pains for the business, meanwhile, as the data management expectations get larger, the complexities and costs increase and increase over time. The current state of backup leaves organizations with one option: Multiple, siloed products, purchased “a la carte” and still lacking the scale, security, and visibility capabilities organizations increasingly expect from their investments.

Compass is a backup platform, including infrastructure, delivered in a Software-as-a-Service model. With Compass’ unique architecture, backup software and the backup infrastructure is embedded, configured, and orchestrated automatically. Daily administrative management tasks are not only software automated, but automatically analyzed and optimized to improve performance.

Compass has all the features and functionality of a mature “backup only” product with additional features that are unmatched in the industry including:

  • Analytics-driven optimization
  • Automation and security features
  • Multi-cloud maturity
  • Extreme scalability
  • Solution assurance
  • Enterprise app integration
  • Personalized account support
Compass includes all the features and functions of the market leaders but then takes companies beyond backup to the future of data protection. With Compass, customers alleviate their pain points and realize critical business outcomes like:
  • Reduced total cost of ownership
  • Minimized backup security risks
  • Simplified operations
  • Service level delivery excellence
  • Future-proofed infrastructure

The differences and advantages for Compass customers are clear. Learn more about what a Compass deployment could do for your business. 

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