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ParaBlu: Restoring Your Faith in the Cloud

CIO Vendor Would you ever leave your safe deposit locker’s keys with the bank or would you prefer taking it home with you and be sure it can be opened only in your presence? The latter, right? We thought so. If so, then why would you make such a compromise when it comes to your digital assets saved in the cloud? If you don’t think that’s any of your concern, then be ready to feel the shivers down your spine as you hear about incidents like Apple’s iCloud hack that publicized private photographs of major celebrities or like the current ongoing situation with Microsoft where the US Department of Justice is demanding they turn over customer data that resides on their servers. But if you want to be safe, then you may want to consider ParaBlu’s Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) solution which is designed to make sure your data’s digital keys stay with the rightful owner, i.e. You.

Established in 2012, ParaBlu serves as a catalyst to their customers’ cloud migration strategies by ensuring privacy, confidentiality and security of digital assets. Unlike other CASB vendors, the company has married security and privacy with data management capabilities and built a solution designed to protect data that flows out of a company’s networks into the public cloud. Parablu’s security and privacy gateway (BluKrypt), combined with their data management solutions, BluVault (Backup & Recovery), BluSync (Enterprise File Sync &Share) others are designed toprovide a smooth and predictable experience to customers.
Fanatically focused on cloud security, ParaBlu has become the CASB solution of choice within several large IT organizations in the Indian market, including an IT Services giant and two of India’s largest business conglomerates.

Parablu &Its Dozen Warriors

Established with an egalitarian culture at its core, ParaBlu employees are encouraged not to think of their jobs in silos, but be ready to wear different hats as needed. Following a flat organizational structure with highly agile work culture, the company consists of a dozen R&D engineers who take security and privacy very seriously. The company has a seasoned and experienced management team who collectively boast over 70 years of industry experience. Aligned with the ‘Make in India’ paradigm; ParaBlu is the only CASB player that has their entire R&D team based completely in India.

Anand Prahlad, President &CEO, ParaBlu says, “We’re a small team, but our engineers are exposed to different technologies and are rarely straitjacketed into a single area of expertise. We work on the cutting edge, be it older skills like Java, C++ and PHP or newer technologies like Docker, Mongo or AngularJS. What we offer is real world experience, which is hard to substitute with anything else”. He further adds, “When you’re in a start-up, persistence and determination are key. The best piece of advice that I have ever received isthat ‘Success is largely a matter of hanging on even after others let go’. The team here has imbibed that paradigm and they’re a huge reason for our success”.

The Road Ahead

ParaBlu’s vision is to be the one-stop shop for all things related to Cloud Security. Where it is Virtual NAS, SaaS application protection, or ECM solutions – ParaBlu would like to be the solution of choice for data security and privacy. While they’ve so far been focused on the Indian market, ParaBlu is actively working with Systems Integrators and soon plans to penetrate the US and European markets. Also watch for them to debut their offering in online marketplaces like Amazon and Microsoft. This bootstrapped startup is also planning to raise their first external financing round in the next few months.