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May 14, 2012

Gazzang unveils new backup service for Ubuntu

zEscrow enables Ubuntu desktop users to back up and recover randomly generated keys that protect Ubuntu encrypted home directories

By CBR Staff Writer

Cloud-enabling, platform-as-a-service (PaaS) products provider Gazzang has extended its family of data encryption and key management applications with the new addition, zEscrow.

zEscrow is a new service that enables Ubuntu desktop users to back up and recover randomly generated keys that protect Ubuntu encrypted home directories.

The software-as-a-service solution (SaaS) can be easily activated from a user’s Ubuntu desktop.

An Ubuntu home directory can install and run the command ‘zescrow’ and follows three simple prompts, which ecrypts the backup of the user’s eCryptfs configuration and upload to the zEscrow server.

To complete the backup, the user can follow a URL link returned by the utility and associates a Google account with the backup. Gazzang zEscrow works on earlier versions of Ubuntu as well.

Gazzang chief architect Dustin Kirkland said Ubuntu leverages eCryptfs, Linux’s open source encrypted file system, to transparently encrypt and decrypt all of a user’s files and folders in their home directory.

"zEscrow alleviates this pain by enabling Ubuntu users to securely store their encryption passphrases for easy retrieval later. Gazzang actively supports the open source community and is thrilled to contribute this solution to the Linux desktop community under the AGPL free software license," said Kirkland.

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