Fraunhofer SIT: OmniCloud for Secure Data Backups in Multiple Storage Clouds

The Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology presents its OmniCloud software solution at CeBIT from March 6th to 10th, 2012

CeBIT 2012: Fraunhofer SIT highlights encryption solution for low-cost cloud backups

CeBIT 2012
Hall 26, Stand E08

DARMSTADT, Germany, Feb. 29, 2012 –/– The Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology will be presenting its OmniCloud software solution for the first time at CeBIT Germany. This solution provides companies with the ability to connect existing backup solutions securely and economically to the cloud: OmniCloud encrypts the data to be backed up, thereby protecting corporate secrets against unauthorised access. What’s more, OmniCloud prevents duplication within the backup, which, in turn, helps to minimize costs. OmniCloud has been designed as a solution for small and medium-sized companies. Fraunhofer SIT will be demonstrating OmniCloud at CeBIT in Hannover between the 6th and 10th of March (hall 26, stand E08).

A backup helps protect important company data. In order to save money, many companies now want to store their backup copies in the cloud. However, a study on this subject from Fraunhofer SIT, which is due to be published soon, clearly shows that most cloud service providers do not provide a sufficient level of security. This is why they developed OmniCloud, which encrypts data locally before it is moved to the cloud. OmniCloud already supports a wide range of existing cloud storage services and can be connected very easily to existing backup solutions – even if these do not support cloud connections themselves. What’s more, OmniCloud also offers a kind of moving service, similar to those that are common in the electricity sector. The software developed by Fraunhofer SIT therefore ensures companies do not become dependent on a single provider.

During the data backup process, OmniCloud recognises duplicate entries and, if identical files exist, ensures only one dataset is moved to the cloud. ”Many files within companies are often stored in more than one location. If, for example, a manager sends an email to multiple employees, this data is often then saved on multiple computers. OmniCloud locates these duplicates and takes them into consideration when creating the backup. And that saves storage space and money“, according to Michael Herfert, a department supervisor at Fraunhofer. “Our software meets the highest security demands and is particularly easy to integrate into existing processes.“

Further information on OmniCloud can be found on the Internet at

Fraunhofer SIT Darmstadt
Oliver Küch
+49 6151 869-213

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