Our recent global survey of IT decision-makers speaks volumes about today’s focus on backup and recovery. As we highlighted in a recent post, 77 percent of those surveyed are not confident they can recover lost data if they get hit by ransomware. The survey’s good news is that 92 percent of respondents said they are making additional investments to protect against these attacks.
As TechTarget points out in a recent article, today’s evolving threats are a wake-up call for organizations to improve their security postures, especially as sophisticated cybercriminal organizations increasingly target backups with ransomware. So, how do you protect your backups from ransomware? And what should you look for in a backup and recovery solution?
Start by following the 3-2-1-1 backup strategy we’ve written about frequently in these posts. Then, consider these solutions as you put the strategy into action:
1. Cloud-Based Backup and Disaster Recovery
Today’s cloud-based solutions can protect your on-premises business systems and your data. That’s important because, while local backups can be enough to recover your IT systems if all you’ve suffered is a server failure or other minor hiccup, a site-wide disaster could destroy your backups and cause some serious downtime. Arcserve Cloud Hybrid is a fully integrated hybrid cloud backup, cybersecurity, and disaster recovery extension to Arcserve backup and recovery products. Together, these products ensure you’ll have complete and reliable business continuity.
Arcserve Cloud Hybrid lets you quickly deploy cloud-based backup and DR to public and private clouds and deep learning system protection to secure backups from cyberattacks. You can also adapt to rapidly changing business requirements while meeting stringent RTOs and RPOs.
2. Immutable Network-Attached Storage
Moving to the cloud doesn’t mean you won’t have any on-premises or secondary offsite infrastructure to protect. And protecting on-premises data isn’t easy, no matter how many precautions you take. That’s where immutable network-attached storage like Arcserve OneXafe enters the picture by backing up your data to an immutable object store. Every backup object is in a write-once, read-many-times format that can’t be modified—even by ransomware.
Any changes you make to the file system always result in the creation of new objects, with OneXafe’s continuous data protection (CDP) taking low-overhead snapshots every 90 seconds. These snapshots are a view of your file system at the instant it was taken. Because the underlying objects are immutable, the snapshots inherit this immutability, so they also can’t be changed by an outside source. Most importantly, these snapshots let you go back to specific points in time and recover entire file systems in minutes.
OneXafe’s scale-out architecture gives you a highly scalable, disk-based backup target for your virtualized and physical server environments. That makes it easy to scale to meet your ever-growing backup data needs and handle storage management tasks with near-zero configuration. And OneXafe helps control growing data storage costs with powerful data reduction technologies, including inline and variable-length deduplication and compression.
3. Unified Data Protection Software
Unified data protection software is another enhanced data protection and backup and recovery solution that should be on your list. Arcserve UDP gives you all-in-one data and ransomware protections, neutralizing ransomware attacks and letting you restore your data and perform effective disaster recovery. Arcserve UDP is safeguarded by Sophos Intercept X Advanced cybersecurity, combining deep-learning server protection, immutable storage, and scalable onsite and offsite business continuity.
The solution’s multi-layered approach gives you complete IT resiliency, protecting against data loss and extended downtime across your cloud, local, virtual, hyperconverged, and SaaS-based workloads using a unified central management interface. It can reduce downtime from days to minutes and validate your recovery point and recovery time objectives (RTOs/RPOs) and service-level agreements (SLAs) with automated testing and granular reporting. Immutability of your data backups is also assured with support for Amazon AWS S3 Object Lock.
Arcserve UDP lets you restore faster with instant VM and bare metal recovery (BMR), local and remote virtual standby, application-consistent backup and granular restore, hardware snapshot report, and extensions delivering high availability and tape support. The solution also protects Microsoft 365 workloads—Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business—on-premises while offering deep data reduction, granular recovery, and offsite replication.
Find the Right Backup and Recovery Solution for Your Organization
Every organization has different requirements. Get expert guidance for putting a proper backup and recovery solution in place by choosing an Arcserve technology partner. To learn more about Arcserve products, check out our product demos and free trial offers.
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