Data protection is crucial to ensuring business continuity. But if disaster strikes and your data is encrypted by ransomware or lost due to human error, you need to know you can retrieve your backed-up data with absolute certainty. As every IT pro knows, the threats to your data are very real, with 66 percent of respondents to Sophos The State of Ransomware 2022 reporting they were hit by ransomware last year and 72 percent saying they experienced an increase in the volume and complexity of cyberattacks over the same time frame.
A Single Infrastructure for Data Protection and Backups Introduces Risks
While many IT pros want to keep managing things simple by relying on one infrastructure for both data protection and backups, this approach also adds vulnerabilities that can lead to extended downtime and data loss. That’s because if ransomware takes down your primary infrastructure, your backups could be toast, too.
With that in mind, here are four essential reasons data protection best practices dictate that you should keep these two infrastructures apart, with one serving as your primary backup storage and the other providing immutable object storage that ensures failsafe recovery.
1. Provides a Logical Air Gap
With separate infrastructures, you add another layer of redundancy. Keeping your data protection appliances in a different location from your immutable backup storage creates a logical air gap that can’t be breached. The risks to your data are instantly reduced because your immutable backups ensure you can quickly recover your data—even if your data protection infrastructure is taken down by ransomware, a cyberattack, a natural disaster, or even an accidental deletion caused by human error.
2. Adds Redundancy
Separate infrastructures eliminate the risks that come with a single point of failure. Redundancy ensures you're covered if anything happens to either of your appliances.
3. Delivers Multi-Purpose Immutable Storage
There’s no doubt that immutable storage is perfect for backup repositories. But it’s also a sound choice for archival data and other unstructured data stores because it adds the power of immutability, defending all of your data from being altered or deleted.
4. Offers Flexible Independent Scaling
With a single infrastructure for data protection and immutable storage, you will often find yourself paying for storage and resources you don’t need. With separate infrastructures, each appliance can be scaled independently as required, so you only pay for the resources you need when you need them.
Get Expert Infrastructure Advice
Learn more about how this best-practices approach can reduce your risks and costs by talking to an expert Arcserve technology partner. To see how Arcserve solutions solve your data protection and immutable storage equation, request a demo today.
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