Unified Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions: The Crucial Balance Between Data Security, Accessibility, and Compliance

MAY 9TH, 2024
Vitali Edrenkine
EVP, Worldwide Sales & Marketing

Recent research from NTT Security Holdings Global Threat Intelligence Center has revealed a stark reality: small and medium-sized enterprises are at the forefront of the battle against cyber threats. Shockingly, over 50 percent of ransomware victims were businesses with fewer than 200 employees, and 66 percent had less than 500 employees.

Even worse, backups are being targeted more than ever as cybercriminals try to block your ability to recover and force you to pay the ransom. If your backups are compromised, the costs can be astronomical. The Sophos State of Ransomware 2024 report found that median overall recovery costs were eight times higher—$3 million vs. $375,000—for victims whose backups were compromised compared to those who weren’t.

These alarming statistics underscore the need to fortify data protection measures at small or midsize enterprises. However, it's not just about security. The rise of mobile workforces and the introduction of regulations like the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) have made accessibility and compliance integral to any effective data protection strategy.

Data Protection in a Complex IT Landscape

Unified data protection meets these requirements while offering backup and automated disaster recovery software solutions that minimize downtime and ensure you can recover your data, no matter what.

Your small or mid-size enterprise is likely dealing with a vast amount of data, which you’re just as likely to store across various systems. This creates a complex storage environment that requires a unified approach to ensure your backups are secure and accessible.

How Unified Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions Work

Unified solutions support the varied data types your organization may rely on, such as databases, virtual machines (VMs), and cloud services. This comprehensive approach ensures all your critical systems are protected, reducing your risk of data loss and ensuring you can recover your data from any point-in-time backup.

To ensure your data is secure, unified data protection solutions encrypt your data in transit and at rest. (Learn how encryption prevents unauthorized access to your backups encryption in this post.) But it can’t stop cybercriminals who gain access to your systems via ransomware or other vulnerabilities. That’s why you also need immutable storage for your backups. Learn more about immutable storage in this post, “A Deep Dive Into Immutable Storage: How It Works for Ensuring Data Protection and Ransomware Recovery.”

Unified data protection also offers granular recovery capabilities to restore individual files, folders, or entire systems. This flexibility ensures that you can recover quickly from any data loss, minimizing downtime and disruptions. Unified data protection also supports your compliance requirements by offering flexible retention policies and audit trails, in addition to immutable storage.

Arcserve UDP: Built for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises

Your business is unique. That’s why Arcserve built our unified data resilience platform—featuring Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP)—to ensure we can meet small and medium-sized enterprises' unique needs like yours. When you choose Arcserve UDP, you can count on:

• Protection against data loss and extended downtime across your cloud, local, virtual, hyperconverged, and SaaS-based workloads.

• Reduce your downtime from days to minutes, validate recovery time and recovery point objectives (RTOs/RPOs) and service-level agreements (SLAs) with automated testing and granular reporting.

• Deployment in minutes, allowing you to quickly realize value for your investment.

• Prevents ransomware attacks on critical disaster recovery infrastructure with available Sophos Intercept X Advanced for Server.

• Ensures immutable backups on-premises and in the cloud with Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 Object Lock support.

• Restore faster with instant VM and bare metal recovery (BMR), local and remote virtual standby, application-consistent backup and granular restore, hardware snapshot support, and extensions delivering high availability and tape support.

• Flexible management capabilities with a multitenant, cloud-based management console or private console if preferred.

Find Your Balance: Test Drive Arcserve UDP

Request a demo and speak with an Arcserve data protection expert to quickly discover how effective Arcserve UDP can be for your small or midsize enterprise.

If you’re ready to dive in, check out our 30-day free trial offer.

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