Somebody, somewhere has their eyes on your data. But some of this data is not yours - it belongs to your customers. Rightly so, they expect you to protect it. You have a duty of care to safeguard and nurture their data. Fail in your duty to care for this data and it becomes vulnerable to hackers.
The Oxford Dictionary states ransom as “a sum of money demanded or paid for the release of a captive.” This captive could be your data. Whilst this is not a position you would wish to be in, you would be able to redeem your data through payment of a ransom. But, this is not the only thing that you need to consider. The damage may have already been done to your customer response times, computer networks and balance sheets. Could you redeem your reputation as a business as quickly as a Bitcoin transaction?
“Ransomware causes the NHS to come to a standstill as the attack results in 7000 NHS appointments being cancelled.”
Now imagine your organisation’s name in the title. And it’s not just organisations; The city of Atlanta was brought to a standstill in March due to a similar attack.
I was at a customer site recently, discussing their current data protection strategy, when their lead architect stuck his head around the door and asked whether they were encrypting data at rest, and if not, why not?
IBM have been dropping hints for some time now that they have a new product, specifically aimed at recapturing some of that virtual machine backup market. Sure, with Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments, IBM have a compelling product with state of the art support for virtualised environments, particularly those using vSphere.
Server virtualisation has disrupted the traditional models of data protection by allowing new vendors to challenge the traditional dominance of IBM, EMC and Veritas. The role of data backup and recovery is increasingly been performed directly by the VMware administrator, using point solutions which have been designed around them, for ease of use and performance.
You may remember my recent piece discussing how you can use IBM Spectrum Protect’s new Stgpool Conversion tool to extract longer life out of your legacy storage. If you don’t remember it, then I recommend you go here to see what the fuss is about.
Following on from this, I retired to the laboratory, rearranged the test tubes, and set to thinking about what new features of Spectrum Protect I should delve into next.
In Spectrum Protect v 7.1.3 a new type of storage pool called Container Pools was introduced. These pools are specifically designed for data deduplication, which can be either deduplicated at source (client) or inline during the server ingest phase.