Improving Data Resilience Across the Data Center

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We’re excited to announce we’ve extended the data-resilience capabilities of existing IBM data protection products and introduced new workload-specific solutions for SAP HANA and Salesforce.

IT leaders today confront challenges and opportunities very different from those they faced just five or ten years ago. Data volumes are exploding, knowledge workers often work remotely, cyber-attacks are proliferating and hybrid cloud has become the standard architecture.

For years, IBM Storage has provided clients with hardware, software and best practices to help them secure their data from an ever-evolving whirlwind of dangers, both external and internal. Today, we’re excited to expand those offerings with new data resilience products and enhancements to current products’ data protection capabilities.

The IBM Safeguarded Copy capability, which currently enables IBM FlashSystem and IBM DS8000 clients to create cyber-resilient immutable snapshots, is now becoming available to clients running IBM’s Spectrum Scale high-performance global data platform, bringing logical air-gapping to unstructured data sets. This solution provides organizations with a consistent approach to safeguarding data, regardless of where it’s located or how it scales up or out.

Complementing the comprehensive capabilities that IBM Spectrum Protect and IBM Spectrum Protect Plus bring to on-premises and cloud-based applications respectively, today we’re enhancing workload-specific data resilience with the announcement of IBM Sentinel for SAP HANA and IBM Spectrum Protect Plus Online Services for Salesforce.

Workload-specific data resilience

IBM Spectrum Sentinel for SAP HANA is an end-to-end automated cyber-resilience solution that performs ransomware anomaly analysis of immutable SAP HANA primary storage snapshots and provides automated recovery orchestration functions. Using the same technology as IBM Spectrum Sentinel for Epic, which we announced in June this year to improve data resilience for healthcare records, IBM Spectrum Sentinel for SAP HANA is designed to enhance protection for this popular in-memory enterprise database management system.

IBM Spectrum Sentinel for SAP HANA uses IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management to create immutable, application-aware Safeguarded Copy backups that it scans for malware, using machine learning to detect signs of possible corruption and generate forensic reports. IBM Spectrum Sentinel can intelligently isolate infected backups, helping your organization to identify the most recent verified and validated backup copies and accelerate time to recovery.

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus Online Services delivers a data backup and recovery solution that enables clients to easily backup and restore cloud-based SaaS workloads. We have seen that some IT organizations are only now realizing that they’re solely responsible for data protection for their SaaS workloads. Yet, many organizations consider SaaS workloads to be mission-critical. This solution helps address that problem with a combination of automatic daily backups, on-demand backups and comprehensive restore capabilities to keep their businesses moving forward.

Enhanced security and replication capabilities

Other parts of the IBM Storage portfolio have also been enhanced, including the following:

  • IBM FlashSystem storage arrays now feature policy-based replication capability and encryption on the wire for FlashSystem replication.
  • IBM Spectrum Protect and IBM Spectrum Protect Plus have new data security enhancements.
  • IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud on Azure 8 adds functionality for currency with IBM Spectrum Virtualize on FlashSystem and with IBM Spectrum Virtualize appliances, including support for the new policy-based asynchronous replication capability.

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At IBM Storage, we recognize that IT teams face new challenges in preventing data loss and responding rapidly and effectively in the event of a breach. We believe the new data-resilience capabilities we are announcing today can help clients achieve those objectives.

Learn more about IBM Spectrum Sentinel for SAP HANA and IBM Spectrum Protect Plus Online Services for Salesforce.

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