IBM Targets Ransomware and Cyberattacks with Next-Gen Flash Storage Offerings

IBM recently unveiled IBM FlashSystem Cyber Vault to help companies better detect and recover quickly from ransomware and other cyberattacks. The company also announced new FlashSystem storage models—based on IBM Spectrum Virtualize to provide a single and consistent operating environment—that are designed to increase cyber resilience and application performance within a hybrid cloud environment.

According to the “IBM Cyber Resilient Organization” study, 46% of respondents have experienced a ransomware attack over the past 2 years. With cyberattacks continuing to grow, and with average recovery time lasting days or even weeks, business and reputational risks are unprecedented. Even with prevention and detection tactics in place, organizations also must be ready to recover their operations quickly to minimize loss of business and other costs.

By actively monitoring data in real-time, FlashSystem Cyber Vault is designed to accelerate ransomware recovery based on validated restore points, allowing organizations to more rapidly recover a clean copy of their data.

"As companies are under increasing security threats, they must anticipate and prepare for cyber-attacks in addition to maximizing business agility of day-to-day operations," said Denis Kennelly, General Manager, IBM Storage. "IBM FlashSystem Cyber Vault and our most advanced FlashSystem storage are specifically designed to address the performance and security levels that our hybrid cloud clients demand."

According to IBM, in the face of today's security challenges, organizations are opting for a comprehensive approach to cyber resiliency, implementing solutions to both prevent and recover from cyber-attacks.

The IBM FlashSystem Cyber Vault solution, which complements IBM Safeguarded Copy for IBM FlashSystem arrays, automatically scans the copies created regularly by Safeguarded Copy looking for signs of data corruption introduced by malware or ransomware. This scan serves two purposes. It can help identify a classic ransomware attack rapidly once it has started. And it is designed to help identify which data copies have not been affected by an attack. Armed with this information, customers are positioned to more quickly identify that an attack is underway and to identify and recover a clean copy of their data more rapidly.

IBM FlashSystem delivers scalable performance and capacity (1PBe per rack unit) addressing the performance demands of critical and operational workloads without compromising their efficiency goals. Designed on a single architecture with a common operating environment, IBM FlashSystem provides customers with a hybrid cloud Storage platform from edge-to-core-to-cloud(s).

With the dual multi-core controller and computational storage architecture of the IBM FlashSystem portfolio, IBM says it is pushing the limits of throughput and latency, while delivering enterprise-class resiliency for critical and operational workloads.

IBM Storage Expert Care offers additional optimized, flexible services for maintaining IBM FlashSystem. Clients can choose from Basic, Advanced, or Premium level support on the IBM FlashSystem 7300 or 9500 at time of sale, which helps reduce the threat of outages and optimizing IT infrastructure while keeping IT staff focused on mission critical goals.  

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