In today’s IT environments, the constant threat of malware and ransomware necessitates  that businesses must be prepared with offline copies of data, beyond the reach of attack. Recovering an offline copy can take hours, maybe days and it could be hours out of date, dependent on your policies.

IBM Safeguard

With Safeguard copy on the Storewize/FlashSystem products, customers can keep regular copies, on tier one storage, protected from accidental or malicious corruption. Consequently, they provide IBM V7000, V5000, FlashSystem and SVC environments with a safe copy readily and quickly recoverable on their Tier1 storage. Thus, saving time and protecting your business from this growing concern.

If combined with the QRadar threat detection solution, QRadar can be configured to invoke SGC at the 1st sign of an intrusion, providing the most up to date ‘safe’ copy as possible.

Safeguarded Copy is included FOC on the latest Storewize base code – which of course is excellent news for existing customers.

Things to consider

  1. Not all Storewize products will be able to upgrade to code levels that support SGC.
  2. There may be some software pre-reqs to schedule and manage the copies, which you may not have as part of your bundle
  3. You will need to be mindful of the additional data space and the additional IO requirements – even though these are space efficient copies.

Applied believe all clients should endeavor to utilize this excellent protection as soon as possible, and we will be glad to discuss your environment and provide advice. Get in touch today!


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