PowerProtect Cyber Recovery – Abilities and Improvements in the Cloud
Mon, 20 Jun 2022 19:01:06 -0000|
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As part of organizations’ cloud journey, their presence in the cloud is increasing and they are running their development and production environment, or some of it, in the cloud.
Although running in the cloud has its own benefits, the need for cyber recovery abilities doesn’t change from on-premises to cloud, because the dangers remain the same.
Organizations understand the benefits and contributions of a working cyber recovery solution. And PowerProtect Cyber Recovery provides them exactly that, and it’s already supported on AWS.
The design is simple – organizations run their Cyber Recovery vault on their AWS cloud account. Their production site is also in the cloud. The production and the vault can be deployed in different regions or even using different cloud accounts. (It is also possible to run the Cyber Recovery vault on the cloud in conjunction with an on-premises production environment, but this option is less recommended). The production data could be protected with PowerProtect Data Manager (for example) with PowerProtect DDVE and replicated to the vault DDVE.
Until the recent PowerProtect Cyber Recovery 19.11 release, these environments were missing an important component that completes the solution on the cloud – CyberSense.
CyberSense will soon be supported on AWS, so you will be able to deploy it as an EC2 instance and be able to analyze their copies.
New also to the PowerProtect Cyber Recovery 19.11 release is the ability to use the “Secure Copy Analyze” action, which saves you from having to run “Secure Copy” first, followed by “Analyze” on the copy itself after it’s created.
You can now simply select “Secure Copy Analyze” to combine both actions:
You can also change their two “Secure Copy” and “Analyze” schedules to a single “Secure Copy Analyze” schedule. This means that if you have multiple sites replicating to the vault or multiple policies, you’ll be able to reduce the number of schedules that you need to maintain.
These new features are exciting on their own, but why stop there?
PowerProtect Cyber Recovery 19.11 also allows you to deploy the Cyber Recovery solution on Azure! Here’s a simplified view:
In this figure, notice that the Cyber Recovery components are the same as those in the on-premises and on AWS deployments. The Cyber Recovery host and a PowerProtect DD system are on an isolated subnet, and the Jump host is on another isolated subnet providing access to the Cyber Recovery server and the DDVE. (CyberSense is not supported yet on Azure.)
Note: Deploying PowerProtect Cyber Recovery in the cloud must be performed by Dell Technologies Professional Services.
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Author: Eli Persin
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What I like most about PowerProtect Data Manager is that it supports the rising demand for data protection for all kind of organizations. It’s powerful, efficient, scalable and most importantly: a simple-to-use solution. And what could be simpler than using the same product with the same user interface on any environment, including any supported cloud platform?
PowerProtect Data Manager is usually used for deploying and protecting on-prem virtual machines running on VMware vSphere environments.
While PowerProtect Data Manager excels in protecting any on-prem machines and different types of technologies, such as Kubernetes, some organizations also have a cloud strategy where some or all their workloads and services are running on the cloud.
There are also organizations that use multiple cloud platforms to host and manage their workloads, and these resources need to be protected as well, especially in the cloud where there could be additional risk management and security considerations.
The good news is that PowerProtect Data Manager provides cloud and backup admins the same abilities and interface across all the supported cloud platforms: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
AWS users can use the AWS Marketplace to deploy “Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager and PowerProtect DD Virtual Edition” which will trigger an automated deployment using the AWS CloudFormation service.
In this deployment method you’re asked to provide all the networking and security details ahead, and then it does everything else for you, including deploying a DDVE instance that will manage the backup copies for you (with deduplication!).
Once the CloudFormation stack is deployed, you can access the PowerProtect Data Manager through any web browser, and then add and protect your cloud resources, just as if it were an on-prem deployment – super intuitive and super easy!!
I think the trickiest part in the deployment is probably to make sure that all of the networking and firewall or other security and policy restrictions allow you to connect to the PowerProtect Data Manager VM and to the DDVE.
Check out this great whitepaper that describes the entire process of deploying PowerProtect Data Manager on AWS.
For Microsoft Azure users, the process here is similar. You can deploy PowerProtect Data Manager using the Azure Marketplace service:
This whitepaper will take you through the exact steps required to successfully deploy PowerProtect Data Manager and PowerProtect DDVE on your Azure subscription.
Didn’t I say it’s really easy and works the same way in all the cloud platforms?
GCP users can use the GCP Marketplace to deploy their PowerProtect Data Manager:
This whitepaper describes the entire deployment process with detailed screenshots on GCP.
Now you can easily protect your multi-cloud resources with the same powerful protection solution!
Author: Eli Persin
How Dell Technologies Simplifies Data Protection
Thu, 04 Aug 2022 19:31:34 -0000|
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As we are moving to the era of digitalization, more data is vulnerable to corruption, compromise, and loss. As a result, organizations are focusing on data protection strategies to improve security and data integrity. The key principle of data protection is to safeguard and make data available under all circumstances. Dell Technologies offers a variety of data protection products to make sure that data is secure and readily available. In this blog I’ll be covering a few of the outstanding data protection products that Dell provides.
Data protection and backup solutions
As organizations are redistributing and extending their data to the cloud or to multiple clouds, protecting that data becomes critical. By implementing a multi-cloud data protection solution, users and developers can avoid cloud vendor lock-in by keeping data independent of the cloud, to reduce worry about high egress charges, migration risk, or time required to move data. Multi-Cloud Data Services for Dell PowerProtect, enabled by Faction, supports a data centric approach for users, allowing them to separate their data and cloud management strategies across public cloud providers. Multi-Cloud Data Services for Dell PowerProtect is a fully managed service that provides a single target for backup and recovery for AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and Oracle Cloud.
Data protection solutions from Dell Technologies gives customers the power to confidently plan their modern data protection strategies through constant innovation, agile engineering, and tight integration with VMware - all at a lower cost of ownership (TCO). Dell offers protection solutions for VMs, applications, and Kubernetes for a single platform for containerized products and workloads. The solution simplifies deployment and management of VMware workloads on-premises or in one or more public clouds.
Dell PowerProtect Cyber Recovery
PowerProtect Cyber Recovery provides proven, modern, and intelligent protection to isolate critical data, identify suspicious activity, and accelerate data recovery, allowing you to resume normal business operations with confidence in case of a cyberattack. Critical data is stored immutably in a hardened vault, enabling recovery with assured data availability, integrity, and confidentiality. CyberSense is the analytics engine that is integrated with Cyber Recovery to help find data corruption when an attack penetrates the data center. CyberSense enables confident recovery of good data and offers insight into attack vectors from within the Cyber Recovery vault.
Data protection and backup appliances
Dell PowerProtect DD series appliances
DD series is our purpose built backup target appliance. The DD operating system (DDOS) provides inline deduplication for data protection and disaster recovery (DR) in the environment. DDOS is the intelligence that powers DD series and PowerProtect systems. It provides the agility, security, and reliability that enables the platform to deliver scalable, high-speed and cloud-enabled protection storage for backup and archive. DD series appliances vary in storage capacity and data throughput. PowerProtect DD Virtual Edition (DDVE) is the software-defined version of the DD series: a virtual deduplication appliance that provides data protection for small-to-medium sized business, enterprise and service provider environments both on-prem and in-cloud.
Dell PowerProtect DP series appliances
DP series is an integrated appliance solution thatprovides complete backup, replication, recovery, deduplication, instant access and restore, search & analytics, seamless VMware integration — plus, cloud readiness with disaster recovery (DR) and long-term retention (LTR) to the cloud — all in a single appliance. With the DP series, customers reduce their time-to-protect and become more agile with a reliable solution that’s fast, protected more efficiently, and can be recovered quickly.
Data protection and backup software
Dell Data Protection Suite
Dell PowerProtect Data Manager
PowerProtect Data Manager software protects data and delivers governance control for modern cloud workloads across your evolving physical, virtual, and cloud environments. Address ever-changing growth and IT complexity by leveraging Dell software defined data protection platforms. PowerProtect Data Manager delivers next generation data protection that enables faster IT transformation, while giving you the assurance that you can easily safeguard and quickly unlock your data’s value. This software-defined solution includes self-service protection, centralized governance, and SaaS-based reporting and monitoring.
Avamar is backup and recovery software that provides integrated data deduplication technology. Avamar solves the challenges that are associated with traditional data protection, enabling fast and reliable backup and recovery for remote offices, VMware environments, DD series and Cloud Tier, and data center LANs. Unlike traditional solutions, Avamar reduces the size of backup data at the source—before it transfers across the network and stores to disk. As a result, Avamar delivers fast, efficient daily full backups despite slow or congested infrastructure, and data encryption for added security.
Avamar is available as a virtual edition or as a component of Data Protection Suite, which offers you a complete suite of data protection software options.
NetWorker software provides unified backup and recovery of enterprise applications and databases. With centralized administration, NetWorker helps you take advantage of the data protection that fits your needs best: deduplication, backup to disk and tape, snapshots, replication, and NAS. NetWorker protects both physical and virtual environments including VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V. It provides the same enterprise-level experience, whether you are protecting data and applications within the data center or in the public cloud.
NetWorker is available as virtual edition (NVE) or as a component of the Data Protection Suite, which offers you a complete suite of data protection software options.
Dell Data Protection Advisor
Data Protection Advisor allows you to unify and automate monitoring, alerting, and reporting across your data protection software and storage environments, including on-premises and cloud. Data Protection Advisor enables you to make informed decisions faster, to increase efficiency.
Dell RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines
RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines enables quick recovery of VMware virtual machines to any point in time. RecoverPoint for VMs provides continuous data protection (CDP) for operational recovery and disaster recovery. It is hypervisor-based, software-only data replication that integrates with VMware vCenter.
Dell APEX Backup Services
APEX Backup Services is a cloud-based data protection solution that ensures predictable, controllable costs without increasing complexity. It deploys in minutes and provides unlimited on-demand scaling to ensure that growing data volumes are always protected. An intuitive web-based experience provides centralized visibility and management across workloads and users, to ensure that your data is always protected.
With changing times, data protection solutions provided by Dell have also changed, and for the better. The variety of data protection products provided by Dell Technologies makes sure that data is easy to access, readily available, secured, and uncorrupted.
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Author: Charu, Engineering Technologist 2