IBM FlashSystem 5045 Key Features

The IBM FlashSystem 5045, with its innovative features and robust security measures, has set a new standard for safeguarding data. The IBM FlashSystem 5045 delivers six key aspects of this remarkable storage system, each contributing to its unparalleled data security.

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Safeguarded Copy

IBM Safeguarded Copy is an innovative technology designed to ensure the protection and availability of critical data. It allows users to create snapshots of their data, which are space-efficient, point-in-time copies of data stored on the latest generation of IBM FlashSystem. These snapshots serve as a safeguard against data loss or corruption, as they capture a moment in time when your data is in a consistent state. The Key Benefits of IBM Safeguarded Copy include:

Data Recovery:
The primary purpose of Safeguarded Copy is to provide a way to recover data in the event of data corruption or accidental deletion. By maintaining snapshots, you have a reliable fallback option to restore your data to a previous state.

In the unfortunate event of a ransomware attack, an organisation can use Safeguarded Copy snapshots to recover their data. Since these snapshots are unaltered by the attack, they serve as a backup that can be used to restore the affected data to a pre-attack state. This significantly reduces the impact of the attack and minimizes downtime.

Minimal Impact on Storage:
Safeguarded Copy snapshots are space-efficient, meaning they don’t consume excessive storage space. This is crucial for businesses with limited storage resources, as it allows them to keep multiple snapshots without a significant impact on overall storage capacity.

Quick Restoration:
When data loss occurs, the ability to quickly restore to a previous point in time is invaluable. IBM Safeguarded Copy allows for rapid restoration, reducing downtime and minimising the impact on business operations. Additionally, with the ability to take frequent snapshots, the potential data loss in the event of a ransomware attack is minimized. Even if an attack goes undetected for some time, you can still revert to a snapshot taken before the attack occurred, thus ensuring minimal data loss.

Enhanced Data Protection:
Data protection is an integral part of a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy. Safeguarded Copy acts as a layer of security against data tampering and ensures that critical data remains intact.

Audit Trail:
With Safeguarded Copy, you have a clear historical record of data changes. This can be valuable for compliance purposes and forensic analysis, helping businesses track who made changes to the data and when. Safeguarded Copy provides an added layer of security by preserving the integrity of your data. It acts as a shield against ransomware because the snapshots are not directly accessible by ransomware attackers. This ensures that the original data remains unharmed, and attackers cannot tamper with the snapshots.

Simplified Data Management:
Managing data backups and recovery processes can be complex. Safeguarded Copy simplifies data management by offering an efficient and user-friendly way to protect and restore data.

IBM Safeguarded Copy in operation:
IBM Safeguarded Copy uses a unique and efficient approach to creating snapshots. When a snapshot is taken, only the changed data blocks are saved, rather than duplicating the entire dataset. This approach reduces the storage overhead and ensures that snapshots can be created frequently without significant impact on the system’s performance.

Safeguarded Copy also uses a copy-on-write mechanism, meaning that when data changes, the original data is preserved in its current state, and the changes are written to a new location. This method ensures that the original snapshot remains consistent, providing a reliable point of recovery. Right now, Covenco is able to offer an IBM Safeguarded Copy Readiness Assessment & Implementation Service.

Two-Person Integrity

Two-Person Integrity is a concept that promotes collaboration and shared responsibility. With IBM FlashSystem 5045, critical operations require authorization from two designated individuals, reducing the risk of unauthorized access or alterations. This added layer of security ensures that no single person can compromise your data.

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA)

Multi-factor authentication is a fundamental component of data security. IBM FlashSystem 5045 supports MFA, requiring users to provide at least two forms of identification before gaining access. This extra authentication layer significantly enhances the system’s resistance to unauthorized access.

Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

IBM FlashSystem 5045 implements Role-Based Access Control, allowing administrators to assign specific roles and permissions to users. By tailoring access rights, you can ensure that employees only access the data they need to perform their job, reducing the risk of data exposure and breaches.

Ultra-Available and Secure

This storage system offers high availability and security, with features like redundant components, continuous health monitoring, and automated failover mechanisms. Data is always accessible while maintaining the highest level of security, even in the face of hardware failures.

In-Line Threat Detection

In today’s evolving threat landscape, proactive measures are crucial. The IBM FlashSystem 5045 incorporates in-line threat detection, capable of identifying and mitigating potential security risks in real-time. This feature ensures that data remains safe from emerging threats, making it an excellent choice for enterprises looking to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals.

Covenco customers can request a free trial of the latest IBM FlashSystem 5045. We also provide an on-site loan machine backed by IBM, so customers can see their own data running on the system and get a full understanding of its capabilities.

Additionally, Covenco can help with storage monitoring with Storage Insights Pro. Click here for more information and a free proposal.

Finally, any customers can also take advantage of our free consulting days offer, so you can fully evaluate your storage upgrade project.

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