IBM Safeguarded Copy

Safeguarded copy provides secure, point-intime copies of production data that can later be used to repair or replace data that has been compromised by a cyberattack or an internal error.

Protect Your Business From The Effects Of A Cyberattack With Safeguarded Copy

Organizations affected by a breach run the risk of having their normal business operations disrupted, as well as losing valuable data, customers and reputation within their industry. Over the last decades, most organizations have concentrated on developing and implementing high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) solutions to protect their enterprise data against hardware and software failures or data center outages, but these measures may no longer be enough protection against cyberattacks. Today, companies become increasingly concerned about accidental or intentional logical corruption.

Safeguarded copy provides secure, point-intime copies of production data that can later be used for identification, repair or replacement of data that has been compromised by either cyber or internal attack, or corrupted by system failures or human error.

IBM Safeguarded Copy Demonstration And Overview

Chilli IT Discuss Their First Impressions Of IBM Safeguarded Copy

Access and Setup

The new Safeguarded Copy solution is available with IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.4.2 software on the IBM FlashSystem family and SAN Volume Controller storage systems. 

In addition to IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.4.2, the IBM Copy Services Manager (CSM) is a requirement. The CSM provides configuration, management, and monitoring of Safeguarded Copy volumes. The CSM setup is made simple via a .exe on a Windows Server or a Linux deployment option.

To connect IBM Spectrum Virtualize and the CSM, the storage administrator must add the CSM IP address as a target within the Spectrum Virtualize GUI. Overall, making the connectivity between both systems quick and easy. Following the requirements and initial configuration, IBM Safeguarded Copy is ready to use.

How it works

Safeguarded Copy leverages the IBM Spectrum Virtualize feature, FlashCopy. Via the Copy Services Manager, a backup policy schedule manages periodic FlashCopy snapshots. These are FlashCopy snapshots with a spin – they are immutable. A Safeguarded Copy backup secures data to prevent it from being compromised, either accidentally or deliberately. A backup volume cannot be mounted to a target host and it cannot be deleted without the correct access permissions. To restore or recover from the backup volume an additional volume copy is created with a new UID. This keeps the backup volume untouched and secure.

Local Immutable Backups

A Safeguarded Copy backup is created and stored on the IBM FlashSystem. Due to the backup locality on the FlashSystem, a quick RTO/RPO timescale can be achieved when critically restoring or recovering volumes. Leveraging the FlashCopy functionality means immutable backups do not need to be sent offsite or to cold storage.

Test Safeguarded Copy In Our Proof Of Concept Facility

Chilli IT has a long history of investing in our proof of concept facility. We are strong believers in putting the latest technology through a rigorous testing process. This allows us to brief our customers on our initial findings and add confidence to their acquisition of new product and technologies.

We believe that Chilli IT are currently the partner with the most experience of IBM Safeguarded copy in the UK and we would be happy to show you this technology for free in our demo facilities in Chester or through a Webex. 

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