A recent ransomware attack on professional services firm Accenture is notable not only because hackers successfully breached a billion-dollar tech services company, but also because the LockBit ransomware group took credit for the attack.

LockBit has been around since 2019, and two years is comparatively old for ransomware. However, recent posts on underground hacker forums indicate that LockBit has undergone some changes and is now one of the fastest file-encrypting ransomware strains out there.

LockBit is just one of several ransomware groups making headlines. Since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, ransomware attacks have been steadily increasing both in frequency and in severity. To make matters worse, today’s complex IT infrastructures make it exponentially harder to protect your systems, networks, and data from cyberattacks and other unplanned disruptions.

The COVID-19 crisis and the need for IT teams to manage and support workloads on-premises and in the cloud accelerated adoption of hyperconverged infrastructures. Although this has helped IT teams implement virtual desktop technology and maintain critical workflows, enabling hybrid cloud has expanded organizations’ already-broad attack surfaces even further.

Hyperconverged Data Protection from Arcserve, Nutanix, and Sophos

Hyperconverged infrastructures (HCI) have a lot of moving parts to protect from cyberthreats, technical failures, and even human error. To ensure your organization’s mission-critical systems and data are secure, you need a hyperconverged data protection solution that combines orchestrated recovery with seamless scale-out and state-of-the-art ransomware protection.

Arcserve N Series appliances comprise Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP); Nutanix Mine platform, which leverages the core Nutanix HCI software; and Sophos Intercept X Advanced for Server. Together, they provide an all-in-one solution that extends the benefits of HCI, including scale-out capacity, performance, and high availability for data protection environments.

Arcserve N Series appliances are designed to protect all of your workloads by combining robust security controls, ransomware detection, and data protection to ensure a complete defense across private cloud, public cloud, and SaaS-based workloads.  

Add the optional Arcserve OneXafe immutable storage or AWS S3 object lock storage, and a copy of your backed up data is isolated from your production environment for maximum security and recovery capabilities.

Other Arcserve N Series appliance features include: 

  • A unified management console to manage and provision all backup and disaster recovery services for physical, virtual, and cloud workloads
  • Protection for physical Windows and Linux hosts, Nutanix AHV, Nutanix Files, VMware and Hyper-V workloads, AWS EC2, and Azure VM from a single user interface
  • SLA reporting; built-in, fully automated non-disruptive recovery testing; and support for tiering to disk, tape, and cloud storage, as well as cross-hypervisor recovery and flexible licensing

The HCI Data Protection Trifecta

Arcserve N Series appliances provide data center protection and recovery capabilities with a single, purpose-built solution that optimizes performance while eliminating complexity and cost of management to deliver exceptional ROI.

This turnkey HCI data protection solution delivers on the three core objectives embraced by Arcserve, Nutanix, and Sophos: simplicity, scalability, and security. 

Simplicity

Arcserve N Series appliances provide a single pane of glass to monitor all of your backup and disaster recovery services, including physical, virtual, and cloud workloads via Nutanix Mine.

Scalability

The hyperconverged Nutanix infrastructure delivers high performance and flexible scale-out storage to add capacity and compute on the fly. This eliminates the need to overprovision for potential future capacity and allows for rapid recovery of systems and data.

Security

Ease of recovery is melded with market-leading Sophos cybersecurity for protection that combines signature-based and signatureless malware detection, a deep learning neural network, and anti-exploit and anti-ransomware technologies to stop the widest range of endpoint threats.

Prasad Athawale, VP of Business Development at Nutanix, described Arcserve’s solution this way: “The combination of our industry-leading hyperconverged infrastructure with cutting-edge cybersecurity and trusted backup and disaster recovery in a simple cloud-scale data protection turnkey appliance is an extremely powerful solution.” 

Arcserve N Series appliances deliver simplicity, resilience, and peace of mind to enterprises struggling to secure their hybrid cloud environments in today's rapidly evolving threat landscape. Contact us to learn more.

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