Regardless of the caliber of your enterprise storage and object storage solutions, actively ensuring proactive and automatic backup that frees up staff time to work on other projects is a must. You need backups that are completed on time and restore efforts that do not fail. Defenses and good offenses need to be in place to counter increasingly sophisticated ransomware threats, cloud capacity and mobility challenges, remote work concerns, and overall world economic factors.
In a nutshell: Data protection needs to be a priority. It is not a matter of if but when your company will be the target of threats and attacks. A multilayer cybersecurity approach — from rolebased identifiers (RBAC) for validation to server hardening and immutability — is essential. Robust backup and recovery protection is your last line of defense and that is precisely what Hitachi Vantara and Veeam deliver.
Virtualized Environments Need More Than Traditional Backup
Hybrid cloud, highly virtualized environments are not well served by traditional backup tools. With data arriving from all directions from myriad workloads on new applications, server sprawl is inevitable. Resulting challenges include unreliable backups, sluggish recovery, inability to scale and meet compliance requirements, loss of productivity and stymied business growth.
To meet these challenges, Hitachi Vantara and Veeam have built a joint solution on highperformance Hitachi’s block storage and object storage capacity tiers with reliable data protection designed for virtualized environments. This approach simplifies IT, reduces costs, mitigates risk, and delivers increased return on investment by providing the following capabilities:
Three technologies together to deliver the security you need for your enterprise operations.
The Veeam-Ready — Repository solution uses Hitachi Storage Plug-in for Veeam Backup & Replication to accelerate backup and recovery while directly integrating the Veeam Backup & Replication software with Virtual Storage Platform for flexibility and efficient snapshot and recovery services (see Figure 2). This solution performs backup, restore, and replication operations for VMware vSphere and other virtual environments, with support for multi-data-center environments that use snapshots in either Global-Active Device (GAD) based configurations, or non Global-Active Device based configurations.
If there is concern about latency on applications or hosts when Veeam is using internal software snapshots, there is a second approach to accelerating backup and recovery. Using the write once, read many (WORM) feature on Virtual Storage Platform enables packet-level rather than objectlevel snapshots. These hardware-based snapshots do not impact the host (see Figure 3).
Whether HIPAA, GDPR, SEC 17a, or other mandates, compliance presents some of the most difficult challenges in today’s virtual, cloud-based environments. By bringing Veeam capabilities to Hitachi Content Platform for scale, however, issues around file retention and file version level locking are mitigated. This Veeam-Ready — Object With Immutability solution unites Hitachi Content Platform for scale and Veeam Backup & Replication to provide immutable backup. The solution enables cloudscale object lock via S3-compatible APIs (see Figure 4).
Traditional storage, flash arrays, and hyperconverged infrastructures are all driving exponential on-premises capacity growth. Bringing Hitachi Content Platform for cloud scale to the solution provides a high-throughput, low latency repository via S3 protocol. Working with Hitachi and Veeam, you can size Hitachi Content Platform for cloud scale nodes based on your source data, IOPS, and background operations to meet your specific service level objectives (Figure 5).
Use of ransomware, the malicious software or malware that can encrypt your company’s information, rendering it unusable for a period of time or forever, is on a growth tangent among the criminally minded. In fact, ransom demands jumped 144% in 20211. Whether email phishing or exploiting remote desktop protocol or general software vulnerabilities, the intent of the cybercriminal is the same: Immobilize and hold your business hostage until ransom is paid. To thwart these cyberattacks, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) advocates such protections as antimalware and immutability — “hardening” across the enterprise to reduce areas or vectors of vulnerability (see Figure 6). In keeping with NIST recommendations, Hitachi and Veeam provide solutions that guard against ransomware attacks via policy-driven backup and deliver multilayered authentication and locked objects protection.
Data protection and defense against ransomware using Hitachi storage and Veeam technologies takes this proven approach:
Hitachi and Veeam Product Integration
Through Hitachi Storage Plug-in for Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam capabilities can be leveraged on:
The joint solution of Veeam Backup & Restore in your Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform and Hitachi Content Platform environment brings you:
Rely on Hitachi storage and Veeam Backup and Recovery to answer the challenges of unstructured data growth and application proliferation, and bring you modernized data protection for your virtualized, multicloud environment.
Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., guides our customers from what’s now to what’s next by solving their digital challenges. Working alongside each customer, we apply our unmatched industrial and digital capabilities to their data and applications to benefit both business and society. More than 80% of the Fortune 100 trust Hitachi Vantara to help them develop new revenue streams, unlock competitive advantages, lower costs, enhance customer experiences, and deliver social and environmental value. Visit us at hitachivantara.com.
Veeam is the leader in backup, recovery and data management solutions that deliver Modern Data Protection. We provide a single platform for Cloud, Virtual, Physical, SaaS and Kubernetes environments. Our customers are confident their apps and data are protected from ransomware, disaster and harmful actors and are always available with the most simple, flexible, reliable, and powerful platform in the industry. Visit Veeam at veeam.com.
By Hitachi Vantara
Global Alliance Manager, Hitachi Vantara
Leading Global Strategic Alliances and Partners
Product Manager, Hitachi Content Solutions
Strategic focus on Data Protection and Ready ISV Partners
Hitachi Vantara solves digital challenges by guiding you from what’s now to what’s next. Our unmatched industrial and digital capabilities benefit both business and society.