Beating Ransomware Requires Lowering RPO, RTO AND TCO

Backup is the last line of defense when an organization is hit with a ransomware attack, making it a prime target.

An effective ransomware recovery strategy first requires frequent backups to lower recovery point objectives.

Those backups then need to be stored in an immutable state so that ransomware can’t infect them.

Next data needs to quickly be positioned for recovery. It has to be faster and easier to recover than paying the ransom. Finally, the backup storage solution needs to store data cost-effectively for decades.

“StorONE developed the Enterprise Storage Platform with the vision to offer the best RPO, RTO, and TCO” said Gal Naor, StorONE’s CEO, “S1:Backup is the first backup storage on the market to integrate a flash-tier and a hard-disk tier to provide the lowest possible RPO and RTOs while providing the safe, affordable long-term retention of data.”

Most Flexible Ransomware Resiliency

If they offer it, legacy solutions force customers to use S3 for immutability. S1:Backup delivers immutability across all its protocols, including NFS, SMB, S3, iSCSI, Fibre Channel, and NVMe-oF.  S1:Backup delivers 100% ransomware resiliency:

  • Captures every backup job into an immutable state
  • Retain immutable copies indefinitely without impacting performance
  • If attacked by malware, rollback to a 30-second old immutable copy

Lowest Possible Recovery Point Objectives

Capabilities like block-level incremental (change block tracking) backups enable customers to reduce their exposure to a ransomware attack or other failure. However, a high frequency of backup jobs puts too much strain on hard-drive only backup storage technology, and All-Flash backup storage is too expensive for the use case.

S1:Backup solves the problem by auto-tiering between a generous flash tier and up to a 15PB hard-disk tier to deliver:

•       Supports hundreds of simultaneous backup jobs per hour for low RPO 

•       The lowest possible backup costs thanks to maximum performance from a small number of flash drives and 90% utilization of high-density hard disk drives

Safest, Most Cost-Effective Long-Term Data Retention

Modern backup software supports decade-plus data retention, but modern backup storage can’t scale to meet this capability. The lack of scale forces customers to add yet another storage silo, an archive.

S1:Backup delivers built to last backup storage supporting the highest-density hard disk drives (HDD) without compromising availability. It can scale to 15+PBs in a single cluster for long-term data retention while delivering high-performance backup and recovery.

S1:Backup provides genuine support of high-density HDD:

•       Fastest RAID rebuilds, recovering from 18TB drive failure in two hours (competing solutions take days)

•       Unique bit-error-rot protection, critical for long-term retention

•       Ultimate flexibility, mix new drive densities without creating new volumes or reconfiguring backup jobs

Elevates Instant-Recovery to Instant-Production

Modern backup-server software’s instant or live recovery features provide a dramatic reduction in recovery times. The problem is that the overhead of legacy backup-storage software makes the performance of that instantly recovered VM or application unusable and risky. 

S1:Backup is the first backup storage solution that can be standby-production storage. IT can now take the time required to investigate the ransomware attack, software bug, or hardware failure that instigated recovery without impacting users or applications.

S1:Backup is the first to deliver a production-class experience:

•       Highly-Available backup cluster

•       Supports FC, iSCSI, NVMe-oF, NFS, SMB and S3 protocols

•       Enterprise-class performance and features

•       At backup storage prices!

S1:Backup is the first backup storage solution designed to complement modern backup storage software, delivering complete ransomware protection and recovery while extending the value of the backup storage investment and dramatically lowering the upfront and long-term costs of storage.

Learn More About S1:Backup:


•       Register for our live webinar “The 3 Backup Vulnerabilities to Ransomware and How to Eliminate Them” Live on November 18th.

•       Download our white paper “Modernizing Backup Infrastructures.”

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