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NetBackup 9.1 protects containers from ransomware

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Veritas Technologies' NetBackup backup software now incorporates ransomware protection for containerised environments, immutability for Amazon S3, and integrated anomaly detection.

Native protection for Kubernetes environments in NetBackup is said to ensure complete protection and flexible recovery options, with support for Red Hat OpenShift, VMware Tanzu and Google Kubernetes Engine, with more to follow.

The new version also provides continuous data protection and instant rollback for VMware, so recovery from ransomware and other events takes minutes rather than hours.

Other ransomware-related features include the automatic provisioning/de-provisioning of cloud resources to ensure backups do not fail due to insufficient resources, simplified cloud operations thanks to policy-based workload protection, and 20% faster data movement to the cloud.

NetBackup 9.1 also provides new encryption across all data transports including replication, backup and recovery and
deduplication.

On VMware, NetBackup helps improve resilience by defining and automatically executing multiple service level objectives, including the recovery technique (such as recover from backup or recovery from replication) and data to be recovered, on a per-application basis.

"VMware is helping enterprises use containers and Kubernetes in production – working to simplify access to and adoption of these technologies through the VMware Tanzu portfolio. To move with confidence, these enterprises need to enable data protection across their Kubernetes footprint. For that reason, we're excited to see Veritas' support of VMware Tanzu as part of the NetBackup platform," said VMware vice president for strategic and emerging ISVs Pat Lee.

This capability will be extended to non-VMware workloads in a future release.

NetBackup also incorporates machine learning-driven anomaly detection, and extends WORM storage support to AWS S3 to support compliance measures and to fully protect against ransomware.

For edge to data centre protection, the NetBackup Flex 5350 appliance delivers 300% improved backup performance, 40% lower total cost of ownership, twice the performance and twice the capacity of its closest competitor, according to Veritas, and completes the company's upgraded family of ransomware-hardened data protection appliances.

"Given the digitalisation of services, hybrid working environments and increase in ransomware attacks targeting Australian organisations and mission critical infrastructure like healthcare and utilities, our latest NetBackup solution represents a significant development in Veritas' leadership of backup and recovery solutions by further protecting customers against increasingly prevalent malicious threats such as ransomware, irrespective of where their data resides: cloud, in containers or on-premises," said Veritas Asia South and Pacific director of strategy and architecture Geoffrey Coley.


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