Nick Connolly

Software-Defined Storage Pioneer Awarded Patent for Its Data Protection Architecture

DataCore has recently been awarded a patent for stream architecture for data representation which enables unique capabilities in our software-defined storage (SDS) and hyperconverged solutions, including continuous data protection (CDP), random write accelerator (RWA), and other technology within our enterprise data services.

With more than 20 patents awarded, and more in the pipeline, this is a testament to our company’s authority in the SDS space as well as longstanding and innovative technology development efforts. A key technology covered by the patent is continuous data protection, used to protect and recover corrupted data when disruptive events occur. This allows IT to go back instantly to any point in history, providing ideal protection against growing threats such as ransomware.

CDP – A Key Component for Data Protection

CDP is becoming an increasingly important aspect of data protection strategy as ransomware continues to affect businesses and government entities on a larger scale. In fact, according to the recently released mid-year update of the 2018 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, the first half of 2018 has seen an alarming growth in the number of ransomware attacks—181.5 million attacks since January, a 229 percent year-over-year increase.

If ransomware breaks through a company’s defenses and is holding data hostage, recovery often requires a certain amount of downtime and logistics, not to mention a typically very high cost. Cybersecurity Ventures estimated ransomware damages totaled $5 billion in 2017 and predicts they will exceed $11.5 billion in 2019.

While enterprises recognize that they must incorporate a comprehensive backup and recovery strategy, they are finding that traditional backup software is becoming too complex, unreliable, and requires continuous oversight and management. SDS allows data to be copied synchronously and/or asynchronously to a mirror in the same data center, inside a metro cluster, to a remote location—which can be a completely different storage system than the primary, including hyper-converged, x86-based JBOD, cloud or other form of secondary storage. With continuous data protection, the system captures data changes in real-time, before they are written to disk. Once set up, it runs all of the time to avoid the hassles of nightly backups and more complex snapshot management.

The Ultimate Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Strategy

SDS that incorporates CDP can provide one of the most comprehensive recovery strategies in a ransomware attack or other disaster, as it enables a system to be restored on a continuous timeline into the past—meaning exactly the second before the ransomware hijacked it.

As an added advantage, in the event of failure in the primary system, SDS platforms such as DataCore complete an automatic, transparent re-direct of I/O traffic to the mirror. When the primary system comes back on line, it syncs the data and automatically falls back, with no IT intervention, in a way that is completely transparent to applications and users.

As a result, instead of paying a ransom, SDS with continuous data protection allows organizations to invest in the future.


But don’t just take our word for it regarding SDS!

Learn more about how to protect your data with SDS in this white paper, Top 3 Challenges Impacting Your Data and How to Solve Them and hear directly how Maimonides Medical Center uses SDS to ensure real-time data availability for life-critical healthcare applications.

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