Category: Ransomware

We are pleased to announce the availability of Catalogic DPX 4.8.0, our next major release that enhances agentless backups for virtual environments, expands cloud archiving, and provides immutability for compliance and ransomware data protection. First, please note that DPX did not use an Apache log4j library with the remote code execution vulnerability. However, we have decided out of an abundance of caution, to remove log4j from the supported versions of DPX to eliminate any further vulnerabilities from this library. For more information, please see How to Remove the log4j Library from DPX.

Now let’s review the major new data protection features of DPX 4.8. Agentless or proxy-based backups continue to be the most popular choice for virtual environments, given they eliminate the need to install and maintain a backup agent on each virtual machine. In DPX 4.8, the agentless backup for virtual environments received numerous reliability and performance enhancements, including new customer requested features:

  • Single file recovery so admins can now restore specific files or directories from VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V agentless backups
  • Support for protecting data attached to SATA and NVMe controllers for VMware
  • Option to run only full backups of VDI VMs

DPX vStor is a software-defined backup appliance that provides do-it-yourself flexibility for customers and partners to build their own backup targets to meet performance and capacity requirements. vStor backup nodes can be deployed on bare metal servers or as virtual appliances, with choices of disk, tape or cloud object storage for long-term backup retention and ransomware protection. Enhancements to vStor in DPX 4.8 include

  • Software appliance configuration via the new HTML5 user interface of DPX
  • Replicate encrypted volumes to the secondary vStor appliances, management of replication bandwidth, and ability to prioritize volume replication
  • Amazon S3 Object Lock to set compliance and governance modes for cloud object storage. Once data is archived to the cloud, it cannot be modified or deleted, even by an administrator, protecting cloud backups against early deletion and providing an extra layer of protection against ransomware and data loss

 

DPX vStor supports a robust set of features for archiving backups to cloud object storage via the S3 object storage protocol. Cloud storage provides a cost-effective, long-term storage solution for data that must remain under a user’s control for compliance or data governance reasons. Besides the support for S3 Object Lock, vStor added more support for cloud storage targets:

  • Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage provides low-cost and high-speed cloud object storage with low data egress fees for storing DPX backups. Support for Backblaze B2 includes the ability to set S3 Object Lock modes and retention time
  • Amazon S3 Glacier and Glacier Deep Archive supports adds the ability to lower Amazon S3 storage costs for data protection if rapid access or recovery times or backup data are not as critical
  • S3 Object Lock for all cloud storage targets that support it, along with bandwidth throttling for cloud storage targets to limit or control the amount of bandwidth backups can use, typically during business hours or for slow links

The DPX 4.8 release also contains other enhancements and bug fixes of course. For further information on DPX 4.8 and earlier releases, see the What’s New in DPX 4.8.0 document and other resources on the DPX products page, and customers with support can access more detailed information of release notes on the Support page. Finally, you can view our on-demand webinar ─ Backup to Amazon S3 Glacier and Backblaze B2 with Ransomware Protection and More ─ that introduces DPX 4.8.

Whether it is ransomware attacks, human error or IT outages, every business needs an affordable and reliable data protection solution like Catalogic DPX to backup and instantly recover data to ensure business continuity. Have a question or want a live demo? Contact us today!

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01/12/2022 0 Comments

Ransomware is a growing threat that continues to wreak havoc within businesses as cybercriminals constantly innovate in terms of how they are executing attacks. One of the latest trends being seen is that attackers are proactively targeting and removing backup data. This is because if they encrypt or remove an organization’s backup data, then they have significantly enhanced the likelihood of the ransom being paid.

If backup data is one of the key targets, why do we see so many updates from backup and storage vendors on their ransomware protection?  It’s because we all see the impact ransomware is having and we want to put businesses in a position where they can quickly recover from an attack without paying the ransom.  Leaving your backup and storage infrastructure in the same security state as it was years ago means that you have a large attack surface with little likelihood that data recovery will be an option if you are hit with ransomware.

But if you want to continue partying like it’s 1999 and ignore the advice to modernize and secure your backup data and storage environments, go ahead. Just realize when the party is over and the lights come on, your job or your business may no longer exist.

For IT backup and storage administrators, here are some key basic security and data protection principles to implement a robust backup and recovery solution to ensure data is kept safe from ransomware:

  • Support for the 3-2-1-1 backup rule. 3-2-1-1 is a time-honoured strategy for data protection stating your business should have at least the following:
    • 3 copies of your data
    • 2 copies stored on different storage media types
    • 1 of the copies offsite or in the cloud on ideally immutable air-gapped or WORM media
    • 1 verified as recoverable
  • Instant recoverability from immutable snapshots
  • Granular point in time recovery with appropriate retention periods
  • Application-aware backups with verification
  • Real-time reporting to provide awareness ransomware could be present

If those basic security and data protection principles sound a tad overwhelming don’t worry, Catalogic has the people and software that can deliver a secure data protection solution with instant recoverability to ensure you can combat ransomware.

With Catalogic DPX you get:

  • Integrated ransomware protection – Backups are stored as immutable snapshots and can be air-gapped. DPX also provides real-time reporting to provide awareness ransomware could be present. We have some exciting enhancements coming with pro-active ransomware detection as we continue to push the boundaries to protect your data from ransomware
  • Support for the 3-2-1-1 rule – Provides a robust data protection solution with verified recovery
  • Secure data protection for all your key systems – Quick, reliable backup for physical and virtual environments covering a wide range of enterprise applications
  • Rapid recovery and DR – Restore your systems in an instant with our patented instant virtualization technology. DPX delivers fast, reliable, granular point in time recovery with multiple recovery options
  • Hardware independence – Because DPX is a fully software-defined backup solution, you get the choice in terms of the servers and storage used. Servers can be physical or virtual, and the storage just needs to be block storage
  • World-class support – The DPX support team is one of the best in the industry, with a standard customer satisfaction rating of over 95%
  • Cloud integration – Makes it simple to send backup data to cloud object storage and recover from this data when needed
  • Flexible and cost-effective licensing options – With subscription and perpetual options possible

We have recently published a detailed white paper: Ransomware – How to Protect and Recover Your Data from this Growing Threat, including a handy ransomware recovery checklist.

If you think your data protection solution isn’t ransomware recovery ready, please make your business leaders aware rather than having a bigger problem to sort out when attacked. Thanks for taking the time to read the blog. If you are interested in learning more about how we here at Catalogic can assist you in implementing enhanced data protection solutions and ensure recovery from ransomware is possible, please do get in touch.

 

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11/09/2021 0 Comments

History of Novell Open Enterprise Server

In early 2005, Novell, since then acquired by Micro Focus, made a splash in the Linux pool with their Open Enterprise Server (OES) product. Based initially on Netware and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and later just on SLES, Micro Focus OES is an enterprise-scale server operating system that provides essential shared services, including networked storage, file and print services, identity management, and network connectivity for Windows, Mac, and Linux client devices.

Protecting Micro Focus OES Environments

Now, as you would expect, where Micro Focus OES is a large part of an organization’s shared network services and computing environment, it is a critical part of IT infrastructure. So much so that if services were to go off-line for whatever reason, your users would be out of commission. With that in mind, it is crucial that the data stored in your OES environment be protected.

Over the years, a wide variety of data protection vendors have provided adequate Micro Focus OES backup and recovery. OES users had some options when it came to choosing a backup provider. However, as time has gone on, those same vendors have slowly moved on from the Novell family of products, leaving many OES customers with no way to protect their data.

Catalogic DPX and Micro Focus Partnership

Catalogic Software is not one of those data protection vendors that have abandoned OES. Catalogic DPX has provided industry-leading Novell OES backup and recovery for Novell products since 1997, and we even pioneered many data protection features such as OES cluster-support and deep GroupWise integration. Unlike many other vendors, we have never backed away from our commitment to the Novell family of products, even after the acquisition by Micro Focus.

DPX Cluster-level support for OES

DPX provides intelligent data protection for OES, which begins with being cluster-aware. This means that by using a virtual node concept, where all individual server nodes are represented together as a single entity, DPX can ensure that data is not backed up twice (from two different nodes in the cluster). Suppose a cluster node fails during the backup of a shared resource. In that case, DPX continues to execute the backup by switching the task to the failover node, ensuring that critical infrastructure information is always protected.

In Figure 1, the virtual node is labeled as a “cluster.” The item “V1” represents the shared resource. Objects oes-lx-c1, oes-lx-C2, and oes-lx-C3 are the server nodes in the cluster.

When it comes to recovery, the restoration of OES data is simplified. The user needs only to select the virtual server object, and DPX is smart enough to restore the correct volume. The operator doesn’t need to know the data source or which node performed the backup; this avoids confusion and ensures a quicker, trouble-free recovery process.

Figure 1

DPX support for Linux and NSS File System, eDirectory, and More

DPX supports full, incremental, and differential backups, which can be targeted at the volume, directory, or individual file level. Files can be restored with security and metadata and file-attributes / trustee rights still intact.

DPX Supports the following for OES backup:

  1. Cluster configuration OES
  2. GroupWise environments
  3. Backup of standalone and shared NSS volumes,
  4. Backup of eDirectory, etc.

In Figure 2, you can see the layout for the DPX GroupWise environment:

  1. (Po) shows Post Office resources
  2. (Dom) shows Domain Objects
  3. (DMS) Document Management Systems Library
  4. Other objects can include Binary Large Objects (blb) and even (TMP), which are any other directories referenced by /HOME flags

DPX has its software-defined storage repository called vStor that can act as a disk directory for your OES backups. DPX vStor performs deduplication and compression so that your storage is maximized, as well as replication to another backup node for redundancy and disaster recovery. Backup data can be archived to cloud or tape for long-term retention.

Figure 2

Conclusion

As you can see, the backup and recovery of your Micro Focus OES 2018 infrastructure are fully supported by Catalogic. If the recovery is as severe as a massive hardware failure, or a server failure in a multi-server OES cluster, or something less critical like post office corruption, individual email messages lost, or a user account deleted, having the ability to quickly and easily recover that information is incredibly important.

Whether you are just starting your search for a Micro Focus or Novell OES backup vendor or if your existing backup vendor is no longer supporting OES 2018 backups, Catalogic is an excellent and cost-effective alternative. We have been committed to our partnership with Micro Focus since the beginning, and we will continue to be there to protect your data for the long term.

If you would like to learn more about Catalogic DPX, you can request a live demo or even get a 30-day trial copy to try it for yourself. We’ll be happy to help you set things up.

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11/01/2021 0 Comments

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