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How to Develop a Multi-cloud Management Strategy
Increasingly, organizations are looking to move workloads into the cloud. The goal may be to leverage cloud resources for Dev/Test, or they may want to “lift and shift” an application to the cloud and run it natively. In order to enable these various cloud options, it is critical that organizations develop a multi-cloud data management strategy.

The primary goal of a multi-cloud data management strategy is to supply data, either via copying or moving data to the various multi-cloud use cases. A key enabler of this movement is the data management software applications. In theory, data protection applications can perform both of the copy and move functions. A key consideration is how the multi-cloud data management experience is unified. In most cases, data protection applications ignore the user experience of each cloud and use their proprietary interface as the unifying entity, which increases complexity.

There are a variety of reasons organizations may want to leverage multiple clouds. The first use case is to use public cloud storage as a backup mirror to an on-premises data protection process. Using public cloud storage as a backup mirror enables the organization to automatically off-site data. It also sets up many of the more advanced use cases.

Another use case is using the cloud for disaster recovery.

Another use case is “Lift and Shift,” which means the organization wants to run the application in the cloud natively. Initial steps in the “lift and shift” use case are similar to Dev/Test, but now the workload is storing unique data in the cloud.

Multi-cloud is a reality now for most organizations and managing the movement of data between these clouds is critical.

Why backup is breaking hyper-converged infrastructure and how to fix it
The goal of a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is to simplify how to apply compute, network and storage resources to applications. Ideally, the data center’s IT needs are consolidated down to a single architecture that automatically scales as the organization needs to deploy more applications or expand existing ones. The problem is that the backup process often breaks the consolidation effort by requiring additional independent architectures to create a complete solution.

How Backup Breaks Hyperconvergence

Backup creates several separate architectures outside of the HCI architecture. Each of these architectures need independent management. First, the backup process will often require a dedicated backup server. That server will run on a stand-alone system and then connect to the HCI solution to perform a backup. Second, the dedicated backup server will almost always have its own storage system to store data backed up from the HCI. Third, there are some features, like instant recovery and off-site replication, that require production quality storage to function effectively.

The answer for IT is to find a backup solution that fully integrates with the HCI solution, eliminating the need to create these additional silos.

3 Reasons Ootbi by Object First is Best for Veeam
Ransomware is rampant. Malicious and negligent threats from inside and outside the company grow by the day. Unstructured data grows exponentially every second. Disasters are ever-present. Luckily, Object First resolves all those concerns in a compact, simplistic, and cost-effective manner.
This paper will cover the biggest challenges for mid-enterprises and the available solutions in the market today. We will explain the importance of immutability to ransomware recovery and how backup storage should be secure, simple, and powerful, all without compromise. These reasons will uncover why Veeam users need to consider Ootbi, by Object First, as their primary storage target for backup and recovery.

Password Management Report: Unifying Perception with Reality
We surveyed over 8,000 people globally about what they say they do to ensure their cybersecurity and what they actually do. The study found people are grossly overconfident with a clear disconnect between actions and perception.

There is no getting away from the fact that passwords are still the cornerstone of modern cybersecurity practices. Despite decades of advice to users to always pick strong and unique passwords for each of their online accounts, Keeper Security found that only one-quarter of survey respondents actually do this. Many use repeat variations of the same password (34%) or still admit to using simple passwords to secure their online accounts (30%). Perhaps more worryingly, almost half (44%) of those who claimed all their passwords were well-managed also said they used repeated variations of them. One in five also admitted to knowing they’ve had at least one password involved in a data breach or available on the dark web.

At first glance, these results may come as a shock, especially to those in the cybersecurity industry who have been touting these simple best practices for years. However, when considering more than one in three people (35%) globally admit to feeling overwhelmed when it comes to taking action to improve their cybersecurity, and one in ten admit to neglecting password management altogether, the results are much less of a surprise.

Cybersecurity is a priority and cybersecurity solutions must also be. The threat landscape continues to expand as our lives shift from in-person banks, stores, and coffee shops to online banking, internet shopping, social networking, and everything in between. We have never been more dependent on our phones, computers, and connected devices, yet we are overconfident in our ability to protect them and willfully ignoring the actions we must take to do so. Perhaps we need more people to admit they’re as careless as a bull in a china shop, burying their heads in the sand like an ostrich or simply paralyzed with fear. Facing reality and coming to recognize what’s at stake, they can more confidently charge forward and take the necessary steps to protect their information, identities and online accounts.

Data Sheet. Ootbi – The Best Storage for Veeam
Traditional backup storage comes with compromise, forcing you to sacrifice performance for affordability, simplicity for performance, or resilience for simplicity. Object First eliminates the need for Veeam customers to compromise or sacrifice.
This paper will cover Ootbi specifications in its different capacities. The appliance can be racked, stacked, and powered in 15-minutes. Ootbi by Object First is built on immutable object storage technology designed and optimized for unbeatable backup and recovery performance. Eliminate the need to sacrifice performance and simplicity to meet budget constraints with Ootbi by Object First.
Immutability out-of-the-box solved for Mirazon and their customers
The desire to be resilient is becoming more prevalent across all corporations. Ransomware attacks have been rising over the past years, reaching a point where an attack occurs every 11 seconds. Because of this vulnerability, Mirazon, like many, needed to find an immutable solution that is also simple to operate and affordable for their customers.

This case study will cover the story of how Ootbi by Object First helped Mirazon cope with its business challenges. 

Ransomware attacks have been rising over the past years, reaching a point where an attack occurs every 11 seconds. This staggering statistic has proven that it is not a case of if but when, causing many corporations to seek resiliency. Furthermore, backups are now the primary target for ransomware. To address this vulnerability, Mirazon needed to properly secure not only their primary data, but also their backup data as well.

The Shortest Distance to Virtualization Excellence
When it comes to virtualization technology, you have more options than you probably realize. With the number of options available, you can choose an IT infrastructure platform that offers a simplified, highly automated infrastructure that keeps your applications and organization running efficiently. Many of today’s virtualization solutions are comprised of multiple vendor products—one for the hypervisor, servers, and storage hardware—making it more complicated and expensive than it needs to be.

Why Migrating to Scale Computing's Virtualization Solution is the Smart Choice

Introduction

When it comes to virtualization technology, you have more options than you probably realize. With the number of options available, you can choose an IT infrastructure platform that offers a simplified, highly automated infrastructure that keeps your applications and organization running efficiently.

Many of today’s virtualization solutions are comprised of multiple vendor products—one for the hypervisor, servers, and storage hardware—making it more complicated and expensive than it needs to be. Configuring those disparate server and storage components just the right way wastes valuable time.

Then you have to install and configure the hypervisor and add time to test for compatibility and performance, further delaying deployment. To succeed, you need expertise in all those different platforms, some of which are so complicated that you’re expected to be certified in them.

Once you’ve got it all up and running, it can be hard to scale out when you need more resources, especially if you’re not able to add the exact same components. You may need to bring in more expertise and conduct more testing. Then you have the ongoing cost of licensing renewals, support, and maintenance for multiple pieces from multiple vendors, including different licenses for different features. Add disaster recovery—an additional piece of the puzzle that can add yet another vendor, requiring more expertise and further complicating matters. There goes more time and more money.

Whether you’re considering migrating from your existing virtualization platform or are virtualizing from scratch for the first time, there’s a better way to do it. Whether you are looking at a single location or implementing an edge computing platform across hundreds of sites, Scale Computing’s hyperconverged approach is the shortest path to affordable virtualization that’s easy to deploy, easy to manage, and easy to scale.

Scale Computing’s virtualization software and appliances are based on patented technologies designed from the ground up to minimize infrastructure complexity and cost. Scale Computing Platform has helped IT organizations across all industries deploy robust virtualization solutions.

This white paper explores the advantages SC//Platform offers over competing virtualization solutions, looks at potential migration options, and shows how Scale Computing is making a difference in organizations like yours.

AIOps Best Practices for IT Teams & Leaders
What is AIOps & why does it matter for today’s enterprises? Gartner first coined the term AIOps in 2016 to describe an industry category for machine learning and analytics technology that enhances IT operations analytics. Learn how AIOps helps manage IT systems performance and improve customer experience.

AIOps is an umbrella term for underlying technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning that automate the determination and resolution of IT issues in modern, distributed IT environments.

Here's a brief overview on how AIOps solution work:

  • AIOps data usually comes from different MELT sources.
  • Then, big data technologies aggregate and organize it, reduce noise, find patterns and isolate anomalies.
  • The AIOps automated resolution system resolves known issues and hands over the complicated scenarios to IT teams.

Learn from this whitepaper on what are the Best Practices IT Teams and IT Leaders should follow in implementing AIOps in their enterprise.

Using Object Lock to Protect Mission Critical Infrastructure
For Centerbase, a software as a service (SaaS) platform serving high-performing legal practices, nothing is more important than security and performance. While they run a robust, replicated, on-premises data storage system, they found that they could not meet their desired recovery time objectives (RTO) if they faced a disaster that took out both their production and disaster recovery (DR) sites.
The combination of Backblaze B2, Veeam, and Ootbi simplified and strengthened Centerbase’s storage and backup architecture. Even with their primary DR center and their extensive NAS storage arrays, they would not have been able to rebuild their infrastructure fast enough to limit business impact. Now, if their primary DR site is affected by ransomware or natural disaster, they can turn to their Backblaze B2 backups to quickly restore data and meet RTO requirements
Zero Trust and Enterprise Data Backup
Cyberattacks and ransomware target backup data in 93% of incidents, while existing Zero Trust frameworks often overlook backup and recovery security. Zero Trust Data Resilience (ZTDR), developed by Numberline Security and Veeam, extends Zero Trust principles to data backup. The ZTDR framework includes segmentation, multiple data resilience zones, and immutable backup storage. This white paper offers practical steps for implementing ZTDR, which improves data protection, reduces security risk

Cyberattacks and ransomware target backup data in 93% of incidents. Despite being primary targets for ransomware and data exfiltration, existing Zero Trust frameworks often overlook the security of data backup and recovery systems.
 
Zero Trust Data Resilience (ZTDR) is an innovative model that extends Zero Trust principles to data backup and recovery. Developed through a collaboration between Numberline Security and Veeam, ZTDR builds on the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's (CISA) Zero Trust Maturity Model (ZTMM).  
 
This framework provides a practical guide for IT and security teams to improve data protection, reduce security risk, and enhance an organization's cyber resilience.
 
The primary principles of ZTDR include:

  • Segmentation — Separation of Backup Software and Backup Storage to enforce least-privilege access, as well as to minimize the attack surface and blast radius.
  • Multiple data resilience zones or security domains to comply with the 3-2-1 Backup Rule and to ensure multi-layered security.
  • Immutable Backup Storage to protect backup data from modifications and deletions. Zero Access to Root and OS, protecting against external attackers and compromised administrators, is a must-have as part of true immutability. 

The white paper "Zero Trust and Enterprise Data Backup" details these principles and offers practical steps for implementation. 
 
What You'll Learn:

  • Security Enhancement: Core Zero Trust principles applied to data backup.
  • Implementation: Best practices for infrastructure segmentation and resilience zones.
  • Applications: Case studies on mitigating ransomware and cyber threats. 

Download the white paper and start your journey towards Zero Trust Data Resilience.