Dell launches new security services to tackle surging data demands

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Dell has launched a slate of software and services that aim to address the challenges businesses face as the volume of data they need to manage increases.

These new products collectively aim to expand virtual machine (VM) backup availability, simplify data management, and bolster recovery.

They include Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager with Transparent Snapshots, Dell EMC PowerProtect appliances with Smart Scale, and Dell Technologies Managed Services for Cyber Recovery Solution.

“While ransomware attacks can be devastating for people and businesses, accepting defeat as a foregone conclusion is not the answer,” said president and general manager with Dell’s infrastructure solutions group, Jeff Boudreau.

“We understand the stakes have never been higher, and the task of protecting data has never been more complex. As the leading provider of data protection hardware and software, our portfolio addresses this growing challenge by helping customers adopt a holistic cybersecurity and data protection strategy to identify, protect, detect, respond and recover from ransomware and other cyberattacks.”

By adding Transparent Snapshots to the Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager, the firm hopes to give organisations new ways to help protect their VMs at scale. VM image-level backups are simplified and automated, with Transparent Snapshots delivering five times faster backups and a five-times reduction in VM latency.

The addition of Smart Scale to Dell EMC PowerProtect appliances also lets customers configure multiple appliances - as many as 32 - as a single pool. This gives them the ability to manage large data sets in a single entity.

The last of the announcements, Dell Technologies Managed Services for Cyber Recovery, helps organisations reduce the risks of data loss by allowing Dell experts to manage day-to-day cyber recovery vault operations. These are a set of managed services that build on Dell’s portfolio of consulting, deployment, and support services.

Dell has launched these in the context of organisations managing more than ten times the amount of data they were five years ago, with the firm’s 2021 Global Data Protection Index (GDPI) identifying fresh challenges as a result.

According to the study, businesses now manage on average 14.6 PB of data, up from 1.45 PB five years ago. As a result, 67% lack confidence that business-critical data can be recovered in the event of a destructive attack or loss, while 62% feel their existing data protection measures aren’t enough to cope with ransomware threats.


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Moreover, the increased adoption of cloud-native applications, Kubernetes containers, and AI systems pose further threats to data protection, with 63% feeling the industry lacks broader mitigation against the risks these technologies have introduced.

Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager with Transparent Snapshots will be globally available within this quarter at no additional cost to customers with existing maintenance contracts. Dell EMC PowerProtect appliances with SmartScale is available as a preview and is expected to be released generally in the first half of 2022. Dell Technologies Managed Services for Cyber Recovery Solutions, however, are available globally now.

Keumars Afifi-Sabet
Features Editor

Keumars Afifi-Sabet is a writer and editor that specialises in public sector, cyber security, and cloud computing. He first joined ITPro as a staff writer in April 2018 and eventually became its Features Editor. Although a regular contributor to other tech sites in the past, these days you will find Keumars on LiveScience, where he runs its Technology section.