New buildings are inherently more secure than those constructed even five years ago. In the past, simply locking your most valuable assets in a safe was enough. Today security must encompass the whole building. Elevators restrict access to certain floors, spacious floor layout to ensure visitors are easily identified and entry and exits easily monitored, information networks designed to prevent access by intruders. A building’s security begins with the architect.
This is the approach Veritas took toward security when we began work on the new NetBackup Flex Scale operating environment. Security and resilience were architected into the product at its very inception. The Immutable Architecture is multilayered to encompass the entire data protection infrastructure.
At the core is immutable storage—preventing data from being modified by a bad actor and is a crucial component in ransomware resiliency. Competitive products end with immutable storage, but this is where the Immutable Architecture in NetBackup Flex Scale begins. An intruder would need to get past three layers of protection before they could even get to the immutable storage.
The next layer of protection for the NetBackup Flex Scale is based on containers and container isolation. Containers provide isolation between NetBackup services and include internal software firewalls blocking unauthorized traffic and preventing visibility between namespaces.
The next layer is a hardened operating system that restricts access even to superusers and restricts single-user mode boot options. Hardened operating systems are readily available on the market, but their effectiveness depends on setting the correct policies. Veritas has years of experience deploying hardened operating systems in over 30,000 appliances. All this experience is built into NetBackup Flex Scales Immutable Architecture.
Finally, there is a layer of Intrusion Detection and Prevention to further protect against an attack by a bad actor.
NetBackup Flex Scale 2.1 was released on November 15, 2021, with new resilience features.
Active-Active Dual Site Disaster Recovery ensures fast recovery across sites. Copies of data are automatically replicated between NetBackup Flex Scale systems across sites. Each site is a working deployment, and data is replicated in both directions. If one site goes down, the second site can be accessed for fast recovery, while normal activity continues at the second site.
With the latest release (2.1), NetBackup Flex Scale can easily be integrated into an existing NetBackup deployment. Customers can easily try out scale-out data protection or migrate to scale-out at a pace suited to their business.
NetBackup Flex Scale is inherently more secure and resilient than legacy first-generation scale-out data protection solutions with its immutable architecture. It includes all the security and resilience capabilities of NetBackup and adds layers of resilience beyond just immutable storage.
Additionally, check out this demonstration of how NetBackup Flex Scale automates scaling capacity and job concurrency in a self-managed scale-out cluster with ransomware resiliency and enterprise-level availability.