- Dell Technologies has released new data protection products and services as a part of its security portfolio.
- Active data protection is usually treated as something of an afterthought, especially compared to disaster recovery. Yet it is undoubtedly a problem for companies.
According to Dell’s recent Global Data Protection Index (GDPI) research, organizations notice more disasters than in previous years, many of them artificial. During the last year, cyberattacks accounted for 48% of all disasters, up from 37% in 2021, and are the main cause of data disruption.
One of the main stumbling blocks in deploying data-protection capabilities is the rollout complexity. Specialized expertise is required, and multiple vendor products are frequently involved. Even hyperscalers are challenged to offer multi-cloud data-protection services.
GDPI Survey Stats
The GDPI survey by Dell also found 85% of organizations with multiple data-protection vendors want to decrease the number of vendors they use.
Dell seems to be the sole provider, starting with the announcement of a new PowerProtect appliance, enhancements to Dell’s APEX storage services, and an agreement to use Google Cloud for cyber recovery.
The Dell PowerProtect Data Manager Appliance is designed to provide AI-powered data protections in an enterprise IT environment that includes consistent backup and restore functions, with support for Kubernetes and VMware hybrid cloud environments. The main goal of the appliance is to help accelerate the adoption of zero-trust architectures.
The GDPI survey identified that 91% of organizations are either aware of or planning to deploy a zero-trust architecture. Only 12% have fully deployed a zero-trust model so far.
Dell has added security features to the hardware, firmware, and security control points to simplify zero-trust deployment complexity with its PowerProtect Data Manager Appliance. Dell claims it can be deployed in less than 30 minutes and offers 12TB to 96TB storage. It has VMware integrated and is cloud-ready and cyber recovery-ready.
APEX Cloud Services
Dell also announced expanding its APEX cloud services to include the declared data protection. Earlier this year, the company released backup services and recovery support for its pay-per-use storage consumption model.