Cohesity, a provider of cloud-based data management, backup and storage solutions, now makes it even easier for smartphone users to manage their SaaS-based Helios data management environment. For example, they can respond directly to ransomware attacks.

The newly released mobile application for Android and iOS allows users of the Helios data management solution to manage their entire environment anywhere, anytime. The mobile application allows administrators to monitor the health and performance of their entire Cohesity infrastructure, provide support and receive alerts on anomalies, among other things.

Mobile application

Users of the mobile application can use it to manage all clusters registered in their Cohesity Helios management portal via special menus. The most important functionality includes a dashboard to view the overall health of a particular cluster and what the available storage capacity is. In addition, this dashboard provides insight into all protected data sources of the company, such as VMs, applications and databases.

The mobile application also provides a clear overview of all registered clusters with details such as software version, storage, throughput and IOPS. Furthermore, it is possible to show all alerts of the last 24 hours. These alerts provide insight into how clusters behave and what the status of a particular task is. They also provide an overview of all supported activities and their active status.

Ransomware protection

The mobile application also empowers administrators to combat ransomware attacks, as the company explains. The mobile application uses the machine learning-based defect detection technology, which is built into the Helios management solution. This technology detects if there is a potential ransomware attack on an IT production environment.

Helios then issues an alert about when the primary data exchange deviates from normal behavior. This can mean that a deviation in the field of data encryption is in progress. The deviations are detected when comparisons are made with important changes in the data compared to ‘normal’ patterns, says Cohesity. These patterns include the daily ‘change rate’ of logical data, the ‘ingest rate’ of historical data and the ‘randomness’ of data.

To prevent ransomware attacks, Cohesity also claims to offer excellent protection by preventing a ‘gold copy’ of the data from being modified by an application or person. Cohesity also uses DataLock (WORM) and multi-factor authentication for protection. Cohesity’s mobile application is now available in Google Play and the Apple App Store.