Dell Technologies announced an expansion of its APEX offering during Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas. The organization is increasing its focus on cyber recovery solutions. It becomes possible to recover data from the multicloud (Azure and AWS).
The Dell APEX portfolio takes work off IT administrators’ hands. When purchasing Dell infrastructure through the APEX program, the maintenance of infrastructure, patches, possible failures and scalability are arranged by Dell. For some European countries, Dell-Flex-on-Demand is the only option at this time. Dell places its hardware in your data center and does all the management. As an IT administrator, you only need to create the VMs and data storage pools.
Expanding APEX with Cyber Recovery
Now, Dell is adding Cyber Recovery to APEX, making it possible to store your data in the public cloud via Dell’s software-defined block, file and object storage. Dell emphasizes that it’s a multicloud solution, as Azure and AWS are supported. One major advantage of the APEX program is that, in the case of a failure and need for recovery, your organization receives support from Dell Technologies.
In other words: you’re not on your own. However, you will have to ensure that you have a good cyber recovery plan.
Dell states that its new cloud solutions offer customers the possibility to manage data and applications from multiple data centers and cloud environments. It should make it easier for organisations to store, secure and monitor their data.
“Our customers want less complexity and are looking for solutions that allow them to manage their data in a generic way, wherever it is stored. From public cloud to data centers and the edge”, said Chuck Witten, co-chief operating officer at Dell Technologies.
Dell APEX Cyber Recovery Services
The Dell APEX Cyber Recovery Services provides a simple cloud experience to quickly offer recovery after a cyberattack. Dell offers this service as an as-a-service solution, wherein it takes responsibility for daily vault management and support for data recovery. To do this, Dell developed standardized configurations based on its experience with nearly 2,000 isolated vault solutions worldwide.
Dell already offered Dell PowerProtect Cyber Recovery for AWS and is now adding Dell PowerProtect Cyber Recovery for Microsoft Azure. With this, the recovery solution becomes multicloud. It’s one of the many Dell services now offered on the Azure marketplace.
With the solution, you get an isolated cyber vault in the public cloud. Data is protected against ransomware attacks, among others. When recovering, you can opt to do so in your own data center. When the attack involves ransomware and it is unclear whether data can safely be restored, you can opt to recover in a cloud region with a new private network. This way, you directly recover a clean network. This is possible in both Azure and AWS.
Finally, Dell collaborated with AWS to make CyberSense available in AWS with CyberSense for Dell PowerProtect CyberRecovery for AWS. This makes it possible to analyze the data stored in the vault. CyberSense uses machine learning and forensic methods to scan metadata and detect ransomware. If corrupt data is found in files or databases, it can be automatically restored to the last secure copy.
Finally, we’re arriving at today’s bad news. The Dell APEX Cyber Recovery Services are currently only available in the United States. Dell intends to make the offering available in more regions later this year. In our opinion, the chances of the Netherlands or Belgium being among them are small.