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Nutanix Data Lens Powers Data Management and Ransomware Protection

By Phill Gilbert

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It’s no secret that data growth is exploding – and predominantly in unstructured data. All that growth means three things: more data to store (obviously) more data to gain insights from and more data to protect, after all, the more data you have the bigger a target you become for ransomware attacks – another growing industry.

Storing all that data is one challenge, although we’ve got you covered with the Nutanix® Unified Storage™ (including Files and Objects) offering. But gaining insight into your actual data, knowing where it is, how long it’s been there, how “hot” it is (access frequency), knowing who’s accessing it and where they are – these are all massive challenges in an area seeing such dramatic growth. This is also compounded by replication technologies and even newer features that include tiering to the public cloud – now your data can be anywhere. Then there’s the fact that your data is valuable – not just to you, but to attackers who may want to hold you ransom. With a growing number of ransomware attacks – and attackers – how can you possibly be expected to keep on top of them all?

Nutanix Data Lens™ is a new service that runs in the cloud to offer you global visibility to potential threats to your data from any location, at any scale. Data Lens is designed specifically to provide unique insights into unstructured data environments, as well as insight into data movement, access, and audit logging. Data Lens also provides you with the ability to set up industry-leading ransomware protection for your data.

Gaining true insight into your actual data is challenging, especially in larger environments. As environments grow, there’s increasing chances of multiple storage deployments, even in different geographical locations, countries or even continents. This further compounds the issue as getting a single view of a distributed environment is extremely different without expensive third-party tools, and that’s one more thing to manage, update, etc. Nutanix Data Lens is different: as a cloud-service, it offers unlimited scale and can provide a single, global view of your data, wherever it is. Data Lens is embedded in Nutanix Unified Storage and provides deep insights, anomaly detection to detect threats and can block access from user accounts and/or devices. You can see where your data is even when it’s replicated and tiered away from Nutanix storage.

With thousands of ransomware attacks taking place daily around the world, it’s no wonder that ransomware protection is a top priority – but that protection is only as good as the rules it uses to identify attacks. Out-of-date ransomware databases, or databases with limited attack vectors listed, offer little-to-no practical protection against ransomware attacks. Data Lens features more than 4,000 ransomware signatures and, since Data Lens is delivered as a service, the database grows without you needing to maintain it. Nutanix dynamically updates the database as new signatures are detected, so your protection stays current.

Of course this is only a start – we have plenty more planned for Data Lens, so watch this space.

Find out more at https://datalens.nutanix.com, contacting us datalens@nutanix.com or by speaking to your account team.

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