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Dr. Christian Biermann — 27. February 2023Reading time: 1:39 minutes
Backup environments are a critical factor in whether and how data can be protected from ransomware attacks. In the follow-up of our "Health Check" series, we provide the overview and most important tips for IBM Spectrum Protect.
The central component of a Spectrum Protect backup environment is the server infrastructure. This receives and manages the backup and archive data and should be designed to ensure that all data can be backed up and restored within the SLAs.
Behind the server infrastructure are several hardware components. This is the server with its backend storage itself and there may be external media such as tape libraries or cloud connected. From the Spectrum Protect data, conclusions can be drawn as to whether this infrastructure is sufficient under the given workload or whether bottlenecks are occurring.
The heart of Spectrum Protect is the associated DB2 database.
This contains the knowledge about all backup and archive objects. Therefore, it is necessary for the operation that this database is available with sufficient performance or can be restored from a backup in case of a disaster.
We check whether this meets the requirements as part of the Health Check.
The recovery of a Spectrum Protect instance from a database backup may be necessary due to a crash of the backup environment as well as due to attacks on the integrity of the environment. Besides the protection by a suitable backup, the secure operation of the Spectrum Protect instance with its integrated security features is of course also an important component for the protection against such attacks. As part of the Health Check, we will introduce you to features that may not yet be in use and that can help you secure your backups against external threats.
Server-side processes copy and move data daily. Certain time windows are available for this. Is the performance sufficient or do these represent a bottleneck? The Health Check provides you with information on this. We also check whether the timing of the various server-side processes corresponds to best practice or whether there is potential for improvement here.
Tape drives are an important means of data backup. They store a large amount of data inexpensively and by swapping them out, you can create a safeguard against ransomware attacks via air-gap. Attackers are not able to delete or encrypt this data.
We visualize this in the Health Check and thus provide you with a decision-making aid as to whether investment in new hardware may be necessary.
Of course, an evaluation of the currently used Spectrum Protect Server release is also part of the health check. To what extent is an update of the environment useful or necessary?
We provide you with the appropriate decision-making aids to ensure that your environment is secure and up-to-date.
Dr. Christian Biermann has been working as an IT Senior Consultant with a focus on IBM Spectrum Protect since 2021. From over twenty-five years of experience in the IT environment, he brings around twenty years of project and support experience with the products of the Tivoli Storage Manager and Spectrum Protect portfolios to his consulting work.