Making educated data management decisions with the Discovery Series V2.2

For any midmarket business, reading the news – riddled with data security scares and data breach reports – can be daunting. You face the challenge of getting ahead of a rapidly evolving risk landscape without the budgets and resources that a major enterprise has at its command, all while keeping your data in compliance with industry regulations, managed efficiently and adequately backed up.

IT professionals are forced to make decisions about data placement and security blindly. This is like deciding to buy an electric car without understanding the range the car can travel, and the distance of your daily commute. You just wouldn’t do it unless you knew with certainty that your commute was so short it didn’t matter. Moving data to a new location without understanding its contents and needs is like having a 50-mile commute one way, and hoping the car has a range of 100 miles – if you’re wrong, you’ll be spending a lot of time on the side of the road. Even if you’re just moving data internally, you need to understand what each of your files and folders contain in order to ensure the new location will have the right security level.

When we launched the DataGravity Discovery Series V2, storage took a self-defense class. Traditionally a vulnerable part of the IT stack, storage began to stand its ground in today’s zero-trust security world with built-in intelligence features that finally understood the data it was holding without outside (software) assistance. Meanwhile, our customers gained the ability to define sensitive data, detect its presence within their systems and proactively defend that data against security threats. Every day, IT pros tell us they’re looking for clearer visibility into the contents of their data and better tools to help them protect it from the kidnappers, thieves and risks scattered throughout today’s market. By building security features into our enterprise-grade storage platform, we took the first steps on the path to helping our customers conquer their data management and security goals.

Today, we’re continuing down the road to a more secure, data-aware future. After months of learning more details about the threats our customers face and the strategies that can help protect their critical data, we’re announcing new updates that extend core DataGravity capabilities, including virtualized environment support expansion to add Microsoft Hyper-V, enhanced security features with file fingerprinting, user activity alerting as well as pre-defined tags for HIPAA compliance. As we all know, the only way to keep up with the evolving risk landscape is to get ahead of its changes – and to ensure your data is protected at the point of storage.

“Waiting for inevitable security risks to take down your business is irrational in this day and age. It’s critical to get ahead of the curve, particularly as the risk landscape evolves to become continuously more destructive,” explained Will Bradshaw, IT manager at Jungle Jim’s International Market. “DataGravity is a key component to combatting those risks, securing our confidential data and streamlining our operations, confidently putting us in position to directly face and mitigate such threats. The user activity alerting capabilities in V2.2 will help us proactively govern and monitor our critical data.”

To protect your data from the threats that permeate today’s security landscape, you need to understand people, content and activities over time. Mastering two out of three will help, but it won’t stop a ransomware virus or internal error from exposing your critical information. V2.2 considers each of these aspects and puts our customers and partners on the road to a more secure future. As that road continues to wind, and we inevitably come across new twists, turns and obstacles, you can stay tuned for more news and resources that keep your company moving toward the secure, efficient, data-aware future of storage.

Learn more about how data-aware storage can improve security, productivity and data management for your team.

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Paula Long

Paula Long is the CEO and co-founder of DataGravity. She previously co-founded storage provider EqualLogic, which was acquired by Dell for $1.4 billion in 2008. She remained at Dell as vice president of storage until 2010. Prior to EqualLogic, she served in engineering management positions at Allaire Corporation and oversaw the ClusterCATS product line at Bright Tiger Technologies. She is a graduate of Westfield State College.