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NetApp unveils BlueXP ransomware protection: a game changer for cyber resilience

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Darnell Fatigati
Darnell Fatigati

In the realm of cybersecurity, the specter of ransomware casts a shadow over organizations of all sizes—and it threatens to unleash chaos by disrupting operations and holding critical data hostage. However, rising to the challenge, NetApp stands as a formidable ally. That’s why we’re announcing the general availability of the groundbreaking NetApp® BlueXP™ ransomware protection service. With its unrivaled capabilities, this cutting-edge solution promises to change the game for businesses worldwide, providing a comprehensive defense that redefines the boundaries of cyber resilience. 

A closer look at BlueXP ransomware protection

With BlueXP ransomware protection, NetApp is the only storage vendor providing a single control plane to intelligently coordinate and execute a comprehensive, workload-centric ransomware defense at the storage layer. The solution aligns with all six functions of the NIST cybersecurity framework: identify, protect, detect, respond, recover, and govern. 

One of the standout features of BlueXP ransomware protection is its ability to protect and recover all workload-associated data with a single click, and with application consistency. This remarkable capability is made possible through the service’s AI-powered orchestration that activates and manages NetApp ONTAP® cyber-resilience features and BlueXP data protection services for each workload, based on the workload’s priority to your business. It then orchestrates recovery to restore entire workloads within minutes—with minimal human intervention. This means greater efficacy while significantly reducing operational overhead. 

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Customer benefits: protection, detection, response, and recovery

The benefits of BlueXP ransomware protection are clear and compelling. Here’s how organizations can take advantage of this innovative service: 

  • Workload-centric defense. The service automatically identifies data across NetApp storage systems, maps the data to workloads, analyzes workload risk, and proposes protection policies that align with the workload’s importance. 
  • Simplified policy application. With just one click, you can apply recommended (or your own) workload protection policies to safeguard your workload data against potential threats. 
  • Near real-time anomaly detection. BlueXP ransomware protection provides actionable alerts and responds to suspicious behavior, along with security information and event management (SIEM) integration and forensics to investigate attacks, so that organizations can see and manage threats promptly. 
  • Automated response. ONTAP has intelligent features such as autonomous ransomware protection and automatic NetApp Snapshot™ copies built in. During anomalous behavior, data can be preserved without manual intervention. 
  • Guided recovery. If an attack is successful, the service helps organizations recover workloads more easily—and within minutes—by orchestrating the workflow for application-consistent recovery. 

What the experts are saying

In a recent Technical Validation report, Enterprise Strategy Group captures the essence of BlueXP ransomware protection’s capabilities, stating: “BlueXP ransomware protection by NetApp helps organizations prepare for and recover quickly from an inevitable ransomware attack, enabling them to have confidence that they will never have to pay a ransom for NetApp storage workloads. If you use NetApp for your storage needs, Enterprise Strategy Group recommends you consider BlueXP ransomware protection for your environment.” 

The impact of ransomware attacks and the need for robust protection

ESG research shows that 75% of respondents reported at least one successful ransomware attack in the past 12 months, with 37% experiencing more than one. The mean data compromised by successful ransomware attacks was reported to be 1.3PB. It’s evident that ransomware attacks can halt business operations and halt revenue production, making a solution like BlueXP ransomware protection not just beneficial but crucial for businesses today. 

A new era of data protection

NetApp BlueXP ransomware protection marks a new era in data protection, in which organizations are empowered not only to defend against ransomware attacks but to do so with confidence and efficiency. With its comprehensive set of features and customer-centric benefits, BlueXP ransomware protection is poised to become an essential component in the cybersecurity strategy of any data-driven organization. 

As ransomware attacks continue to evolve, having a solution that can adapt and respond to the ever-changing threat landscape is indispensable. NetApp BlueXP ransomware protection is that solution, offering peace of mind to businesses and protecting their most valuable assets—their workloads and their data. 

Experience BlueXP ransomware protection firsthand by signing up for a free trial today. 

And for a deeper dive into the technical specifics and success stories, make sure to download your free copy of ESG’s Technical Validation report.  

Darnell Fatigati

Darnell Fatigati is a senior product marketing manager for NetApp’s Cloud Data Services with over 20 years of experience in technology, IT services, and telecom. Her focus is helping customers understand how to gain visibility and insight into their data so they can optimize their IT infrastructure, efficiently migrate to the cloud, maintain regulatory compliance, and enhance their cybersecurity posture.

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