We have been evaluating RDX storage technology
for suitability in a range of IT department operations.
Specifically, we are testing the following products from HPE:
Why we needed a
solution like this:
- Some of our security work
involves recovery from targeted APT malware attacks.
Workstation recovery using stored golden images is often
the only reliable & cost-effective method of
disinfection, and golden images must be kept on write
protected media to stay uninfected in a typical production
network. Most consumer grade USB drives do not have
hardware-based write protection, so they can become
compromised easily when in use and even facilitate the
accidental spread of malware in a network. RDX wins.
- Forensic image or data
capture mandates that analysis be performed on a write
protected copy of the targeted machine's hard drive, not
the actual drive - which must be secured to protect the
chain of custody for possible prosecution. Another job
best done with RDX.
- We often try out new
software apps in a virtualized test lab environment, and
we've been known to test apps to the breaking point.
Restoring a crashed VM instance from the saved copy on an
RDX cartridge is a snap! (Hmm... maybe we could actually
boot & run a VM directly from an RDX cartridge?)
- Having all the
standardized departmental workstation images for an
enterprise online in an RDX NAS with read-only cartridges
installed is a dream come true! Now we can create the
golden images in our Ring 0 Lab, throw the write protect
switch, and mount them on the LAN for fast, easy
workstation recovery & new deployments. Sweet!
- No more tape backups!!! No
more failed tape backup restores because a tape crinkled
in a drive. No more waiting to restore a data file that is
further down the tape. Just fast, random access to
removable hard drive storage that can be write protected,
archived and reused over & over again. Life is good,
- Failed hard drive
- Malware attack
- OS corruption
- Unknown cause
- Attach RDX in RO
- Boot recover app
- Click Restore
- Boot with restored
- Restore last data
Notify user they can
resume normal operations...
Okay, what's next on
To Do List?
recommendation: shop around a little and get a
good bundle price on an RDX drive and a 2TB cartridge.
Try it out in your IT Lab and see if it works for you
Prices vary a lot,
but RDX is a standard - so hunt for a good deal from a
highly-rated vendor. If you like it, well... you know
you need technical assistance with implementing an RDX
Storage Solution, try contacting the Hewlett Packard
Enterprise Support Center - HPE RDX Removable Disk
Backup System Group HERE...
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