Plan B taps VAST DATA to protect its NZ data centres from ransomware

VAST Data, the data platform company for the AI-powered world, announced its high-capacity, all-flash platform was selected by Plan B to ensure its data centres remain operational regardless of a cyber attack, data loss or security and networking issues.

Plan B, a New Zealand-based firm specialising in ICT and business continuity, manages data centres for medium to large businesses and enterprises. It provides high-performance, and cost-effective hybrid cloud and cloud object storage to other cloud service providers (CSPs) and integrators, including some of the largest Microsoft cloud partners in New Zealand.

Why did Plan B opt for VAST DATA?

With the rise in data breaches and data centre outages — Gartner expects at least 75% of IT firms to face one or more ransomware attacks by 2025 — protecting clients’ core assets requires an infrastructure that fortifies data and keeps equipment safe. Plan B’s data centre also requires a high degree of flexibility to scale depending on the goals of the business.

Plan B recognised that to fulfil its mission of ensuring its clients’ data is protected and has complete resiliency, it needed to update its storage devices. It also wanted a solution to facilitate its strategy of creating new and innovative products. Plan B turned to VAST Data to enable lightning-fast backups and restore performance in the event of an attack or outage.

VAST delivers petabyte-scale all-flash storage applicable for wide-ranging apps, including backups and restores with the Veeam platform. VAST’s Universal Storage platform restores business-critical data and applications up to 50x faster than legacy purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs). It can meet stringent recovery time objectives (RTOs) by providing 8x more restore performance at 40% lower cost than legacy backup targets and object stores.

In addition, Plan B is moving all its customer data to flash storage. VAST’s all-flash object storage platform delivers up to 100Gb on the front and back end, enabling Plan B’s customers to retrieve archived data in seconds as opposed to days with legacy platforms. VAST’s Universal Storage disaggregated shared everything (DASE) architecture separates the storage function from compute, helping to drive performance and storage capacity.

Universal Storage’s Indestructible Snapshots feature delivers the immutability essential to Plan B. Indestructible Snapshots safeguards data by preventing critical backup copies and snapshots from being altered or destroyed by any individual before their expiration date.

What does this mean for Plan B and VAST DATA?

Commenting on the partnership, Diego Nievas, Director of Product and Technology Innovation, Plan B said, “We found in VAST a partner that valued resilience as much as we do, enabling an S3aaS platform to remain operational under any circumstances. We don’t have to worry about the platform— there is low-to-zero touch. VAST handles all our maintenance and firmware upgrades. This is a huge benefit for us as it can be hard to find resources.

Diego Nievas, Director of Product and Technology Innovation at Plan B

In the event of a cyber security attack, VAST’s platform allows Plan B to crawl through the data to find viruses, cryptolockers and ransomware. “VAST allows us to restore quickly and make sure it’s correct … killing two birds with one stone,” Nievas further commented.

“With Universal Storage, we have flipped the switch on the capabilities of the data centre,” said Howard Fyffe, Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand at VAST Data.

“With a powerful partner like VAST and our Universal Storage platform, Plan B is assured that it can protect its clients’ most valuable asset — their data. The affordability of our all-flash solution enables more companies to benefit from the highest levels of performance, scale, data protection and resiliency needed for today’s modern business environment.”