Best Backup Solutions for MSPs to Protect Against Ransomware – Channel Insider

Ransomware attacks have soared. A number of studies in the last year show it growing by triple-digit or greater percentages, and now comprises most malware. Every one of those attacks represents an attempt at digital extortion, and some go further, threatening to destroy data or leak embarrassing information of those who don’t pay.
It has gotten so bad that government organizations such as the FBI and CISA now issue regular warnings about ransomware. It’s not business as usual.
The one positive from the past year’s headline-grabbing ransomware attacks is they’ve focused attention on cybersecurity and data protection like never before. These are steps that organizations should have been doing all along, but hey, better late than never.
In response, many backup providers have added extra protection to their offerings to fight ransomware. The last thing you want is to go to your backups after a ransomware incident and find they, too, have been infected. Hence the current spate of new offerings in the backup sector to take care of this factor.
“Even if you have a backup, is it consistent and a copy of good data, or is it simply a copy of bad, damaged, infected or corrupt data?” asked Greg Schulz, an analyst with StorageIO Group. “Or worse, what if your multiple copies or backups are also all bad?”
For the MSP community, the good news is that there are plenty of services out there that combine backup with ransomware protection. They include a variety of capabilities to give users confidence in their ability to recover data from a ransomware attack.
When evaluating backup vendors’ ransomware protection capabilities, here are some key features to look for:
Those last points are critical: even if your backup hasn’t been damaged in an attack, you still need to recover it to your production environment. This is where disk has an advantage – data from disk can be recovered significantly faster than tape, and some vendors promise even faster recovery through virtual machines.
Schulz suggests that MSPs seek out vendors that provide robust backup-as-a-service (BaaS) solutions that include ways to protect both data and metadata from ransomware attacks.
Also read: Starting an MSP Backup and Recovery Service: IT Partner Options
We evaluated a variety of BaaS vendors for their ransomware protection capabilities. Here are the ones that stood out in our reviews.
Clumio Protect positions itself as the first Amazon S3 backup data protection. It provides ransomware and bad actor protection, a low Recovery Time Objective (RTO) to meet Service Level Agreements (SLAs), with built-in compliance and cost-effectiveness. Clumio partners with MSPs; its data protection service is available for them as a backup solution for AWS.
Altaro offers BaaS with ransomware protection to MSPs via a monthly subscription program for Hyper-V, VMware and physical server backup. Pay monthly per VM, which includes Altaro VM Backup Unlimited Plus Edition and Multi-tenant Cloud Management Console (CMC).
Kasten K10 deals with Kubernetes data management, enabling organizations to secure their Kubernetes environments with backup solutions that protect deployments from ransomware and data loss. It provides enterprise operations teams an easy-to-use, scalable, and secure system for backup/restore, disaster recovery, and mobility of Kubernetes applications. Policy-driven and extensible, K10 provides a native Kubernetes API and includes features such as full-spectrum consistency, database integrations, automatic application discovery, multi-cloud mobility, and a powerful web-based user interface.
Druva provides cloud data protection and management. Its Druva Compass Partner Program for MSPs aims to minimize the infrastructure MSPs need to deliver data protection and backup services, with ransomware protection included.
MSP360, formerly Cloudberry, provides solutions for MSPs to protect Windows, macOS, and Linux endpoints as well as Microsoft 365 and G Suite accounts with secure data backup solutions and fast restore in the event of a ransomware attack. MSP360 Managed Backup Service (MBS) is built from the CloudBerry Backup technology, integrated with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and many S3-compatible or OpenStack-based cloud storage services.
The Barracuda Backup-MSP appliance is an all-in-one, subscription-based solution that simplifies data backup and recovery from advanced threats, disasters and human error. Also available in a virtual version, the appliance can serve customers running physical, virtual, and multi-site environments from a centralized management console.
N-able Backup can scale with the growth of MSP customers and turn backup services into a driver of profitability. It protects data wherever it is, helps minimize human error, outsmarts ransomware with direct-to-cloud backups, and makes it easy to back up more frequently and archive data longer at no extra cost.
NovaBACKUP Cloud (formerly xSP) is an all-in-one MSP backup and recovery services solution created to make data protection easier and more reliable for service providers.
Further reading:
Data Protection Business Model Requires Nuanced Approach for MSPs
MSPs with Data Protection Expertise Are in Demand
Starting an MSP Backup and Recovery Service: IT Partner Options
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