Portworx adds anti-ransomware to PX-Backup for Kubernetes

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Pure Storage will add anti-ransomware object locking in its Portworx PX-Backup product while the Portworx Data Services database-as-a-service offering and PX-backup-as-a-service will now be generally available, according to announcements from Pure at the KubeCon event in Spain.

Portworx is Pure Storage’s container storage and data protection platform. There were also some additions to the main product, Portworx Enterprise.

PX-Backup 2.2 has added object locking, which can be on any object storage, on-premise or in the cloud and including non-Pure Storage products. This is aimed at recovery from ransomware attacks, where customers can restore to existing copies of their data that have been placed beyond reach of bad actors by locking them.

Portworx will add SafeMode immutable snapshot functionality to PX-Backup in Q4 of 2022. SafeMode already exists as an immutable snapshot feature in Pure’s Purity operating system.

PX-Backup was originally launched in 2019 at Kubecon, to address pain points in addition to the core storage-related functionality tackled by Portworx as a data management tool for Kubernetes.

Meanwhile, a couple of products previously on limited programmes have gone to general availability. These include Portworx Data Services, which brings the ability to run and manage a range of databases in Kubernetes.

“It’s a single-click curated set of databases and Portworx can manage deployment from day one to day three,” said Venkat Ramankrishnan, vice-president for product engineering with Portworx. “Most platform admins don’t have wide skills in databases and vice versa with database admins and Kubernetes. It is aimed at filling these gaps in skills.”


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