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New Feature: Protect Data with Write Once Read Many (WORM) for Backup and Archive

by Christian Smith – November 9, 2017

Businesses are required to keep data for regulatory, compliance, or legal reasons. Despite backup retention policies built into many legacy backup software packages, administrators often have the ability to inadvertently delete or modify data governed by higher-level business requirements, either by changing policy in the backup software or potentially bypassing the backup software and accessing the underlying storage directly.

As the value of data and the need to retain it grows, businesses often want to protect data beyond just setting retention times. In addition to the inherent value of data, regulatory bodies in many industries have stringent data retention requirements which can be costly if not met.

Businesses therefore need an additional enforcement on retention such that people with administrative privileges cannot alter this data. The technology requirement for maintaining read-only access without deletion or modification over a specified period is written into many regulations and internal policies.

One feature which Igneous has recently implemented to enable this administrative protection is the use of Write Once, Read Many (WORM) policies.

What is WORM?

WORM builds data retention into the infrastructure, making it impossible for WORM-protected data to be deleted during a specified retention period (or indefinitely).

WORM-protected data is found in industries like finance, media and entertainment, manufacturing, and healthcare for legal and compliance use cases, where businesses must meet outside data retention requirements, or preservation use cases, where there are internal requirements.

Protect Your Data with Igneous Using WORM

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Enabling WORM is as simple as checking a box on the backup or archive policy. Once this box is checked, any data that gets written to the Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud cannot be deleted until after the expiration date.

This mean administrative users cannot alter policies to shorten the policy time duration and cannot physically delete data off the system. Additionally, all data is audited from the source system. An audit log shows when new data has been added, changed, or deleted from the source system as it gets backed up or archived to Igneous.

Experience Non-disruptive Updates with Zero-Touch Infrastructure

Like all of our software updates, this new feature was rolled out nondisruptively. Customers can now take advantage of WORM without experiencing any interruptions in user activity or applications.

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