Eradicate Malware and Bugs in Seconds with Time-Stamped Clone Volumes: Here’s How

Eradicate Malware and Bugs in Seconds with Time-Stamped Clone Volumes: Here’s How

What’s an IT professional’s worst fear? Data corruption. Malware and bugs can compromise the entire dataset in just a few seconds and can cause complete data loss. In fact, 94% of organizations that endure severe data loss do not recover. Likewise, 70% of smaller organizations that experience data loss go out of business within a year. IT professionals are constantly on the lookout for any instance of corruption within their data. Security is always top of mind when developers are implementing new technologies. So what option do they have to ensure their data is protected? Time-stamped clone volumes.

In this article, we’re taking a closer look at time-stamped clone volumes, what they are and how they work tirelessly to secure and recover data.

What are Time-Stamped Clone Volumes?

A time-stamped clone volume is a data service that enables enterprises to instantly restore data to any point in time without the complexity and expense of snapshots and backups. Time clones allow teams to become more agile with the ability to access data when and where they need it.

For example, say malware completely destroyed your data set at the timestamp of 6:00:01. If your heart just skipped a beat at the thought of all your data being destroyed — we feel your pain. But don’t worry, ionir can help. ionir’s time-stamped clone volumes can be presented at any-point-in-time simply by asking for the name of the data at a previous time such as 6:00:00. That’s right — ionir enables you to restore data to its most ideal state with a 1-second recovery point objective. Pretty cool, huh?

How is the Data Accessed and Addressed?

The important thing to keep in mind is how the data is addressed. Whereas traditional storage systems access data by the location where data is stored, ionir addresses data by its name. 

Let’s break this down. Below are 3 simple steps to eradicating malware in seconds by leveraging time-stamped clone volumes:

  1. Request (6:00:00)
  2. Create a new metadata recipe — Washington, D.C. Volume 1 (6:00:00)
  3. Ignore newly written blocks received after 06:00:00

A proprietary metadata structure separates logical access from physical location and a timestamp is added to the metadata address for each write — removing the location allows data mobility of place and time. Thus, data can be presented at any point in time by simply asking for the name of the data at that time.

For a more detailed look of how the ionir Data Services Platform for Kubernetes works to access data at any time, check out literature: Kubernetes Storage for the Enterprise: How ionir Works.

Why Data Services are Critical for Time-Stamped Clone Volumes

Data gravity growth is expected to double annually from now until 2024. Data gravity bogs down deployment pipelines and can slow down the time to deployment anywhere from days to months! Data services like time-stamped clone volumes on the other hand, accelerate CI/CD pipelines by eliminating data gravity and providing enhanced agility.

Data services give data characteristics it doesn’t already have like adding a metadata name, for example. By adding the new data services characteristic of Time to a volume of data, developers can expect to have an unyielding yet fluid dataset. This means that your data set will be:

  • Inaccessible to attackers
  • Resilient when it comes to errors, deletion and overwrite
  • Able to instantly produce cloned data sets

Now, your data is accessible whenever you want or need it to be! 

Need to see more? Get a before vs after glimpse at the time-saving efficiencies ionir can bring to your organization.

Final Thoughts

Data corruption will never not be scary. Luckily, there are now innovative solutions that ensure the safety and security of your data. With ionir, developers can break the bonds of data gravity via time-stamped clone volumes that provide the necessary agility and flexibility to restore data as it existed at a previous time.

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