On April 1st, Unitrends stunned the backup industry by announcing that it has made a strategic decision to embrace Ransomware and Ransomware-susceptible Windows as its base operating system for backup.  Unitrends announced that it would abandon hardened Linux-based physical and virtual backup appliances “effective immediately.”  This unbelievable revelation comes less than a month after Unitrends simultaneously announced and released a machine-learning-based Ransomware detection capability for its Recovery-Series and Unitrends Backup PBBAs (Purpose Built Backup Appliances) and after more than a decade of shipping Linux-based backup appliances.

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“We decided that much of the backup industry, after confirmed reports of backups being lost on Windows platforms infected by Ransomware, must know what they are doing,” spokesperson April F. Rumour said.  “Our decision process was basically ‘If you can beat them, join them anyway.’  We are looking forward to the many benefits of being a vendor whose customers enjoy the privilege of being attacked by Ransomware not only on their production storage but also on their backup storage as well.”

An estimated 71% of all businesses have already been targeted by Ransomware.  The most widely spread Ransomware variants that evolved in 2016 such as Cerber (discovered March 2016),  CryptXXX (discovered April 2016), Locky (February 2016) all target Windows-based systems.

“Protecting Windows servers and virtual machines, whether hosted on VMware, Hyper-V, XenServer, KVM, or any other hypervisor, with Windows-based backup is equivalent to putting all your eggs in one basket,” explained April F. Rumour.  “And who doesn’t like a basketful of eggs?  Sure, if you make a mistake and fall – you lose all of your eggs.  But that’s a small price to pay, right?  I’m actually thinking about starting my own egg basket business – I don’t anticipate Unitrends will be around much longer after this.  But then again, maybe I can move into marketing – it would be one heck of a challenge to try to convince people that they are better off trying to protect Windows physical and virtual servers with Windows-based backup.”