IBM and data security and backup provider Cohesity have formed a new partnership, calling for Cohesity\u2019s data protection functionality to be incorporated into an upcoming IBM storage product suite, dubbed Storage Defender, for better protection of end-user organizations\u2019 critical information.\nThe capabilities of Cohesity's DataProtect backup and recovery product will be one of four main feature sets in the Storage Defender program, according to an announcement from IBM Thursday.\nThe Storage Defender suite is designed to bring together IBM and third-party products in order to unify primary, secondary replication, and backup management, said IBM. It\u2019s an as-a-service offering that features a single-pane-of-glass interface, SLA-driven policy automation and the ability to work with a wide variety of data sources, including physical storage, cloud hypervisors, and an assortment of different database types.\nDataProtect also provides snapshot functionality and cybervaulting for quick recovery from ransomware incidents or other disasters, as well as reduced data footprints via deduplication and compression.\nThe idea, according to IBM\u2019s announcement, is to provide modern scale-out architecture to the company\u2019s clients, while simultaneously offering some peace of mind in a world where cyberattacks remain common.\n\u201cWhen we looked at the overall market, we were impressed by the Cohesity platform and team\u2019s differentiated focus on scalability, simplicity, and security,\u201d according to a statement from the general manager of IBM Storage, Denis Kennelly. \u201cCyberattacks are on the rise, but data can be protected and restored when you are prepared.\u201d\nIn addition to Cohesity\u2019s DataProtect, the newly announced Storage Defender also integrates IBM Storage Protect, which has been renamed from \u201cSpectrum Protect.\u201d This is an organizational software offering designed to provide resilience and integration for a range of different storage form factors. Storage Defender also includes IBM\u2019s Storage FlashSystem, an all-flash storage platform for high performance workloads, and Storage Fusion, which is a data orchestration engine designed to work with containerized applications.\nIBM said that Storage Defender will likely become generally available in the second quarter of this year, with Storage Protect and Cohesity DataProtect being the first feature sets available. Pricing details were not available at the time of this article\u2019s publication, but IBM did say that Storage Defender will be sold both directly through the company and via its business partners.