Actifio: Dramatically Reduce your Storage footprint and Restore anything Instantly

Industries all over the globe are facing a dramatic increase of data and a large majority of it is excess copy data. This copy data is one of the driving forces behind the increase in data. The IDC reports that while production data is growing at about 8% annually, copies of production data called “copy data” have been growing 5 times that rate. The vast majority of IT departments deploy separate vendor specific tools, each performing the same four basic operations of Copy, Store, Move, and Restore of data. This creates an average of 13-120 duplicate copies of data  which in turn can result having to spend 5x more on infrastructure. for managing such data. This, According to IDC, is estimated to be a 44 billion dollar global problem.

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Please visit  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYeGQfiyxJI to learn about the copy data problem in 2 minutes or less.

MetroTech has recently partnered with Actifio who has developed a game changing , unique solution that fixes this overload of copy data. Actifio radically simplifies copy data storage by virtualizing the storage and management of data. Actifio can replace any or all of the siloed data protection and availability storage applications a company might be using, with a single system that’s purpose-built to manage copy data. Their protection and availability storage (PAS) creates a single, perfect copy of production data and maintains changes to that master copy in a way that gives users a simple application running in a single window to recover anything, from any time, instantly.  Doing so delivers recovery times in minutes instead of hours, even for large scale application data sets, while slashing total cost of ownership by as much as 90 percent versus the traditional model.

So How does it work ?

Actifio’s Copy Data Storage (CDS) is based on patented Virtual Data Pipeline™(VDP) technology.  This technology’s function is to virtualize production data copy management, to eliminate redundancies and re-purpose the unique data for multiple data management applications. For Example, Virtual Data Pipeline or VDP efficiently captures a single copy or “gold copy” of changed data from the server and reuses the data for multiple uses, allowing the applications to directly access the copy data from Actifio PAS without any data movement.

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Actifio solution deployment has virtually no production performance impact, and requires no change to existing
 data management applications

Benfitis of Actifio

  1. Save on licensing and hardware costs that you need today to support multiple, siloed data protection solutions like backup, snapshot, DR/BC, Test and Dev. etc .
  2. Lower the cost to protect your data. Actifio is able to reduce complexity and allow you to manage your environment all through a single application. This will free up your IT staff to work on projects that will add more value to your business.
  3. Reduce Bandwidth by up to 80%. Actifio dedups, globally, right up front in the process rather than at the second tier of storage. Moving less data across the network means you need less network to move the data, which in turn saves you money.
  4. Reduce Storage Footprint by up to 95%. Since there is no longer a need to store multiple copies of data, storage frees up instantly.

But the real differentiators with this solution are that not only does it reduce your TCO by up to 90%, but it also allows you to INSTANTLY RECOVER from any kind of downtime because your virtual “gold” copy is always available. Actifio eliminates restore windows and enables recovery time objectives measured in seconds, not minutes or hours, even for multi-terabyte files. Just use the Application Manager to select the application, choose the restore point, and pick a recovery option, and in just seconds, you’re up and running again.

For further information please download Actifio’s Whitepaper here, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

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