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Actifio Introduces New Copy Data Virtualization Solution, Actifio One

February 09, 2015

Actifio recently introduced a new product that makes it easier for companies to move their data center to the cloud. With Actifio One, IT departments can rapidly deploy a data center in a cloud environment as part of a permanent migration or a temporary measure to maintain business continuity after a disruptive event.

If there is any one thing that Waltham, Mass.-based Actifio, Inc. is known for, it’s the copy data management platforms it has developed. As a company’s business applications produce data, it can get backed up into tapes, snapshots, and replications in different storage media and sites, which Actifio refers to as ‘copy data’.

If a file is deleted, recovering it can become a harrowing experience, even though it’s stored in the system somewhere. Getting a copy of that file as it existed on a specific date and time (a snapshot) can be especially difficult.

Copy data virtualization simplifies the process of storing and recovering such data. It also eliminates the problem of having a disparate collection of backup and restoration utilities that each storage environment required.

Much of this same technology has been extended to Actifio One. Applications and data stored in a server on the company’s premises can be moved and re-deployed on a cloud server. It is done in such a way that it is transparent to the user and makes the physical location of apps and data insignificant.

This has the potential to revolutionize many aspects of the IT business. Any power outage, act of God or other disruptive event that would stop a premises-based data center from being able to function would not cause the same disruption to a center using Actifio One.

To some, this functionality may seem to be a luxury or ‘nice-to-have’ feature, but it would be critical to many businesses and organizations. Online global retailers could avoid losses from downtime; organizations that deal in emergency situations would maintain continuity under conditions most likely to prevent them from operating. It’s no longer enough to have a backup plan. That plan must also make it easy to resume operations as if nothing happened. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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