I’ve been working with VMware, Storage and Data Protection for sometime now and over the years I’ve seen data protection products come and go.
A lot of the products/applications/appliances showed innovative, cutting edge technology but often focused on one particular area or system type which left the product lacking and often missed the mark when it came to providing a complete solution.
What do I mean by “Complete ” ? – For example, alot of products over the last few years completely focused on Virtual Infrastructure which while very important, large customers found this to be just another product to manage on top of existing enterprise backup infrastructure.
This post is not a technical review about Actifio PAS (Protection, Availability and Storage) that will likely come later… At the moment I’ve just come out of a technical deep dive session with the guys who work out of the Australian office and thought id share.
Its one thing to see a presentation, or sit in on a technical deep dive session, but untill you’ve used, touched, prodded something, you really cant be sure. I’m really interested to hear from anyone who’s using it to purely protect Virtual Infrastructure as well as people using it to protect both Physical and Virtual Infrastructure.
Here’s a description from the Website: “Actifio’s Protection and Availability Storage (PAS) platform is the industry’s first solution optimized for managing copies of production data, resulting in the elimination of redundant silos of IT infrastructure and data management applications. By virtualizing the management and retention of data, Actifio transforms the chaos of multiple silos of infrastructure and point tools traditionally deployed for backup, disaster recovery, business continuity, compliance, analytics, and test and development into one, Service Level-driven, virtualized Protection and Availability storage device. Actifio PAS delivers a radically simple, application-centric, policy-driven solution that decouples the management of data from storage, network and server infrastructure, resulting in 10X reduction in costs.”
Whats Next ? – From what I saw yesterday it seems to do it all, Backup, Snapshots, Deduplication, Replication…. now its time to dig deeper and find out if it really is the whole package “complete” solution that I’m hoping it is. I have a follow up call planned with the guys from Actifio next week and I will update this post if anything interesting comes out of it.
One of the things which really got my attention yesterday was the support for VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0, me likey likey.
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