Actifio™, the Protection and Availability Storage (PAS) platform company, today announced that WattMaster Controls, Inc. has solved its most pressing data management challenges while implementing full disaster recovery with the award-winning PAS appliance. With its corporate data doubling in size every nine months since 2007, WattMaster leveraged Actifio to reverse their data explosion and eliminate their backup software and recovery windows.

Founded in 1977, WattMaster has established itself as a leader in electronic controllers, growing its product line to include energy management systems and complete building automation systems along with OEM controls for many major HVAC manufacturers and industrial automation companies. With their rapid business expansion, the amount of digital files and corporate data has skyrocketed along with the increased requirement for data protection and disaster recovery.

“Our business has expanded dramatically over the past ten years, and as such, our digital assets have grown exponentially,” said WattMaster CEO Michael Hobbs. “To accelerate the development of new product lines while managing our business more efficiently, we needed to find a better way to protect our intellectual property data without squandering critical IT resources. Fortunately, we discovered the Actifio PAS platform – which carefully safeguards our data while more than doubling the productivity of our IT team and significantly reducing overall data management costs.”

WattMaster installed the Actifio PAS platform and within a few short weeks completely eliminated their backup software and the associated backup and restore windows while also implementing data replication for disaster recovery. This enabled WattMaster to solve three data management challenges with a single turnkey solution.

“With Actifio PAS installed, I can sleep better at night knowing that our data can be restored and brought back online quickly and efficiently,” said Carlo Vasalle, senior IT manager, WattMaster. “With its intuitive user interface, the PAS platform is so easy to use that any one of my technicians can easily restore and bring data back online within minutes or a few short hours at the most. It is a highly versatile appliance that solves multiple data management challenges simultaneously.”

The Actifio PAS platform is optimized for managing copies of production data, eliminating redundant silos of infrastructure and data management applications. By virtualizing the management and retention of data, Actifio transforms the need for multiple data silos and point tools deployed for backup, disaster recovery, business continuity, compliance, analytics and test and development into one SLA-driven, virtualized Protection and Availability storage device.

“Backup software as we know it, is dead – obsolete,” said Ash Ashutosh, founder and CEO of Actifio. “With organizations virtualizing servers in the data center, it is time to revisit the arcane practices of backup, disaster recovery and business continuity. By getting rid of the complex, expensive and inflexible collection of multiple point tools, organizations like WattMaster are rapidly embracing Actifio PAS to achieve the benefits of virtualization – enhanced business availability, vendor independence and improved utilization, all at a significantly lower cost.”

About WattMaster Controls, Inc.
WattMaster Controls, Inc. was founded in 1977, primarily to build electronic controllers for Tempmaster Corporation’s line of air distribution equipment and systems. The Company continued to expand its product line to include energy management systems, and later, complete building automation systems. WattMaster has also been very involved in the design and production of OEM controls for many major HVAC manufacturers and industrial automation companies. WattMaster continues to grow and expand its product lines to meet the demands of the rapidly changing HVAC industry.

About Actifio
Actifio, the Protection and Availability Storage (PAS) platform company, pioneered the industry’s first storage system optimized for managing copies of production data, eliminating redundant silos of IT infrastructure and data management applications. By introducing virtualization into data management, Actifio delivers an application-centric, SLA-driven solution that decouples the management of data from storage, network and server infrastructure and reduces costs by 10X. Actifio has helped liberate IT organizations and service providers of all sizes from vendor lock-in and the management challenges associated with exploding data growth.

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