Cloud Computing

Actifio Introduces Actifio One, the Business Resiliency Cloud

Actifio, the copy data virtualization company, today announced the launch of Actifio One, the business resiliency cloud. Actifio One is a cloud-based service built on Actifio’s copy data virtualization technology that provides businesses of all sizes with the fastest and easiest way to make their applications available when and where they need them. Built on Actifio’s revolutionary Virtual Data Pipeline™ (VDP) technology, Actifio One replaces a hodgepodge of data protection and management tools with a single, cloud-based service you can set and forget to protect applications and databases running on physical servers, VMware, Windows, Hyper-v, Linux, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server.

Today most midsize businesses have a solution in place to back up their physical machines, and another solution to protect their virtual ones. They have a solution to handle snapshots, and another for replication; a point tool for tape because it’s inexpensive, and a point tool for disk because it’s fast. The result is a system too hard to build, manage, and pay for. Worst of all, most companies end up with little confidence they’ll be able to have access to the applications most important to their business when something – inevitably – goes wrong.

Actifio One isn’t just another backup destination in the cloud, and it’s not another point tool to add to the pile. It’s a single, integrated, hybrid cloud solution that combines a small but powerful software download with all of the cloud-based resources required to not just store application data but to restore the capability of applications themselves in the cloud, on demand, for either business resiliency or cloud burst management. Customers manage the system through an easy-to-use, browser-based portal, and are able to fail over and fail back as required without missing a beat.

Key features include:

  • Cloud-based service – Easy, flexible, and agile. Customers can tier, protect, provision, and recover applications in minutes.
  • Enterprise grade security & auditability – Encrypted in motion, and (optionally) at rest. Control access centrally, and know who has access to what data when.
  • Radically simple – Self-service approach puts the customer in control.
  • Wide platform support – Physical, VMware, Hyper-v, WIN & Linux, and all major databases.
  • Powered by the Virtual Data Pipeline™ – Built on the same copy data virtualization technology trusted by hundreds of enterprise users in 36 countries for the protection and instant provisioning of more than three exabytes of enterprise data.
  • Service providers looking to leverage public cloud infrastructure can also look to Actifio One. By eliminating capital expenditure requirements and accelerating provisioning times, Actifio One provides an alternative to service providers looking to deliver managed services such as backup, vault, and low RTO recovery services for a wide variety of applications on physical and virtual infrastructure.

“Actifio One provides users and service providers of all sizes with a fast, affordable, and radically simple way to access their most important applications wherever and whenever they need to,” said Ash Ashutosh, Actifio founder and CEO. “The bundling of our VDP technology with public cloud infrastructure offers businesses of all sizes the ability to move beyond backup, to a true business resiliency model formerly available only to the largest enterprise customers.”

Storage Virtualization

Actifio Launches PAS 20T, Radically Simple Copy Data Management for the Midmarket

VMworld US 2012
Actifio™, the radically simple copy data management company, today launched a new addition to its award-winning Protection and Availability Storage (PAS) portfolio: PAS 20T. Designed for zero-administration and zero-install, PAS 20T is a single, virtualized solution for data protection, disaster recovery, business continuity, test and development or any application that creates copies of production data. Extending Actifio’s full line of radically simple copy data management offerings, PAS 20T allows a user to manage application data with a single Service Level Agreement (SLA) and recover it instantly for any application (virtual or physical) from any point-in-time, at any location.

PAS 20T is a single, complete system, with integrated storage capacity, to protect and instantly recover up to 20TB of application data, at up to 90 percent less than the cost of supporting a complex tangle of siloed data protection and availability applications. Actifio is presenting live demonstrations of this breakthrough solution at its VMworld booth (#216) on August 26-30, 2012.

“Building on the successful extension of the PAS platform to larger enterprises through the 5.0 release, we wanted to drive down the complexity and cost of copy data management for smaller VMware environments,” said Actifio CEO Ash Ashutosh. “The cost and complexity of storage and data management tools have become major barriers for SMB markets to address enterprise-class data management business requirements like efficient data protection, disaster recovery or business continuity. By ushering virtualization technology into data management, Actifio is delivering the benefits users have come to expect from virtualization: radical simplicity, agility, instant recovery and access to data… all at 90 percent lower costs.”

PAS 20T is an industry-first copy data management solution built to protect both physical and virtual servers running Linux and Windows, including object level recovery for Microsoft File Server, SQL Server, Exchange and SharePoint. The system is ideal for VMware environments, directly integrating through the VMware vStorage API to virtualize the common data management functions – Copy, Store, Move and Restore – into a single, fully optimized, and dramatically more efficient storage platform.

Additional Key Benefits:

  • Application-centric SLA-based management allows users to define their SLA in terms data capture frequency and retention time.
  • Heterogeneous, network-optimized replication of enterprise data allows users to replicate data for disaster recovery at more than 95 percent lower bandwidth.
  • Instant data availability from any point in time with zero backup and restore windows. Users simply mount a point-in-time copy of their application directly from the Actifio storage system.
  • Instant virtual copies of data for test and development require no additional storage footprint.

Since its debut last year, Actifio’s PAS platform has already been installed by hundreds of customers including Boston University Medical Center, City of South Portland and Jones & Bartlett Learning, among others, and sold by 120 value added resellers worldwide. PAS has transformed the underlying economics of enterprise storage by tackling the real driver of today’s data storage explosion: copy data.

PAS 20T is the first solution to bring enterprise-class data management to millions of midmarket enterprises worldwide. The new solution is available immediately in limited quantities; general availability is scheduled for Q4 2012.

Server Virtualization

Actifio PAS Solution Helps Reverse Data Explosion and Eliminate Backup Software

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.

Storage Virtualization

Actifio Bulks Up with $33.5 Million to Extend Leadership in Virtualizing Data Management

Actifio™, the Protection and Availability Storage (PAS) platform company, today announced that it has raised $33.5 million in an over-subscribed Series C financing round. Andreessen Horowitz led the round and joins existing investors North Bridge Venture Partners, Greylock Partners and Advanced Technology Ventures in the new investment, targeted towards executing on the growth phase of Actifio. The investment signals a rapid shift in the data management and backup industry, away from traditional point tools used for backup, disaster recovery, deduplication, and business continuity that increase overall cost and complexity, toward the radically simple approach Actifio’s PAS platform represents. Peter Levine, a veteran enterprise IT executive and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, has joined the Company’s board.

Actifio plans to use the funds to expand operations globally, increase awareness and capitalize on the rapid adoption of its PAS platform by managed service providers (MSPs), cloud service providers and those organizations grappling with the management challenges associated with Big Data. According to IDC, “Big Data developments will be perhaps the most critical new marketplace for storage solutions providers in the coming decade. Providing a strong portfolio of complete Big Data solutions – hardware, software, and implementation services – will be a high priority to succeed.”1

With exponential growth in the amount of data being managed by organizations, companies are consistently struggling to ensure that data is protected and quickly recoverable to meet business needs. Actifio’s mission is to virtualize management of data and consumerize the operations to enable transformation of the data center into an SLA-driven services organization. Beginning with addressing IT’s most frustrating challenges (backup, disaster recovery and business continuity), the Actifio PAS platform is expanding to address test and development, analytics, compliance, e-discovery and other business-critical requirements, creating a new category of storage that efficiently virtualizes and manages copies of production data.

“We’ve watched Ash and his team at Actifio transform the company from an innovative startup applying virtualization to data management to a well-established market leader transforming data management into a virtualized service,” said Peter Levine, general partner, Andreessen Horowitz. “Actifio combines two core areas in which I have personally spent decades working in: data management and virtualization. By leveraging virtualization to break down backup software, Actifio is actually helping enterprises solve the problems associated with trying to manage massive amounts of data.”

Today’s storage systems are designed to support real-time production data and have been inefficiently used to store the copies for various business requirements. 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 that reduces costs by 10X. Because Actifio PAS instantly protects and recovers large amounts of data, there are zero backup windows, reducing any lag time and freeing business application servers from time consuming backup tasks.

“Virtualization and Cloud are at the core of IT transformation, and the time has come for businesses worldwide to benefit from introducing these technologies to data management,” said Ash Ashutosh, founder and CEO of Actifio. “Over the past three years we’ve worked closely with our clients to help them drastically simplify their infrastructures and save millions of dollars by moving beyond their reliance on traditional point tools like backup software, replication, device-dependent snapshots, and others. This financing further empowers our team and clients to completely shift the way we think about traditional, legacy IT solutions and virtualizing the management of data – including eliminating backup software. This is a similar paradigm shift ushered in by VMware, Microsoft, Oracle and others, via server virtualization.”