Spreading the Joy of Backup

At Actifio, we’re all about the data. Your data. How you manage it, use it, share it, protect it. And, coming away from our participation in a recent Gartner enterprise IT event, I’m amazed at how frustrated so many enterprises remain in accomplishing each of these essentials. Again and again visitors to our booth made it clear that the challenges of Backup/DR have not been solved for the vast majority. They aren’t happy with the complexity, cost and resources consumed. They’re fed up with the proliferation of disparate uncoordinated tools. And, most of all, they’re exasperated by poor performance. Backups take forever and recovery even longer – if it works at all.

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5 Key Traits That Every DevOps Team Should Have

DevOps is the word of the decade for IT professionals, and with good reason. Making the shift successfully can result in a number of business transformations including speed, reduced costs, and better control and quality.

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Actifio + Verizon Enterprise Solutions = Freedom

Are you trapped in your own infrastructure?

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5 Invaluable Insights from Top DevOps Thinkers

DevOps, once an unheard-of concept just a few years ago, is proving itself to be more of a mainstay than a passing fad in IT organizations across the world. More and more teams are adopting the methodology, while industry heavy-weights are turning their attention toward it as well--and for good reason -- it makes sense. In fact, in Gartner’s 2015 DevOps survey, they found that 60% of organizations are either currently, or are planning to use a DevOps approach to IT, meaning that organizations not using the framework are now in the minority.

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Think Different: How to Modernize Modern Data Backup

Breakthroughs begin with new thinking. Last September marked the eighteenth anniversary of Apple’s “Think different” marketing campaign. Featuring pictures of Edison, Picasso, Rosa Parks, Einstein, Maria Callas and other well-known thinkers, we were encouraged to join in, to “Think different” – to stand out from a crowd. Few would dispute that Apple has successfully done that for nearly two decades. Thomas Watson’s famous “THINK” signs posted all over NCR and later, IBM, supposedly inspired the slogan. The implication being that Watson would agree with Jobs in honoring “the ones who see things differently”, because “they invent, they explore, they create.” “Because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

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10 Must Read DevOps Articles to Stay in the Know for 2016

It is becoming more and more common for enterprises to implement DevOps practices. The benefits that come from this implementation are exponential. Heading into the new year, we think it’s important to share these 10 articles to show how leaders are adopting DevOps and the value it provides.

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Government Data Centers Meet The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

At roughly $80 billion in annual spending, the US Federal Government is the world’s largest consumer of information technology. That budget funds pervasive IT use across hundreds of agencies (nobody is certain how many). To better manage the extraordinary costs, in December 2014 Congress enacted the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). This isn't their first attempt at control. Back in 1996, there was the Clinger–Cohen Act (CCA), formerly the Information Technology Management Reform (ITMRA), that was intended to improve federal government acquisition, use, and disposal of IT resources. And of course, in 2010, there was the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) started by the Information Officers Council (IOC) and later merged with PortfolioStat.

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5 Ways to Save Millions on Data Protection and Application Development in 2016

You’ve heard of server virtualization. You’ve heard of network virtualization. But have you considered virtualizing your data yet? Although they were once concepts that seemed outlandish, server and network virtualization brought about a number of benefits for the users who came around to adopting them, eventually going on to become commonplace in today’s enterprise IT departments. We’ll soon be seeing the same for data virtualization.

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Service Providers Provide

“Old IT” needs to go. Cloud dynamics change everything. Service Providers know that because they’re facing all the same complex business and technology challenges that their clients face. Both need to align technology with business objectives. They want to increase efficiency, reduce complexity, decrease costs, and enhance business agility. They need to adapt.

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A Competitive Corporate Cloud Blend

Unauthorized use of public cloud services is a contentious issue we encounter as we design the initial Actifio architecture for new clients. Every CIO faces it, and most are scratching their heads about how to address it. One recent example is a large North American enterprise with locations spread across 50 states, Mexico, and Canada. This company is highly dependent on sophisticated central IT services. No surprise that financial controls, operational management, information security and IP protection are all of primary importance.

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