VMware Data Management Using Actifio – Backup, Recovery, Business Continuity & More
Actifio provides the most efficient solution for comprehensive data management of your VMware virtual machines. Whether you need a better way to backup VMs, are seeking a means to restore VMware servers instantly, or simply need more efficient VMware data management, Actifio can help.
Actifio copy data storage is the most effective platform for VMware data management. Actifio eliminates excess copies, shrinks the storage footprint, reduces the amount of data moving around your network, and reduces the burden on your VMware ESX servers. We do this through our virtual data pipeline that virtualizes the core primitives of data management: copy, store, move and restore.
Actifio integrates deeply with VMware’s vSphere and the vCenter management server, with direct access through the VMware vStorage APIs. In order to ease setup, Actifio performs an automatic discovery of guests, applications, volumes and file systems. VMware specific environments are discovered by querying vCenter for a list of ESX servers and the VM’s running on those servers. Once discovered, Actifio will communicate directly with the vCenter management server to initiate data collection by taking a VMware snapshot of a virtual machine. Actifio uses snapshots with change-block-tracking (CBT) technology to instantly capture application-consistent copies of data. This enables Actifio to capture changes from the production environment, in the most space-efficient manner, while delivering a true incremental-forever architecture. VMware VM snapshots provide Actifio with an application consistent view of the blocks on the virtual disk(s) inside of a VM.
Newly imported data is de-duplicated across all physical and virtual servers managed by Actifio’s copy data storage and are compressed prior to being written to disk. A critical differentiator and driver of savings, Actifio storage replication does not require storage array vendor licenses as data is sent from one Actifio system to another. Replication is heterogeneous, from any supported array to any supported array (Tier 1 to Tier 2 and/or Vendor A to Vendor B). Actifio supports Sync and Async replication, fully integrated with VMware vCenter Site Recovery ManagerTM, as well as patented DeDup Async and DeDup Backup replication.
For data recovery and access, Actifio is an intelligent storage subsystem that can instantly create a consistent “view” of the application data from a past point in time, and allow applications to access it instantly via Fibre Channel or iSCSI connectivity, just as if accessing a traditional storage system. Virtual copies of any data set can be used for file/folder level data recovery, for test and development, or for full VM instant recovery. Actifio can mount one or more of the virtual disks within a point-in-time copy of a VM to a physical host, an existing VM, or a new VM it creates on-the-fly. Virtual server or physical server data sets can also be copied from any application-consistent point in the system to restore a copy in a separate storage location anywhere in the customer environment.
To learn more about how Actifio works with VMware virtual machines, please download our whitepaper: Redefining VMware Data Management with Actifio.
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