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Actifio GO – the Copy Data Management SaaS Platform

Over 9 years ago, we did the pioneering research in identifying that Copy Data was not only the source of exploding storage costs, but also the source of exponentially increasing time needed to protect and recover data, time needed to allow developers and analytics to access data, and the time needed to ensure governance and compliance of data. On an average, 13 copies of production data were being stored in individual silos of storage systems and at least 8 different tools were being used to manage lifecycle of data.

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The Benefits of Deploying Data Management at Scale for Large Enterprises

We’re witnessing a very large digital transformation that’s happening in industry.  Everybody wants to leverage the cloud to make their enterprise data centers run like the cloud.  And one of the fundamental reasons to do this is the scale at which the data is evolving.

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The Impact of Customer Centric User Conferences

If you are an IT professional who’s been around a while, you probably remember when the big trade shows were industry events, not single-vendor conferences. COMDEX and CeBIT drew hundreds of thousands of people to Las Vegas and Hannover, Germany, respectively. Every vendor large enough to fill a booth exhibited at these events, and customers got a chance to learn about a lot of different options to keep their IT departments at the forefront of innovation and efficiency.

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Nutanix vs Vmware

How Nutanix AHV and VMware vSphere Stack Up

With the fairly recent advent of hyper-converged appliances, a lot of IT functions in organizations are looking to move from siloed service provider to a consolidated services provider. In hyper converged infrastructure, storage and compute are integrated so that they can run adjacent to each other on the same hardware. The new entrant to the billion dollar Unicorn club Nutanix is giving tough fight to incumbents and bigger rivals in this space.

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Security & the Internet of Things: Are Our Devices Safe?

After October's massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in which several major web properties, including Twitter, Reddit, Spotify, Seamless were brought down by a botnet of hundreds of thousands of infected internet connected DVRs and cameras, there is a long list of questions to consider as the Internet of Things (IoT) takes hold. What about standards? What are the security and international protocols? How will we deal with data management structures? Where will we put all that new data? A lot of data. We’ll need to understand what’s possible and then decide if, just because it is possible, should it happen or not?

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The Huge Advantages of Flash Storage

Flash storage has been cropping up more and more lately as the number of organizations adopting it keeps increasing. In fact, we recently announced our partnership with Pure Storage in October in which we're offering a bundled test data management software solution built off of Pure's flash storage.

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Fast is the New Big – A New Solution to Enable the Digital Enterprise

Every week, it seems like I meet someone in IT who says, in so many words, “we’re now a software company in the (blank) industry”. In the last month alone, I’ve heard that at an automotive manufacturer, a national bank, and a utility company. What scares these people the most is the acknowledgement that they aren’t really software companies. Structurally and philosophically they are still auto companies, banks, and utilities. Their competitors, on the other hand, are built-from-the-ground-up actual software companies. They’re the new disruptors.   These firms move fast, with a sense-and-respond approach to innovation and customer engagement. A CIO at that bank said he wasn’t focused on the bank across the street; he was concerned about FinTech startups in the Valley eating his lunch.

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Copy Data Management = Polymorphism

I’d like to share a fascinating insight from a customer. Our sales team asked me to join them for a face-to-face discussion with the company’s VP of development and his team. After the introductions, he explained the key problem. His Dev & QA teams were struggling to execute their unit testing, build integration testing, and QA testing fast enough, in spite of automation. They identified that too many critical issues were being found late, in UAT, which delayed their release cycles and led to a lot of heartburn inside the company. When they looked into the cause of the quality issues, they found that for 80% of the release cycle they were testing against low-fidelity synthetically generated test data, instead of data from production. The code testing against such dummy data did not expose the code defects earlier in the test cycles.

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How to Not Lose Sleep When You Have 30, 50, or even 100TB Databases

While I’m not in sales, I am lucky enough to talk to enterprise IT organizations a lot in my travels – about 10 meetings or calls a week. Recently, I have been discovering more environments than ever that have 50 or 100 TB Oracle databases, 10-15-20TB Microsoft SQL Server instances, i.e. many VLDBs (a.k.a. very large databases, which has to be one of the funniest acronyms in tech after JBOD). There are some common emotional patterns across the organizations who have such environments.

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How Healthcare Organizations Can Reshape Data Efficiency and Expand Operational Possibilities

Every modern healthcare organization relies on information technology to function. IT is central to the time, costs and complexities that either obstruct or accelerate progress. However, a Harvard Business Review study1 found that healthcare leaders see “outdated or ineffective IT infrastructure as their major roadblock.” Addressing that, we’ve seen healthcare agencies implement Actifio to collapse costs and time factors while gaining remarkable efficiencies. These aren’t simple incremental adjustments but transformational health care delivery models.

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