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IBM and Actifio to Give Customers a Leg Up With Data Virtualization

February 5, 2014

IBM announced today that it has partnered with Actifio, a provider of products and services for copy data management, to bring a new data virtualization service to its cloud portfolio.

IBM SmartCloud Data Virtualization (SCDV) leverages Actifio’s Virtual Data Pipeline to help organizations that are trying to move their data from physical infrastructure into the cloud.

The product will help break down silos that impede businesses’ ability to move their data to where it needs to be. It enables virtual copies to be made of the original, physical data, regardless of where it is stored, “in support of any business application.”

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“IBM’s SmartCloud Data Virtualization combines the power of Actifio’s data virtualization platform with IBM’s Resiliency technology and operational reliability,” said Laurence Guihard-Joly, GM, Business Continuity and Resiliency Services, IBM, in a release. “As part of our growing portfolio of cloud software, services and expertise that help clients tackle any IT or business challenge with confidence, security and trust, SCDV will not only offer many customers faster recovery times at better price points, it will enable them to leverage their protected data as a business asset rather than simply an insurance policy.”

Customers using SCDV will realize a number of benefits, including increased storage capacity, improved data centre utilization, quick recovery of critical servers.

The service also ensures rapid application recovery and point-in-time data snapshots, and application recoverability can be tested in real-time without any interruptions in the production system.

Ash Ashutosh, founder and CEO, Actifio, stated that the company is “excited that IBM has chosen [its] platform for this strategic cloud initiative” and that “thousands of IBM customers are not able to achieve better SLAs for more mission critical applications.”

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