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Law firm makes a case for Actifio copy data virtualization

November 24, 2015

Law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP brought in Actifio Inc. copy data virtualization appliances in mid-2014 to help complete a tricky file-system move across data centers. Within a year, the firm ditched Commvault software and adopted Actifio for all of its data protection.

Sutherland, with headquarters in Atlanta, has offices throughout the United States, as well as London and Geneva. David Tefft, Sutherland’s director of network operations, said the firm has approximately 1,000 IT users.

Tefft said he came across Actifio when looking for a way to solve a particular problem.

“We had a 70-terabyte file system that we needed to move from our Virginia data center to our Atlanta data center,” he said. “We didn’t want to physically pick everything up and move it, because we couldn’t allow for that amount of downtime. It was litigation-type data — millions and millions and millions of little files, so a typical backup to tape and restore would’ve taken too long. We also wanted to protect a legacy accounting system that doesn’t have any built-in data protection.”

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