MongoDB Data Management Challenges

Large Backup Window

Most enterprise backup products perform weekly full and daily Incremental backups

Large RPO

Large backup windows lead to large RPOs which often exceed 24 hours

Large RTO

Traditional data recoveries lead to large RTOs because data has to be converted from custom backup format to native MongoDB format

Slow & Expensive DB Cloning

Too much time and storage is consumed by physical clones used for Dev, Test, UAT and Analytics

Expensive Data Retention

Retaining information in proprietary format in dedup appliances or tapes makes it expensive and hard to access data for compliance

No Effective Cloud Leverage

Traditional backup formats make it too complex, slow, and cumbersome to leverage on-demand cloud data warehouse services

Actifio for MongoDB

The Ideal Solution

An incremental forever backup solution that backs up only changed blocks

An incremental forever backup solution that can lower the RPO to 1 hour, and capture transaction logs every 15 minutes

An instant mount of the backup that is fully read/write enabled and that can lower RTO by up to 10x

Instant virtual mounts to multiple test environments that can reduce time and storage by up to 10x

Instant access from backups stored in scalable and cheap object storage can reduce costs and satisfy retention requirements

Instant mount of database data in native format that can accelerate analytics using ETL to AWS Redshift or Google BigQuery

Key Features: Backup & Disaster Recovery

“We cut recovery points and times from three days to hours. No more tape! We’re able to recover corrupted business intelligence databases in minutes where it once took hours.”

– Bill Croteau, Infrastructure Services Director, Electric Insurance

Instant Recovery (Low RTO)

Users can perform instant recoveries and access a multi TB database in just minutes

Zero Down Time

Actifio Sky supports MongoDB active and secondary copies and allows automated migration of fail-over production databases from Actifio storage to production storage with zero down time

Small Backup Window

After the first full backup, all backups are incremental forever. Actifio Sky uses advanced Change Block Tracking technologies for application consistent backups

Replicate to Any Cloud

Users can set SLAs to replicate from Actifio Sky in one location to a Sky in another data center or public cloud like AWS, Azure, IBM, or any MSP. Users can then do instant low RTO DR and DR testing at the remote site. DR testing does not impact production or continuing backup and replication

Flexible RPO

Users can set SLAs to replicate incremental backups anywhere between 1 hour to 24 hours. For lower than 1 hour RPOs, log backups can be backed up and replicated every 15 minutes

Key Features: Database Cloning

“Actifio allows us to create self-service copies of VLDB’s on demand. It drastically reduces time to provision copies from 18 hours to 15 minutes. We have also reduced our storage footprint by over 50%.”

Source: Gartner Peer Insight

Space Efficient

The virtual copies do not take any extra storage space. For example: 20 users/projects can create 20 virtual copies of a 5 TB database without consuming any extra storage. Incremental extra storage is only required to store changes corresponding to modifications done to a virtual database clone

Instant Copies

Irrespective of the size of database, whether 1TB or 50TB, users can provision multiple virtual database clones within minutes

High Performance

Actifio Sky can easily handle 130,000 IOPs from multiple virtual MongoDB database clones

Role Based Access Control

Actifio admins can control WHO can access WHAT databases on WHICH servers, thus ensuring IT Ops has sufficient controls

Self Service

Users can use their domain user accounts to login to Actifio Sky and provision virtual database clones in a self service manner

Data Masking Integration

Enable automated data masking by enabling Actifio admins to specify any 3rd party data masking server, script and schedule. This ensures that data is masked automatically and testers get access to ONLY masked copies

Automated & Efficient Data Refresh

Actifio Sky ingests only changed blocks from production to refresh virtual database clones. Thus users can refresh ad-hoc or based on schedule to work on the most recent virtual copy of production databases


Testers can bookmark a cloned database at a specific point in time and branch out to a different data version. This is especially useful in creating DB schema changes and then promoting those changes to other test environments

DevOps Continuous Integration

DevOps can use Actifio Sky API plugins for Jenkins, Chef, Puppet, Ansible or ServiceNow to automate the entire process of provisioning virtual DB clones

Key Features: Data Retention

SLA Driven Retention

Users can set flexible retention SLAs to store backups for days, weeks, months, years, or even decades

Flexible Retention Location

Users can specify backup data to be stored in multiple locations such as disk with its software deduplication, or S3 API compliant object storage on-premises or in cloud with software compression

Instant Access

Whether backup images are days old or decades old, users can mount backup images from object storage for near-instant data access


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Faster and higher quality application testing
Faster recoveries and better protection SLAs at a lower cost
Faster adoption of cloud, with the necessary IT controls on data

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