County Eliminates Traditional Backup and Restore Tools with Actifio Copy Data Storage for Instant Data Access
Saint Joseph, MO – October 29, 2013 – Actifio™, the radically simple copy data storage company, today announced that its Copy Data Storage platform has been selected and deployed by the Buchanan County (Missouri) Government for backup, data deduplication, full disaster recovery and business continuity across county offices, including the 15 Courthouse Offices and Sheriff’s Department.
With 300 users across its offices, Buchanan County’s data footprint was growing in size as County offices were transitioning to paperless environments and more data was being digitized. Forty percent of this data was copy data (copies of the data in production created by business systems such as backup, snapshot, disaster recovery, business continuity, test and development, analytics, information sharing, even compliance) which caused storage constraints and cost overruns; Buchanan County was only able to backup a portion of its servers due to limited storage capacity for backups.
According to Buchanan County’s Director of Information Technology, Josh Royle, “Not being able to backup all of the county’s data was a major problem. If there had been a catastrophe of any type, important data would have been lost and unrecoverable. Adding server resources and getting the backups running and configured would have taken quite a bit of time. We were able to configure and create SLA’s for the county’s 40+ servers in an afternoon with Actifio.”
Since deploying Actifio, Buchanan County has eliminated tape from its environment, saved three to five hours daily on incremental backups, and 12 hours weekly on labor for backup and recovery management, including tape and tape library maintenance. It also turned 12+ hour full backups each weekend into snapshots every four hours. Most importantly, when a virtual machine in Buchanan County’s environment crashed, it took the IT team minutes to recover it with Actifio.
Given the appeal of a solution that could backup all of the county’s servers and easily manage fast restores from a single console, Buchanan County began looking at tape-less backup solutions. Buchanan County determined that Actifio met each of its requirements and given the quick configure time, especially relative to the cost, it became the solution of choice.
“When it comes to backups and business continuity, Actifio has made our headaches disappear,” continued Royle. “We are able to backup the full capacity of our servers, have eliminated tape and are on track to eliminating production-storage based snapshots as well. Actifio is so simple to manage that training a new employee on data recovery only takes an hour.”
Actifio Copy Data Storage is optimized for managing copies of data, eliminating redundant silos of infrastructure and data management applications. By virtualizing the management and retention of data, Actifio transforms the need for multiple data silos and point tools deployed for backup, disaster recovery, business continuity, compliance, analytics, and test and development into one, SLA-driven, virtualized storage system.
“Our partnership with Buchanan County has alleviated their biggest concern—losing vital county data in the wake of a disaster and having no way to fully recover it,” said Ash Ashutosh, CEO, Actifio. “We look forward to helping its continued evolution as the county is able to eliminate snapshots and continue to streamline and improve its data center operations—saving time, money and the stress associated with managing growing copy data volumes.”
Actifio is radically simple copy data management. Our Copy Data Storage platform is a complete storage system, a package of proprietary software and enterprise-grade hardware that enables customers to identify data from any production application; capture it according to an SLA they can define in just a few clicks; and manage it over it’s entire lifecycle in a dramatically more bandwidth, labor, and storage footprint efficient way than is possible with traditional, siloed systems. Virtual copies of data protected by Actifio are available to production systems – instantly – for a host of enterprise use cases including Data Protection, Business Continuity, Dev/Test, Data Insights, and Active Archive.
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