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Data Management for AWS Backup, Recovery & Migration.


OVERVIEW

Backup, recovery, and migration of large scale on-premises workloads running in VMs, physical servers, and enterprise databases to AWS.

Most enterprises want to reduce their data center footprint for Backup and DR infrastructure.

Actifio software enables enterprises to protect on-premises workloads by backing them up to AWS, perform on-demand recoveries and migrations.

Actifio also protects AWS resident workloads with backup and replication to remote cloud regions and delivers on-demand recovery.

CHALLENGES

Enterprises struggle with large Recovery Time Objectives to recover VMs and databases in AWS.

HOW Actifio HELPS

For all workloads, including databases and physical servers, Actifio delivers low RTO with instant recovery and low RPO with incremental forever backup.

CloudObjectStorage

For low priority VMware VMs, Actifio can backup directly to AWS object storage resulting in low on-premises infrastructure costs. Enterprises benefit from instant recovery even from cloud object storage.

Cloud-x

Actifio can migrate enterprise workloads from on-premises to AWS and continue to protect those workloads in AWS after migration.

VirtualDatabaseClone

Enterprises can also provision rapid database clones on-demand in AWS for Test Data Management.

Profit

Actifio delivers a single solution for all these use cases for both on-premises and AWS resident workloads, lowers the Total Cost of Ownership.


What does Actifio do?

 

Cloud backup, disaster recovery and test data management in AWS

 

Actifio Sky for AWS brings enterprise-class backup and scalable instant recovery for your enterprise applications.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Yes. Actifio can backup physical machines to AWS. It can also recover the entire Windows or Linux physical server as a AWS EC2 VM. As part of this recovery, Actifio can also perform instant mount and recovery of the non-system volumes and databases, thus deliver instant recovery in the cloud.

Yes. Actifio can perform instant recovery from AWS S3 or AWS S3 IAS, as well as AWS EBS.

There are two forms of replication from on-premises to AWS.

For mission-critical workloads, enterprises use replication between Actifio Sky on-premises to Actifio Sky in AWS EC2 VM.

For Tier 2 and Tier 3 VMs, enterprises can back up on-premises VMware VMs directly to AWS S3 or AWS S3 IAS storage, thus reducing on-premises storage costs.

Yes.

Actifio performs incremental forever backups of SQL using its own proprietary change block tracking technology and leverages VSS snapshots for database consistency. Yet, each point-in-time incremental backup results in a full virtual copy, i.e., no extra storage is consumed for the virtual full copy, and you can recover a full database without having to apply incremental data to full backups.

Actifio Sky then mounts the point-in-time backup image (which is in native SQL format and not a traditional dump) to the recovery server over iSCSI and recovers the database in minutes. Based on the specified point in time, it automatically replays any transaction logs that are needed.

Actifio does not use the BackInt database dumps, and instead relies upon the SAP HANA native snapshot API (‘HDBSQL’ calls to create a global savepoint for application-consistent backup). Actifio performs incremental forever backups. Yet, each point-in-time incremental backup is synthesized to be a full virtual copy, i.e., no extra storage is consumed for the virtual full copy, and you can recover a full database without having to apply all incremental backups.

Actifio Sky then mounts the point-in-time backup image (which is in native HANA Data format and not a traditional dump) to the recovery server over FC/iSCSI/NFS and recovers the database (using HANA API ‘recoverSys.py’) in minutes.

Information that is protected by Actifio Sky in Amazon EBS for backups can also be leveraged to provision multiple virtual database clones for Dev, QA, UAT, Analytics or other test environments. Sky also enables developer self-service to simplify and accelerate the provisioning of virtual database clones.

Re-writable virtual clones are space efficient and do not use any extra storage.  Incremental disk capacity is only consumed when the database is changed as part of the testing process.

Other backup products typically take hours or days to create physical clones with 10x or more storage required in test environments.

Yes. DBAs/administrators can use AWS S3 or S3 IAS object storage for long-term data retention. Actifio can replicate backups in an incremental forever manner to a cloud object storage such as AWS S3 or S3 IAS object Storage.