Data Management for Google Cloud Backup, Recovery, & Migration.
Backup, recovery, and migration of large scale on-premises workloads running in VMs, physical servers, and enterprise databases to Google Cloud.
Most enterprises want to reduce their data center footprint for backup and disaster recovery infrastructure.
Actifio software enables enterprises to protect on-premises workloads by backing them up to Google Cloud, perform on-demand recoveries and migrations.
Actifio also protects Google Cloud resident workloads with backup and replication to remote cloud regions and delivers on-demand recovery.
Enterprises struggle with large Recovery Time Objectives to recover VMs and databases in Google Cloud.
Most solutions have no physical server recovery in Google Cloud.
Most solutions need a local backup copy and can’t backup directly to cloud object storage resulting in high on-premises infrastructure costs.
Enterprises can store backups in Google Cloud object storage but there is no instant recovery from Google Cloud object storage.
To protect cloud resident workloads, most solutions demand too much 24×7 compute and memory, resulting in high Total Cost of Ownership.
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For low priority VMware VMs, Actifio can backup directly to Google Cloud object storage resulting in low on-premises infrastructure costs. Enterprises benefit from instant recovery even from cloud object storage.
Actifio can migrate enterprise workloads from on-premises to Google Cloud and continue to protect those workloads in Google after migration.
Enterprises can also provision database clones instantly on-demand in Google Cloud for Test Data Management.
Actifio delivers a single solution for these use cases for both on-premises and Google Cloud resident workloads, lowers the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
Frequently Asked Questions.
Yes. Actifio can backup physical machines to GCP. It can also recover the entire Windows or Linux physical server as a Google 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 Google Nearline or Google Coldline, as well as Google Persistent DIsk storage.
There are two forms of replication from on-premises to GCP.
For mission-critical workloads, enterprises use replication between Actifio Sky on-premises to Actifio Sky in Google VM.
For Tier 2 and Tier 3 VMs, enterprises can back up on-premises VMware VMs directly to Google Nearline or Google Coldline storage, thus reducing on-premises storage costs.
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 mounts the point-in-time backup image (which is in native HANA Data format and not a traditional dump) to the recovery server over Fibre Channel/iSCSI/NFS and recovers the database (using HANA API ‘recoverSys.py’) in minutes.
Information that is protected by Actifio Sky in Google Persistent Disk 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 Google Cloud Coldline/Nearline object storage for long-term data retention. Actifio can replicate backups in an incremental forever manner to a cloud object storage such as Google Cloud Nearline/Coldline object Storage.