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Data Management for Microsoft Azure Backup, Recovery, & Migration.


OVERVIEW

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

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

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

Actifio also protects Microsoft Azure 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 the Microsoft Azure.

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 Microsoft Azure 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 Microsoft Azure and continue to protect those workloads in Microsoft Azure after migration.

VirtualDatabaseClone

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

Profit

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


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Economic Brief: The Real Costs of Azure Backup & Azure Site Recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Yes. Actifio can backup physical machines to Microsoft Azure. It can also recover the entire Windows or Linux physical server as a Microsoft Azure IaaS 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 Microsoft Azure object storage, as well as Microsoft Azure managed disk.

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

For mission-critical workloads, enterprises use replication between Actifio Sky on-premises to Actifio Sky in Microsoft Azure IaaS VM.

For Tier 2 and Tier 3 VMs, enterprises can back up on-premises VMware VMs directly to Microsoft Azure object storage, thus reducing on-premises storage costs.

Yes.

Actifio can perform SQL Server backup to Azure.  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 can backup SAP HANA to Azure.  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.

Microsoft Azure users can provision dozens of thin-clones of the database, in minutes, to Dev / QA / UAT / Analytics environments in Microsoft Azure. Actifio does this by reusing backups efficiently to provision thin clones, in minutes, to test environments with almost any configuration.

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