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Microsoft Azure Stack Data Management.


OVERVIEW

Efficient data protectcion, instant recovery, and database cloning for apps in Azure Stack.

Microsoft Azure Stack brings Azure Cloud to enterprise data centers, delivering cloud scale economics and speed.

The benefits of Azure Stack to enterprises and managed service providers can be further expanded by incorporating enterprise grade data protection and test data management for apps and VMs in Azure Stack.

CHALLENGES

Enterprises struggle to provide advanced data management for Azure Stack.

HOW Actifio HELPS

Actifio Copy Data Management (CDM) helps reduce risk by providing instant recovery of every VM in Azure Stack and Azure Cloud.

HighPerformanceVirtualCloning

Actifio can leverage its backups to provision storage optimized database clones in Azure Stack & Azure Cloud, with automated data masking of sensitive data, for DevOps to help accelerate application test and release cycles.

Agility

With Actifio, you can replicate and recover with low RTO at remote Azure Stack, Azure Cloud or any other other public cloud.

Profit

In addition, Actifio helps enterprises reduce total cost of ownership by automating the creation, management and deletion of all database copies in Azure Stack or Azure Cloud with a single software platform.


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Frequently Asked Questions.

Actifio Sky is a virtual appliance that runs in Azure Stack or in a standalone Hyper-V server. The appliance automates Hyper-V virtual machine protection and database creation and runs inside of Azure in the Cloud or Azure Stack. Actifio Sky relies on on an incremental forever protection model that delivers shortened backup windows and reduces storage and network IO by up to 20x. Actifio’s incremental forever approach is dramatically different from traditional backup products which require CPU and I/O intensive full backups either on a nightly or weekly basis.

Yes. Azure Blob Object storage provides a scalable and economical platform that is an ideal target for retaining backups for days. weeks or even decades. Actifio Sky replicates backups to Azure blob or any S3 API compatible object storage in an incremental forever manner and stores backups in a storage-optimized native application format. Actifio technology enables users to instantly mount / recover their application data from any protected system image regardless of how old it is.

Compare this approach with traditional backup products which store data in a proprietary deduplicated format resulting in lengthy restore processes and thus relegating object storage to data that will rarely be accessed.

Actifio Sky consumes minimal compute and memory resources in Azure Stack and Azure cloud. The following table illustrates resource consumption in a 5% change rate per day environment.

Since Actifio Sky can replicate data directly to object storage, there are no compute or memory resources required in the DR instance at Azure Stack or Azure Cloud until recovery is needed.

Whether users want instant recovery on a primary site or disaster recovery at a remote site, Actifio Sky delivers recoveries instantly. Users can instantly recover a multi TB database or file system from backups that are stored in traditional block storage or even Azure Blob. Compare this with traditional backup products where complex data rehydration processes results in painfully slow recoveries.  Administrators gain the flexibility to replicate and recover information with any of the following combinations. Users can also search and restore individual files and folders from backups stored anywhere, even object storage.

Actifio VDP is the patented core Virtual Data Pipeline technology that can be consumed in multiple form factors.

Actifio Sky is a VM appliance that runs Actifio VDP engine and can be provisioned in a public cloud VM or on-premises in VMware, Hyper-v VMs.

Actifio CDS/CDX is a physical appliance cluster that runs Actifio VDP engine with High Availability and is typically used on-premises.

Yes. Actifio supports all major public cloud providers such as Azure, AWS, Google, IBM, and Oracle. It’s also available in some of the public cloud marketplaces.