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Actifio GO for Google Cloud


Enterprise class SaaS backup and disaster recovery for Google Cloud and hybrid workloads.

Actifio GO is a Google Cloud backup and disaster recovery offering which enables powerful data protection for Google Cloud and hybrid workloads. Actifio GO supports Google workloads such as Compute Engine and VMware Engine, as well as hybrid workloads like VMware, SAP HANA, Oracle and SQL Server, and others.

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Enterprise-Class SaaS Data Protection in Google Cloud and On-Premises.


Enterprises face many challenges with Data Protection.

Features & Benefits

Actifio GO Features

Self-service sign up, simple deployment and central management

Simple and easy to use SaaS platform to deliver backup and recovery of VMs, SQL Server and SAP HANA databases inside of Google Cloud and on-premises VMware VMs.

Application consistent incremental forever capture of databases and VMs

Deliver small and efficient backup windows while ensuring database recoverability inside of Google Cloud

SLA driven data management

Powerful SLA engine ensures consistent protection policies across on-premises and one or more Google Cloud regions.

Instant recovery on-premises or in the cloud

Minimize downtime by recovering VMs and databases in minutes regardless of size either on-premises or inside of Google Cloud.

Multi-region disaster recovery

Enable disaster recovery in a single Google Cloud region or across regions with the ability to instantly access 1000’s of datasets in parallel.

Data encryption in transit and at rest

Ensure that data is safely secured in block and object storage to meet business and regulatory requirements.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Actifio GO Architecture

Actifio GO solution consists of the following components:

Actifio Global Manager (AGM): The management control plane that is automatically deployed in Google Cloud. Users use AGM to setup backup SLAs, recover files/folders/VMs, DR in Google Cloud. AGM is also used to administer, monitor, and manage one or more Actifio Sky data movers.

Actifio Sky Data mover: A VM appliance that is deployed in the customer’s data center to protect on-premises workloads, or customer’s Google Cloud cloud project to protect Google Cloud VMs. Sky is the core data mover engine that performs incremental forever backups, instant recoveries, instant database cloning.

Actifio Sky Data Mover leverages VMWare’s VADP API to protect VMWare VMs with application consistency & incremental forever backups. No agents need to be deployed in the Guest OS. Actifio Sky Data Mover also provides instant recovery for VMWare VMs, allowing VMs to boot directly off Actifio. Once booted these VMs can be moved to their production storage using VMWare’s Storage vMotion.

Actifio provides a light-weight connector that is required to be deployed on Google Cloud VMs. Actifio Sky Data Mover establishes a secure connection with the connector to trigger application consistent incremental forever backups and instant recovery.

  • Users can use simple google like search interface in Actifio Global Manager UI and perform granular file/folder restores.
  • Users can perform instant mount of the backup image and access the entire database/volume/files/folders. The mounts are very fast as the data is not copied. To the recovery machine. Instead Actifio presents a virtual disk with all the data in it via iSCSI or NFS. With this approach, even a 10 TB database or volume can be accessed within minutes in Google Cloud, thus reducing the RTO to minutes.
  • Users can also perform full machine recoveries of on-premises VMs, physical servers and Google Cloud VMs in any Google Cloud region a s anative Google Cloud VM. Actifio ensures that the system state is restored properly and mounts the rest of the non-system volumes instantly, thus reducing the RTO.
  • And last but not the least, Actifio also allows users to perform the traditional restores where the data is restored from its backups to a recovery machine.

Actifio GO Differentiation

Google Cloud VM backup and recovery Yes Yes
Integrated Billing in Google Cloud Yes Yes
Backup and Recover on-premises workloads to Google Cloud Yes No Others do not support in their SaaS offering
Application consistent & incremental forever backup of mission-critical databases Yes No Others perform only crash consistent snapshot backups of databases
Instant Mount and Recovery from backups stored in Google Cloud PD/NL/CL Yes No Others can’t perform instant recoveries from persistent disk or nearline/coldline storage. They can perform instant mounts of native cloud snapshots but it takes too much time to hydrate data from snapshots to persistent disk thus increasing RTO.
Data Immutability option in software. Yes No This capability in Actifio ensures even an admin, or a rogue user/admin can’t delete backups before their scheduled retention expiry.
Access data instantly even after Unsubscribing Yes No Delivers peace of mind that data is always accessible even after unsubscribing from the SaaS. Eliminates lockdown to a vendor because of data retention needs.
Low Total Cost of Ownership Yes No Unlike others, the option to store the majority of backups by Actifio in an incremental forever manner in Google NL/CL inexpensive object storage lowers the TCO.

Note that cloud infrastructure costs will vary in different regions and might change over time and will vary based on many factors. The examples are given below to provide rough approximations.