Virtualization is Eating the Datacenter and Data is the Entrée

Technology breaks in waves; some bigger than others. Virtualization is a big wave. It changes how we think about technology and how we do it. Virtualization is both a great advancement and an immense disruption.

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5 Ways to Save Millions on Data Protection and Application Development in 2016

You’ve heard of server virtualization. You’ve heard of network virtualization. But have you considered virtualizing your data yet? Although they were once concepts that seemed outlandish, server and network virtualization brought about a number of benefits for the users who came around to adopting them, eventually going on to become commonplace in today’s enterprise IT departments. We’ll soon be seeing the same for data virtualization.

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Big data isn’t the problem, data copies are

Big Data. Everyone’s still talking about it – and it shows no sign of stopping as the use of computers, mobile devices and the Internet continues to increase.

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Guest Blog: IDC on Optimizing Test Data Management for DevOps

More and more of our customers are using Actifio to optimize their approach to test data management, breaking free of traditional infrastructure limitations to dramatically cut time to market for new applications and features. For an independent perspective on the trend, we asked IDC analyst Melinda Ballou to take a look, and share some perspective on critical application development and test functions. In the below guest post Melinda highlights how software creation and deployments are directly influenced by the quality of data lifecycle management. Citing recent IDC research, she notes the effects on data quality that are directly linked to application development speed, quality, control and cost. And, as she points out, all of these are addressable through new approaches provided by automation and data virtualization.

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Ash’s Thoughts on Dell’s Acquisition of EMC

The acquisition of EMC by Dell clearly marks a turning point in the ever-evolving landscape of enterprise IT. What’s less clear is just what we’re turning toward, and I’d like to share a few thoughts on that very important question.

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Welcome Change

Information Technology gives us a great vantage point to observe the paradox of change. On one side, is the constant movement toward new applications, new technologies, new possibilities. They push relentlessly, with increasing urgency and speed. On the other side, we see reluctance, a comfort with how things are. Resistance to change is expressed as understandable caution, conservative uncertainty. Any variance is a potential threat, an obstacle, an unknown for organizations, policies, individuals.

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The Unfair Edge of Data Virtualization

No, we’re not suggesting that you should cheat. But it’s interesting how often our customers thank us for providing them an awesome competitive edge. It’s so transformative “that it almost seems unfair.” One customer, a premier investor, handles extremely large data pools to be staged, shared, examined, managed and protected. They were struggling to stay cost effective, but still gain the required flexibility, simplicity and scale. Now, using Actifio, they expect to achieve as much as 75% in cost reductions over 5yrs. As important, their data management issues are being smoothly resolved: “Actifio is the first solution robust enough to handle any type of data management need and elegant enough to allow the business to define SLAs and then click auto pilot and the technology just works.”

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Copy data belongs in the cloud. Manage it there with Actifio.

We made two big press announcements today, something we rarely do. The first launched Actifio Sky for AWS, a new offering available on the Amazon Web Services Marketplace that will let customers virtualize their copy data right within the Amazon cloud. The second announced a relationship with Google Cloud Platform that will make their Cloud Storage Nearline service available as a one-click vaulting option from directly within the Actifio platform.

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The Application Development Time Machine

Late last year Actifio introduced new product enhancements for Oracle environments. The updates were very well received by industry analysts and helped promote Actifio to Platinum Oracle Partner status. What Oracle recognized, many Actifio clients already experienced – robust capabilities to deliver data virtualization solutions that dramatically advance business agility and resiliency. But customer conversations were also highlighting another top-of-mind topic of customer interest - application development.

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Actifio And The Cloud

So, we’ve been spending time here talking about cloud benefits and cautions in a general sense. Now, how about more specifically outlining how Actifio helps businesses use the cloud to transform? More than a blatant Actifio pitch, we’d like to highlight how cloud has the potential to move IT from a cost center to a value creator – reshaping possibilities, accelerating delivery and creating new business opportunity. We’ve already seen many traditional IT operations make the strategic decision to implement their own cloud. They’re becoming internal Service Providers with service catalogs aligned with their own business plans. They’re also selectively partnering with external Service Providers to integrate private, hybrid and public cloud capabilities.

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