Actifio lets you capture, manage, and use application data more quickly, efficiently, and simply than ever, across a whole range of business resiliency and agility use cases. Create simple, intuitive SLA’s to determine which data will be managed by the system, how often it will be captured from production, where it will be kept, and for how long. Then apply any SLA to any application, with just a few clicks.

Now Actifio customers can just as easily add a high performance “Vault” profile to their SLA portfolio, enabling them to move application data directly into Google’s new long-term storage platform, Google Cloud Storage Nearline. With just a click, you’ll get long term storage economics (~1¢/GB for data at rest) with immediate availability performance (~3 second response times for data retrieval.)


Can data sent to Google Nearline be encrypted? Where is data encrypted?
Yes, data can be encrypted. Data is encrypted by the Actifio software even before the data hits the network. Thus data is encrypted in transit and stored encrypted at rest in Google Nearline storage. You will be able to specify the passphrase to encrypt the data and it’s your responsibility to remember the passphrase.


If data is encrypted and stored in Google Nearline storage, how will does decryption work?
The data will be decrypted by Actifio before it can be accessed by the user. Thus the user will have encrypted data, yet won’t lose the instant access capability.


What is Actifio's pricing structure to support this storage?
We will share pricing information when we this feature becomes Generally Available.


Do users have to have their own Google accounts to take advantage of this service?
Actifio customers will be required to have their own Google accounts. They can then use that account in the Actifio user interface. Effectively the end user is paying Google directly for the amount of NL storage that’s being used.


Will Actifio store data in google NL in deduped format?

While Actifio stores data in deduped format when using block devices, in the case of Google Nearline storage, data will not be stored deduped. Two key reasons are:

1) Storage economics have changed. Dedup was invented when storage was expensive. Google Nearline costs $10 per TB per month, which is extremely inexpensive with almost zero management costs.

2) More importantly the value derived by storing data un-deduped in Google Nearline is that the data can actually be accessed very quickly for restores, etc. We believe that the real value of storing data in Google Nearline (aside from compliance reasons) is in accessing the data for analytics and mining purposes. Adding dedup adds overhead when users want to mine/analyze the wealth of data they have stored in Nearline.


Data can be accessed very quickly from Nearline, but does data have to be read OUT of Nearline and stored in some local block storage in order for users to access the data? For example: If a user needs to mine data that existed in a 10 TB volume from last year, will they have to read all the 10 TB from Nearline storage to a temporary 10 TB volume in their data center in order to start analyzing the data?

In the aforementioned example, Actifio doesn’t have to restore the 10 TB data from Nearline storage to a data center. Because Actifio virtualizes data, all users have to do with Actifio is using the Actifio UI, mount the 10 TB volume straight from Google Nearline storage as a mount point. This can happen in as little as a minute, and then the user will see the entire file system as if it exists in their own data center. Afterwards users can access whatever files or blocks of data they want. This is what we refer to as instant access.

Apart from instant access to data in Google Nearline, Actifio also reduces bandwidth spend by keeping data extraction OUT from Google Nearline to a minimum. Therefore, if a user wants to access a 10 GB file out of a 10 TB volume, they don’t have to copy the entire 10 TB. They just access the 10 GB file and then get charged by Google only for that 10 GB file.


If I have workloads in AWS, will I be able to use Google Nearline storage? For example, I have enterprise applications hosted in AWS, including MS SQL and Oracle databases, along with a few other VMs which have unstructured data.
You can certainly leverage Actifio in AWS to protect your workloads. In fact you can buy Actifio Sky For AWS from the AWS Marketplace. Using this product, you will be able to vault the data to Google Nearline storage. All data coming INTO Google Nearline storage is free at this point; however, data going OUT of AWS is charged by Amazon.


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