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.
Enterprise-Class SaaS Data Protection in Google Cloud and On-Premises.
Enterprises face many challenges with Data Protection.
Enterprises have to deal with high costs and complexity when managing multiple on-premises solutions for backup and disaster recovery.
How Actifio GO Helps: A single, cloud-based platform which provides highly efficient incremental forever backup to Google Cloud that minimizes required compute, bandwidth and storage needs while utilizing Google Cloud Storage to further reduce costs.
Enterprises need cost effective data retention while minimizing costs and maintaining data access
How Actifio GO Helps: Actifio GO leverages Google Nearline/Coldline for cost effective data retention and intelligent caching technology minimizes egress charges and API cost
Organizations must minimize RTO on databases to ensure rapid recovery from unexpected data outages.
How Actifio GO Helps: Deep integration with SQL Server and SAP HANA databases ensures application consistent data capture and recovery inside of Google Cloud.
Lifecycle management (patches, upgrades, etc.) for backup and dedupe virtual appliances running Google Cloud is cumbersome.
How Actifio GO Helps: Actifio GO takes care of all software updates thus simplifying management and reducing OpEx both in the cloud and on-premises.
Complex architecture of virtual dedupe appliances, backup servers and media servers.
How Actifio GO Helps:Simple to use SaaS model incorporates all needed functionality including application integration, SLA management and data replication.
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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.
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.