Backup-as-a-service (BUaaS) represents a fairly complex market in terms of its variety of deployment models. It can mean strictly the backup software procured as a subscription service through the cloud, as a partially managed service with protection infrastructure managed, or as a fully managed service, for example including long-term retention data. The base criteria for Evaluator Group’s taxonomy is the backup software purchase as a cloud-based subscription offering. Additional context is available in Evaluator Group’s BUaaS Fundamentals and BUaaS: Key Considerations Technical Insights documents.
Actifio launched its GO software-as-a-service (SaaS)-delivered copy data management (CDM) solution in March 2019. Actifio GO provides data backup, data migration, disaster recovery, and database cloning for data warehouse analytics, DevOps, and test and development use cases. Actifio GO is available as SaaS from Actifio and its managed service provider (MSP) partners. Actifio also offers GO offerings for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and IBM Cloud, available through the respective cloud marketplaces.
Sources for protection include on-premises physical servers and virtual machines (VMs), cloud-based VMs, a number of applications, and a range of databases including IBM Db2, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL and SAP HANA. Actifio GO allows customers to set backup policies that are automatically executed based on pre-defined SLAs. Backups for VMs and databases alike are incremental forever to reduce backup windows as well as network bandwidth and cloud storage requirements. Data can be backed up directly to any public cloud-based object store, including Alibaba, Amazon Web Services (AWS), GCP, IBM, Microsoft Azure and Wasabi. Data is stored in its native format, and customers provide their own cloud storage account so that data can still be accessed if the customer migrates off of Actifio.
From a recovery standpoint, Actifio’s metadata tagging capabilities allow files and folders to be granularly searched for and recovered. Databases, file systems and VMs can be instantly mounted to an on-premises data center or to a different public cloud store for recovery and user access – delivering scale-out recoveries in minutes, according to Actifio. Meanwhile, the databases and VMs can be migrated to production storage via VMware Storage vMotion and Actifio’s Mount & Migrate capability. Additionally, Actifio provides cloud disaster recovery (DR) orchestration for databases, physical servers and VMs. The Actifio Sky Data Mover, which deploys as a VM within an on-premises data center or public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), performs the backup, cloning, recovery and replication. Customers may choose to deploy a local cache to accelerate backup and recovery performance for critical databases and resources.
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