Actifio Inc. Protection and Availability Storage (PAS) platform

Actifio PAS makes a copy of your actual data and then, according to one of our judges, "makes multiple disciplines believe they have their own unique copies."

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Actifio's PAS platform receives the silver cup in the backup hardware category in Storage magazine's/SearchStorage.com's 2011 Products of the Year competition. Get information on all our winners by reading our guide to the best data storage products of 2011.

Silver 2011 Products of the Year

Copies of data are proliferating at a rapid pace, with data copies created and managed by different applications and kept in separate systems for backup, snapshots, virtual machines and physical systems. Actifio Inc.’s Protection and Availability Storage (PAS) appliance targets this problem with a single application that solves the problem of managing these multiple silos and data protection functions.

Actifio PAS platform

“It’s an innovative rethinking of secondary data,” said one judge. “It’s a flip on deduplication -- instead of eliminating duplicate copies of secondary data, it takes one actual copy of the data and makes multiple disciplines believe they have their own unique copies.”

Actifio PAS runs on an x86 server and can scale up to eight servers to support 8 PB of capacity. PAS uses Actifio’s Virtual Data Pipeline (VDP) technology, which is a distributed object file system that binds business apps and service-level agreements (SLAs) to each unique block of stored data so that data can be reused for multiple applications. This eliminates redundant silos of data and applications while providing a single virtualized platform that can be used by any business application. Pricing for an Actifio PAS appliance starts at approximately $25,000.

Find out the other winners in the Backup Hardware category.

This was first published in February 2012

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