Business Agility requires that business analysis, decisions, and the execution of business processes move quickly. In today’s environment of automation and data-driven business, the power for a business to move quickly depends upon the immediacy and agility of business data across an organization.
Unfortunately, the reality of legacy systems and current enterprise architecture means that the ideal of agile data is difficult to achieve and is still a distant goal for many organizations. Most enterprise architects and CIOs struggle to answer the following questions with approaches that are both achievable and affordable.
Too often, the available answers to such questions involve substantial expense and are point solutions, focused more on solving a specific integration issue to gain access to data from specific applications or involving substantial manual processes that generate a large volume of data copies that consume valuable bandwidth and storage resources.
Ideally, a data management system would solve these issues more holistically, creating a data access layer in the enterprise architecture that could be applied to multiple uses for multiple sources of data.
CHANGING THE FUNDAMENTAL NATURE OF DATA ACCESS ACROSS THE ENTERPRISE
Actifio changes the fundamental nature of data access in the enterprise, providing a single data management platform that captures data across your enterprise applications and systems, manages it with supreme efficiency, and provisions virtual or physical copies for any use across your organization.
Because it leverages the Actifio Virtual Data Pipeline, it is incredibly efficient in its use of infrastructure, storage, and bandwidth, enabling substantially better performance at lower total costs.
Likewise, through data virtualization, Actifio provides nearly instant access to large amounts of data for any use. This is key in data agility. Through instant mount of virtual data, a 10 TB Oracle database, for example, can be made available to dozens of developers in multiple locations in minutes.
Because it is SLA-driven, Actifio makes it easy to comply with diverse data governance needs, and workflow and automation ensures that data is formatted properly (e.g. for masking requirements) for distribution. Non-disruptive testing assures the business of promised service levels for provisioning.
KEY FEATURES FOR DATA AGILITY SERVICES
Beyond the core value of the Actifio Virtual Data Pipeline technology, there are a number of key features that enable Actifio to deliver remarkable results in business data agility.
BUSINESS AGILITY USE CASES
DEV / TEST DATA MANAGEMENT
Actifio provides virtual copies of data to development and testing teams without requiring significant time and effort on the part of an infrastructure team to provision the data and without using a substantial storage to house all of those physical copies. Moreover, Actifio can maintain the sync between those copies of the database and whatever is in production without having an impact on those production systems. This enables organizations to build better applications faster than would otherwise be possible.
DATA INSIGHTS & ANALYTICS
Actifio creates a golden copy of the organization’s data that exists independent of production systems but is as up to date as the organization would care to define by SLA. We overlay that existing set of data with an API that gives third party analytics tools or internal resources with 100% data access with zero production impact.
Actifio provides a comprehensive, holistic approach to data management across the full lifecycle of an application, from development to management to retirement. Our ability to provide instant data access across the lifecycle of an application improves DevOps, data protection and ad hoc access while in production, and the ability to rapidly access data retained for the long term, even after an app is decommissioned from full production.