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By: Carmen Gonzalez
May. 22, 2015 08:00 AM
Actifio Automates DevOps Across Full Lifecycle of Application Data
Actifio, the copy data virtualization company, today announced a series of new features and functional enhancements to better support the growing number of customers leveraging its virtual data pipeline technology in support of DevOps use cases.
While infrastructure is increasingly seen as a commodity inside large enterprises, applications – where the technology touches the business – are becoming more strategic. Managing the flow of data that powers those applications presents a range of challenges at every stage of their lifecycle.
First, creating applications takes too long. Accessing the production data developers need to build new applications wastes weeks - even months - given the challenges of provisioning new storage, moving data, masking it, and keeping it current. Once an application is built, managing the data behind it is equally complex, given the conflicting requirements of providing data protection and access across the shifting landscape of enterprise infrastructure. Even the inevitable retirement of applications is an undue hassle, with companies required to maintain access to information forced to choose overly expensive point products to meet their compliance requirement.
Actifio is the solution: A comprehensive, application-centric approach to automating the full lifecycle of application data management, enabled by its patented Virtual Data Pipeline™ (VDP) technology. Highlights of the latest release include:
Actifio Delivers Full Lifecycle Data Management
The impact of these features on businesses is transformative, accelerating application development, improving application data management, and integrating application retirement.
First, Actifio improves application Development by letting customers build better applications faster. Making data instantly available to the developers who want it while maintaining central control reduces the cycle time for application development, in some cases dramatically. Making it easier and less expensive to provide those developers with a constantly updated clone of production also reduces the likelihood of surprises in new application deployment, improving both code quality and time-to-market.
“For us, business availability means more than just recovering from backups or disaster recovery,” said Rene Eickhoff, Enterprise Architect at Mammoet. “It now means having highly reliable and fully tested application rollouts so that development mistakes don't impact thousands of users on construction sites in the field. Having Actifio as a data virtualization platform to speed up application development and testing efforts makes a huge difference in assuring higher quality production IT services.”
“Mindtree specializes in solving complex business challenges with innovative technology services, from chip to cloud, development to analytics – and data is what underpins it all,” said Ram Mohan Executive Vice President and Head – Infrastructure Management Services at Mindtree. “What Actifio delivers us is a platform for Managed Data Services that can speed up our development and analytics services with rapid virtual copies of current, production application data – without incremental infrastructure. That translates to game-changing leverage and faster time-to-market for us.”
Once an application is live in production, Actifio enables enhanced data Management, providing better data protection, access, and control. Virtualizing data frees applications from infrastructure, enhancing business resiliency, agility, and data mobility in ways that save time, money, and complexity. IT executives are freed from the constraints of legacy infrastructure, to focus more time, energy, and resources on the requirements of the business than on the limitations of the technology.
“Investing in Actifio was a strategic choice, as the platform to protect and ensure the resiliency of our public-sector SAAS applications,” said Matt Bieri, CIO of Tyler Technologies. “During the deployment we also realized the power of Actifio to transform our data management processes, making it easy to provision data to test customer rollouts and to speed up development, as well as retain key data sets according to client-driven policies.”
Finally, Actifio transforms the concept of application Retirement, enabling not just compliance, but real historical information access, even for data dependent on applications and infrastructure already decommissioned from production. Actifio application orchestration gives users the power to not just recover application data in a vacuum, but to restore access to an application, running on a virtual machine, with the data as it existed at a specific historical point in time selected by the user.
“Managing the data for our critical back-office applications is key, especially those running on Oracle databases,” said Richard Siedzik, IT Director at Bryant University. “We need SLAs we can rely on and that’s why we deployed Actifio. Once we virtualized the copies of our application data, we can set up policies to use and retain the data however our organization needs it – whether it’s for DR, or to easily retain and recover data from a retired credit card or learning application.”
Melinda-Carol Ballou, Program Director for Application Lifecycle Management and Executive Strategies at market research firm IDC said, “Lifecycle data management often results in costly inefficiencies and software delivery delays. Actifio's offering creates new use cases that improve user options to help create business agility, resilience and cloud access. This technology – coupled with appropriate usage and process adoption – eases the impact of managing data for customers.”
“Actifio delivers full lifecycle application data management in a way no other provider can, across the varying requirements of application Development, Management, and Retirement,” said Ash Ashutosh, Actifio Founder & CEO “We do it by virtualizing copy data, freeing application data from the constraints of the infrastructure it was created on. In the process we free customers from the wasted time, cost, and complexity of data management models architected for the 20th century. And that changes everything.”
Actifio virtualizes the data that is the lifeblood of businesses spread across 36 countries worldwide. Its Virtual Data Pipeline™ technology decouples data from infrastructure, accelerating business resiliency, agility, and mobility into the cloud while reducing both cost and operational complexity. Its radically simple approach lets customers easily capture application data, manage it more economically, and use it whenever and wherever they need it to ensure business continuity, control access, and develop new applications and insights faster and more efficiently. For more visit Actifio.com, or follow us on Twitter @Actifio.
Software Is Eating the World
Companies that were not previously in the technology space now find themselves competing with Google and Amazon on the speed of innovation. As the innovation cycle accelerates, companies must embrace rapid and constant change to both applications and their infrastructure, and find a way to deliver speed and agility of development without sacrificing reliability or efficiency of operations. In her Keynote at DevOps Summit Silicon Valley, Victoria Livschitz, CEO of Qubell, discussed how IT organizations can automate just-in-time assembly of application environments - each built for a specific purpose with the right infrastructure, components, service, data and tools - and deliver this automation to developers as a self-service. Victoria's keynote included remarks by Kira Makagon, EVP of Innovation at RingCentral, and Ratnakar Lavu, EVP of Digital Technology at Kohl's.
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NoOps != No Operations
Shipping daily, injecting faults, and keeping an extremely high availability "without Ops"? Understand why NoOps does not mean no operations. Agile development methodologies require evolved operations to be successful.
In his keynote at DevOps Summit Silicon Valley, David Tesar, Microsoft Technical Evangelist on Microsoft Azure and DevOps, discussed how Microsoft teams that have made huge progress with a DevOps transformation effectively utilize operations staff and how challenges were overcome. Regardless of whether you are a startup or a mature enterprise, whether you are using PaaS, Micro Services, or Containerization, walk away with some practical tips where Ops can make a significant impact working with the development teams. Operational teams and functions are increasingly more important as the industry delivers software at a blazing pace.
DevOps Is Even More Important Than You Think
This Lunchtime Power Panel at DevOps Summit was moderated by Andi Mann, VP of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies. Monish Sharma, VP of Customer Success at ElasticBox; Myles Steinhauser, Software Development Engineer at Blue Box; Victoria Livschitz, CEO of Qubell Inc.; and Mark Levy, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Serena Software go beyond the basics in a discussion of why DevOps is not only important for transformation, but is mission-critical for enterprises that want to stay in business.
DevOps: Disruptive but Essential in a Cloud Expo® Universe
The DevOps Summit 2015 New York and Silicon Valley will be held:
DevOps Summit 2015 New York
DevOps Summit 2015 Silicon Valley
DevOps Summit, June 9-11, 2015, at the New York Javits Center in the heart of world's financial capital, will expand the DevOps community, enable a wide sharing of knowledge, and educate delegates and technology providers alike. Recent research has shown that DevOps dramatically reduces development time, the amount of time enterprise IT professionals spend putting out fires, and support time generally. Time spent on infrastructure development is significantly increased, and DevOps practitioners report more software releases and higher quality.
DevOps Summit content doubled in November from a single track last year in New York to two simultaneous tracks: "Dev" Developer Focus and "Ops" Operations Focus, as well as high impact keynotes attended by over 1,000 delegates.
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While there are many ways to define DevOps, the goal of the concept is to be able to deliver IT solutions faster, leveraging several technology tools to add value for business. Cloud companies have demonstrated how they can manage massive pools of IT infrastructure, giving the developer a very flexible resource pool that they can leverage and IT is eager to do the same.
DevOps Summit 2015 New York Call for Papers Now Open
Call for Papers for DevOps Summit 2015 New York is now open. Tracks and topics for DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo are listed below. Submit your speaking proposals here ▸ DevOps Summit Call for Papers
Cloud, Big Data, and the 'Internet of Things'
Are you ready to put your data in the cloud?
What is the future of security in the cloud?
Does Docker quickly advance the development of an IoT application?
What are the implications of Moore's Law on Hadoop deployments?
Cloud Expo / @ThingsExpo 2015 New York
Get all these questions and hundreds more like them answered at the 2015 Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo June 9-11, at the Javits Center in New York City, and November 3-5, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.
Our upcoming June 9-11, 2015, event in New York City will present a total of 10 simultaneous tracks (the largest conference content in the world) by an all-star faculty, over three days, plus the popular two-day "Cloud Computing Bootcamp" presented by Janakiram MSV, an analyst with the Gigaom Research analyst network where he covers the Cloud Services landscape.
Cloud and Big Data topics and tracks include: Enterprise Cloud Adoption, APM & Cloud Computing | Hot Topics, Cloud APIs & Business, Cloud Security | Mobility, and Big Data | Analytics.
@ThingsExpo content also tripled from a single track last year to three simultaneous (all sold-out) IoT tracks: Consumer IoT, Enterprise IoT, and IoT Developer | WebRTC Convergence.
Please check back for daily updates as we are working with our distinguished faculty members to finalize new session abstracts. If you have any questions please contact us at events (at) sys-con.com. Last but not least we will announce our keynotes to be delivered by world-class speakers on the hottest topics!
@ThingsExpo 2015 New York (June 9-11 in New York City)
The largest 'Internet of Things' event in the world has announced "sponsorship opportunities" and "call for papers."
The 1st International Internet of @ThingsExpo was launched this June at the Javits Center in New York City with over 6,000 delegates in attendance. The 2nd International Internet of @ThingsExpo took place November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California, with an estimated 6,000 plus delegates attending over three days.
@ThingsExpo is co-located with 16th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading IoT industry players in the world. In 2015, more than 200 companies will be present on the @ThingsExpo show floor, including global players and the hottest new technology pioneers.
Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities Are Now Available
For more information on sponsorship, exhibit, and keynote opportunities contact Carmen Gonzalez by email at events (at) sys-con.com, or by phone 201 802-3021. Book both events for additional savings!
World's Top 2nd Wave Cloud and IoT Players: 2014 Sponsors and Exhibitors
Acision (Exhibitor), ActiveState (Silver), AgilePoint (Exhibitor), Ambernet (Exhibitor), Amplidata (Exhibitor), Apacer Memory America (Exhibitor), Appcore (Exhibitor), AppDynamics (Exhibitor), AppZero (Exhibitor), Aria Systems (Bronze), Automic (Gold), Avere Systems (Exhibitor), Axis Communications (Exhibitor), Basic6 (Exhibitor), Bitium (Exhibitor), BlueBox (Bronze), Brother Office (Bronze), BSQUARE (Bronze), BUMI (Exhibitor), CA Technologies (Platinum), Calm.io (Bronze), CiRBA (Bronze), Cisco (Gold), Cloudant (Exhibitor), Cloudian (Bronze), CodeFutures (Bronze), Connect2.me (Exhibitor), Connected Data (Exhibitor), CrashPlan/Code42 (Exhibitor), Creative Business Solutions (Exhibitor), Cynny Italia (Exhibitor), Dasher Technologies (Exhibitor), DEAC Data Centers (Silver), Dell (Silver), Distrix (Exhibitor), Dyn (Bronze), e-SignLive by Silanis (Exhibitor), Edgecast Networks (Platinum), ElasticBox (Exhibitor), Endstream/Open Data Centers (Exhibitor),
ESRI (Bronze), Evident.io (Exhibitor), FireHost (Bronze), Gigamon (Silver), GoodData (Bronze), Gridstore (Exhibitor), Harbinger Group (Exhibitor), HP (DevOps Track Sponsor), IAPP (Exhibitor), IBM (Platinum), IDenticard (Exhibitor), Imperva (Exhibitor), IndependenceIT (Exhibitor), Infor (Platinum), InMage (Exhibitor), Innodisk (Exhibitor), ITinvolve (Silver), iwNetworks (Exhibitor), Ixia (Exhibitor), iXsystems (Exhibitor), Jelastic (Exhibitor), MangoApps (Exhibitor), Matrix.org (Silver), MetraTech (Bronze), Microsoft (Diamond), NaviSite (Silver), Net Access Corporation (Exhibitor), NuoDB (Bronze), NY Times (Exhibitor), Objectivity (Exhibitor), OpenCrowd (Exhibitor), Oracle (Platinum Plus), OutSystems (Bronze), Parasoft (Exhibitor), Peak10 (Exhibitor), Peer 1 Hosting (Exhibitor), Pluralsight (Exhibitor), PubNub (Exhibitor), QTS Data Centers (Bronze), Quantum (Exhibitor), Qubell (Platinum), r-evolutionapp (Exhibitor), RackWare (Exhibitor), Red Hat (Bronze), RingStor (e-Bulletin Sponsor), SAP (Gold), ScaleMP (Exhibitor), Seagate (Exhibitor), SendGrid (Exhibitor), Serena Software (Exhibitor), SherWeb (Exhibitor),
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Secure Your VIP Pass to Attend @ThingsExpo 2015 New York
To take advantage of this opportunity, attendees can use the special "coupon code" on the registration page and secure their "@ThingsExpo Plus" registration to attend all keynotes and general sessions, as well as a limited number of technical sessions each day of the show, in addition to full access to the expo floor and the @ThingsExpo hackathons throughout the week.
The registration page is located at the @ThingsExpo site here.
@ThingsExpo 2015 New York 'Call for Papers' Now Open
Track 1 - Consumer IoT and Wearables: Smart Appliances, Wearables, Smart Cars, Smartphones 2.0, Smart Travel, Personal Fitness, Health Care, Personalized Marketing, Customized Shopping, Personal Finance, The Digital Divide, Mobile Cash & Markets, Games & the IoT, The Future of Education, Virtual Reality
Track 2 - Enterprise IoT: The Business Case for IoT, Smart Grids, Smart Cities, Smart Transportation, The Smart Home, M2M, Authentication/Security, Wiring the IoT, The Internet of Everything, Digital Transformation of Enterprise IT, Agriculture, Transportation, Manufacturing, Local & State Government, Federal Government
Track 3 - IoT Developer | WebRTC Convergence: WebRTC, Eclipse Foundation, Cloud Foundry, Docker & Linux Containers, Node-Red, Open Source Hardware, Leveraging SOA, Multi-Cloud IoT, Evolving Standards, WebSockets, Security & Privacy Protocols, GPS & Proximity Services, Bluetooth/RFID/etc., XMPP, Nest Labs
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Chris Matthieu Named @ThingsExpo Tech Chair
Internet of @ThingsExpo named Chris Matthieu tech chair of Internet of @ThingsExpo 2014 Silicon Valley.
Chris Matthieu has two decades of telecom and web experience. He launched his Teleku cloud communications-as-a-service platform at eComm in 2010, which was acquired by Voxeo. Next he built an open source Node.JS PaaS called Nodester, which was acquired by AppFog. His latest startups include Twelephone. Leveraging HTML5 and WebRTC, Twelephone's BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) is to become the next generation telecom company running in the Web browser. Chris is currently co-founder and CTO of Octoblu.
CEO Power Panel in Silicon Valley Examined Agility, Cloud, Big Data, and the 'Internet of Things'
Things are being built upon cloud foundations to transform organizations. This CEO Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Roger Strukhoff, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo conference chair, addressed the big issues involving these technologies and, more important, the results they will achieve. Rodney Rogers, chairman and CEO of Virtustream; Brendan O'Brien, co-founder of Aria Systems, Bart Copeland, president and CEO of ActiveState Software; Jim Cowie, chief scientist at Dyn; Dave Wagstaff, VP and chief architect at BSQUARE Corporation; Seth Proctor, CTO of NuoDB, Inc.; and Andris Gailitis, CIO of DEAC, discussed how important public, private, and hybrid cloud are to the enterprise. How does one define Big Data? And how is the IoT tying all this together?
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