Saturday, 17 August 2013

Actifio - what's the deal???

So I've been taking a look at Actifo - just trying to get a feel for the product, use case and business case that stacks up behind it - Guess I would also be interested in your views!!!

My take goes something along these lines (and this is based on a v quick paper review);

- Great idea, save on data stored by doing all the funky stuff that lots of these appliances / approaches can offer
- If the selling cost / implementation cost stack up - there could be a heap of money to be saved here...
- Base use cases that are offered seem to make sense
- One approach that gives backup, data in a 2nd / 3rd site, good approach to offering data into development all looks good

Things that I still need to get a view on / not so sure about;

- Looks like use cases currently documented, whilst good may be limited
- Does the product scale to the large enterprise (or where is it aimed at?)
- Management looks pretty cute (on PowerPoint ware) - but how easy is it when it gets to hundreds / thousands / tens of thousands of instances??)
- Who is gonna by them / how long will they be a standalone entity - takeover.com....
- What is the time to market / time to implement the product - buying it is just the starter - how long to get it into the infrastructure ecosystem, integrate and make useful
- Interop matrices - use cases with oracle / rman are listed (as an example) but do oracle recognize the solution and will they assist with a problem when it hits
- Business case - does it stack up???? - cant comment on numbers as haven't seen them - but will offer comment back

Anyway there you go - just a quick view as it stands - will comment back as I learn more...

That's all - MOT man just coming to see me now - hopefully it's a pass and not an expensive bill for car!!!

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Location:Oakhill Garage in Sutton (MOT time!)

1 comment:

  1. Hi Stuie - Thanks for considering Actifio. Here are some links to get you started:

    1. Other end users info/quotes about the product, TCO/ROI experiences: https://www.techvalidate.com/product-research/actifio-copy-data-storage

    2. End-user videos on usability/implementation: http://www.actifio.com/reviews/customers/ and here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeHaQ4KYuak and here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8Pe74E14PE

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