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Axcient has launched an orchestration and automation software platform that expands the company's business beyond cloud backup and disaster recovery as a service into all nonproduction workloads.
The new Axcient Fusion software consolidates nonproduction IT workloads under a single platform. That allows the data to be used for multiple purposes, including data protection, business continuity and disaster recovery, testing and development, archiving and compliance, data warehousing and analytics.
CEO Justin Moore said Axcient set up a parallel development team to work on Fusion, which is the result of 287,000 development hours and 23 patents.
"It's [our] first cloud converged platform," Moore said. "We were looking at customers' needs and challenges, and we looked at what else we can do with customers' data. We are able to take a single replica of the primary infrastructure and from there provide an elastic, on-demand service for nonproduction environments, which is 70% of IT spending."
Moore said the platform takes full snapshots of all the hosts and virtual machines in the Axcient cloud and replicates them in less than 90 seconds. He estimated Axcient Fusion can reduce customers' storage footprint by 30% with global deduplication and achieve another 10% reduction in network and compute requirements. The Axcient Fusion platform, which also does wide area network optimization, is protected via AES-256 key-based encryption.
"Fusion has a near real-time replica in our infrastructure," Moore said. "We can consolidate all the nonproduction workloads in this one single platform."
Jason Buffington, a senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group Inc., in Milford, Mass., said the Axcient Fusion platform helps eliminate the need to rearchitect the entire data center. One data copy is used for multiple purposes.
"There is a trend where customers want to unlock the value of the data protection infrastructure for nondata protection scenarios with that one dominant data," Buffington said. "Instead of putting the data protection data in a glass box and breaking it when you need, you can use it for other business purposes."
Axcient Fusion uses the cloud to consolidate copies in a way that others are trying to do mainly on premises. Vendors such as Actifio, Catalogic Software, EMC and Commvault have copy data management products, and newcomers Cohesity and Rubrik converge secondary data protection into single platforms. They all help organizations manage and reuse copies of data for different purposes.
Axcient primarily started as a cloud backup vendor, and then expanded into disaster recovery as a service to protect applications and IT infrastructure from downtime and data loss. Its flagship Business Recovery Cloud backs up and mirrors customers' entire business in the cloud, which includes email, files, applications, the operating system and the network.
Copies of data, especially snapshots, must be managed
Approach redundant data with caution
Have some sense of the data you're copying