This weeks vendorwag is with Ash Ashutosh, who is CEO of Actifio.
If you’ve not come across them – here’s an in-a-nutshell paragraph from their website about what
Protection and Availability Storage (PAS) platform is the industry’s first solution optimized for
managing copies of production data, resulting in the elimination of redundant silos of IT
infrastructure and data management applications. By virtualizing the management and retention of
data, Actifio transforms the chaos of multiple silos of infrastructure and point tools
traditionally deployed for backup, disaster recovery, business continuity, compliance, analytics,
and test and development into one, Service Level-driven, virtualized Protection and Availability
storage device. Actifio PAS delivers a radically simple, application-centric, policy-driven
solution that decouples the management of data from storage, network and server infrastructure,
resulting in 10X reduction in costs.”
Ash comes with quite a pedigree and experience – as you would expect with a founder and CEO:
Ashutosh brings more than 25 years of storage industry and entrepreneurship experience to his role
of CEO at Actifio. Ashutosh is a recognized leader and architect in the storage industry where he
has spearheaded several major industry initiatives, including iSCSI and storage virtualization, and
led the authoring of numerous storage industry standards. Ashutosh was most recently a Partner with
Greylock Partners where he focused on making investments in enterprise IT companies. Prior to
Greylock, he was Vice President and Chief Technologist for HP Storage. Ashutosh founded and led
AppIQ, a market leader of Storage Resource Management (SRM) solutions, which was acquired by HP in
2005. He was also the founder of Serano Systems, a Fibre Channel controller solutions provider,
acquired by Vitesse Semiconductor in 1999. Prior to Serano, Ashutosh was Senior Vice President at
StorageNetworks, the industry’s first Storage Service Provider. He previously worked as an
architect and engineer at LSI and Intergraph. Ashutosh remains an avid supporter of
entrepreneurship and is an advisor and board member for several commercial and non-profit
organizations. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters degree in Computer Science
from Penn State University.
As ever I spent sometime with the guys – which helped me build up list of questions dealt with
towards the rear of the podcast.
Here’s my list of questions:
How has storage evolved over the past few years to better handle virtualized workloads and where do
we need to get to to achieve the full promise of cloud/virtualization?
How is Actifio implemented into my existing environment and what are the implications? (Actifio
sits in front of my storage – and add additional features – How does that work? Do I need give
Actifio rights to my existing storage? Won’t this add an “overhead”?)
How does Actifio gain access and provide application/hypervisor-aware information protection? (You
say you don’t need an “agent” for some of the advanced features – but isn’t a “connector” just
another word for an agent?)
Where does Actifio work? (Currently you support iSCSI and FC. Do you plan to support NFS in the
future? What made you choose iSCSI and FC in the first instance?)
Can you walk us through a restore process? Say my manager has deleted a photo of his daughter from
an email, and wants it back – how would I go about doing that?
What are the main challenges to adopting Actifio – If a listener wanted to adopt the technology,
what gotchas should they look out for?