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Actifio Accelerates North American Expansion to Keep Pace with Demand for Virtualizing Data Management

Actifio, the Protection and Availability Storage (PAS) platform company, today announced details of its accelerated North American expansion including the opening of a new Canadian office and signing of several elite systems integration and IT solutions partners across Ontario, Quebec and Alberta, Canada. This momentum follows Actifio’s recent announcement that it raised $33.5 million in an oversubscribed Series C financing round.

Actifio’s Canadian expansion is driven by the demand for a new breed of data management and storage solution: PAS. Organizations are increasingly moving away from traditional siloed tools used for backup, disaster recovery, deduplication and business continuity in favor of the radically simple approach made possible by the Actifio PAS platform, which dramatically reduces overall enterprise IT costs and complexity. Actifio recently signed the following Canadian channel partners:

  • Alliance Technologies (www.alltec.com)
    • Alliance Technologies is a Toronto, Ontario-based solutions provider serving clients since 1999. Their mission is to deliver exceptional, innovative solutions and high value – they take the time to understand the problems and the changes that face clients and take pride in delivering creative solutions that exceed customer expectations with respect to timing, quality, performance and value.
  • Blair Technology Solutions (BTS) (www.blairtechnology.com)
    • A premier IBM Business Partner, BTS is a full-service provider with progressive expertise, leading technologies and responsive customer service to ensure that data and businesses are protected. The company provides a range of services across Quebec, Ontario and Alberta.
  • HighVail Systems (www.highvail.com)
    • Based in Toronto, HighVail is an experienced IT solutions provider and integrator whose name imparts its legacy and focus on providing highly available business solutions that are resistant to failures and operational IT.
  • MasStor Technologies (www.masstor.com)
    • Located in Montreal, MasStor offers end-to-end innovative IT consulting services and solutions by leveraging strategic partnerships, technical specializations and 24x7 bilingual support of multi-platform environments.
  • NoviPro (www.novipro.com)
    • NoviPro has simplified the IT projects of small, medium and large organizations in both private and public sectors. The firm is based in Montreal.

Big Data has emerged as one of the primary data management challenges for organizations as they seek to find faster, easier and more efficient ways to store, protect and recover data to meet business requirements. Actifio’s PAS platform virtualizes the management of data and consumerizes the operations to transform the data center into an SLA-driven services organization. Currently addressing IT’s most pressing challenges such as backup, disaster recovery and business continuity, the PAS platform will also manage test and development, analytics, compliance, e-discovery and other business-critical requirements, creating a new category of storage that efficiently virtualizes and manages copies of production data. For Actifio channel partners and systems integrators, PAS provides an opportunity to deliver value-added services around new data management, storage, backup and disaster recovery services, building out new revenue streams.

“Exploding data growth, fueled in part by public and private cloud initiatives, calls for a new and better way to manage, protect and recover data,” said Jim Sullivan, president of Actifio. “By introducing virtualization into data management, our PAS platform delivers an application-centric, SLA-driven solution that decouples the management of data from storage, network and server infrastructure, all while reducing costs by 10X. The PAS platform will help IT organizations across Canada conquer the Big Data challenge while reducing costs and preventing vendor lock-in.”

Gerard Maynard, CEO of Alliance Technologies, concurs with Sullivan’s assessment. “The PAS platform is a cutting-edge solution that delivers instant backup and recovery through virtualization. IT teams that struggle with backup and disaster recovery issues light up with excitement when we show them the benefits of the easy-to-use and highly intuitive PAS solution. I look forward to introducing the PAS platform to law firms, health care organizations and other concerns facing the Big Data challenge.”

Bradley Brodkin, president of HighVail, believes that Actifio’s PAS platform will have a promising future in the Canadian market. “Customers will be intrigued by the PAS concept, which offers one single data protection system with a single management console to maintain and manage all copy data. We increasingly find that IT managers want to eliminate clutter and realize greater efficiencies. Adopting PAS will also serve as a valuable business enablement tool for us, creating opportunities to deliver new data management services and recognize related revenue opportunities.”

“Many Canadian organizations are looking for a better way to manage and protect their data,” added Yves Paquette, president and CEO of NoviPro. “We believe that Actifio’s PAS platform will offer a highly effective, cost-efficient solution for their complex backup, disaster recovery and continuity needs.”

Published Thursday, December 08, 2011 2:27 PM by David Marshall
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