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What is Cloud Tiering Appliance (CTA)?:
Cloud Tiering Appliance is a policy engine that facilitates the movement of files across storage tiers and to the cloud. It can move files from primary NAS storage to other Dell EMC storage as well as third-party platforms and public clouds.
For Dell EMC Unity, CTA enables administrators to automatically move file or block data from primary storage to and from the cloud based on user-configured policies. This ability optimizes primary storage usage, dramatically improves storage efficiency, shortens the time required to back up data, and reduces overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for primary storage.
Reference the Installing the Virtual Edition section in the Cloud Tiering Appliance Getting Started Guide which provides the steps on how to install the CTA/VE on an ESXi host.
See the latest CTA's Interoperability Matrix on Online Support for the supported source arrays, destination repositories (i.e. arrays and clouds), supported ESXi versions with hardware requirements, and more.