CommVault today announced the industry's first virtual machine (VM)
intelligent archiving capability to help enterprises and service
providers eliminate VM sprawl and regain control of virtual
VM sprawl results from pervasive deployment and growth of virtual
machines, some of which then sit unutilized long after their useful
lives. CommVault Simpana VM Archiving reclaims idle virtual host and
shared storage resources by automatically managing and moving unused VMs
to cost-effective storage, with the ability to instantly recover
archived VMs, for increased utilization, efficiency and savings.
Available at no additional cost to customers using Simpana 10 software for virtual server protection,
VM Archiving is integrated with CommVault's singular software platform,
which enables users to instantly deploy, protect and archive virtual
and physical servers from a single management console. The new
intelligent archive capability is a key component of CommVault's modern
data management approach to continuously address operational and
protection concerns in virtualized and infrastructure-as-a-service
environments. CommVault will demonstrate Simpana 10 with VM Archiving at
VMworld 2013 in San Francisco from August 25-29, 2013.
"Enterprises have many options to deploy resources in a virtualized
data center or cloud, but require a better way to protect this
environment and create more value from the data it manages," said David
West, senior vice president, worldwide marketing and business
development, CommVault. "VM sprawl is an increasingly common and complex
issue, especially in large infrastructures. The ability to
automatically archive underutilized VMs as part of the Simpana 10
platform provides huge cost savings and efficiency and is a key strategy
for enterprises on their journey to modern data management."
Reining in VM Sprawl Increases Virtual Infrastructure Utilization, Cuts Costs
VM Archiving is a comprehensive solution that incorporates
traditional backup and virtual machine archiving in a single operation
for VMware vSphere environments. The Simpana 10 platform delivers
scalable and resilient data protection in both physical and virtual
environments from on-premise data centers to the cloud for enterprises
and service providers.
Using administrator-defined policies, CommVault's new VM Archiving
functionality can automatically identify, power down, relocate, archive
and recover inactive virtual machines in VMware vSphere environments,
with the following innovations and benefits:
- Finds, relocates and retires stale or orphaned VMs during the
backup process to enable increased administrative control; sets
parameters for automatic management of virtual resources and expiration
criteria based on CPU, network, and disk usage. Once configured,
archiving is performed as part of the normal backup cycle.
- Increases utilization and reduces storage hardware costs by
automatically moving powered-off VMs from expensive Tier 1 disks to more
cost-efficient, longer retention tiers, either on disk or in the cloud,
using VMware Storage vMotion. Relocated VMs can be archived at the same
time or later.
- Streamlines testing and development operations by continually
recycling compute, memory and shared storage resources in virtual hosts
- Recovers archived VMs in a single step using a stub (marker) in VMware vCenter
- Integrates with Simpana software's Virtual Server Agent (VSA)
for backup and recovery of virtual machines. Simpana VSA automatically
manages hardware storage array snapshots for instant protection and
recovery of virtualized applications, with built-in support for all the
major storage arrays.
- Incorporates with Simpana 10 workflows to automate more complex, repetitive administrative tasks with drag-and-drop simplicity
For more information and to see a demonstration of CommVault's new VM Archiving capabilities, visit CommVault at VMworld 2013, Booth #1605.