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#VMworld 2013: @CommVault on Overcoming VM Sprawl with Intelligent Archiving

I recently had an opportunity to catch up with Robbie Wright, Senior Product Marketing Manager for CommVault, to talk virtualization, VM sprawl and what the industry is doing to solve the problems caused by uncontrolled VM growth.  CommVault has a new, no-cost feature aimed at eliminating VM sprawl and they claim it's an "industry first."  So I asked Robbie to fill me in:

VMblog: What challenges are you seeing among customers out there as they scale their virtual server environments?

Robbie Wright: Virtualization has created tremendous new levels of flexibility in the data center. However, because it's so easy to provision new virtual machines, many organizations are experiencing VM sprawl - the proliferation of virtual machines, many of which are only needed for a certain time, and are then orphaned. Almost every VMware environment struggles with VM sprawl to some extent, and is wasting precious computing and storage resources that could be repurposed to other applications. However, many administrators hesitate to just delete VMs for fear that they might be needed again later. This has been a growing topic of conversation for years among IT administrators, yet it's a problem that never seems to get resolved.

VMblog: So what's CommVault's approach to stemming the sprawl?

Wright: Our new VM Archiving feature is the industry's first automated solution for moving VMs off of expensive primary storage using Intelligent Archiving technology, with the ability to instantly recover the archived VM if it's ever needed again. Other products out there may move the data but they only make copies and often require significant manual labor. They aren't truly archiving the VMs. Simpana VM Archiving is a comprehensive solution that incorporates traditional backup and virtual machine archiving in a single operation for VMware vSphere environments. Customers can define policies for VM Archiving to automatically identify, power down, relocate, archive and recover inactive virtual machines in VMware vSphere environments.

VMblog: CommVault's pitch has always been the benefit of having a single platform approach.  Is this a standalone product?

Wright: The best part about VM Archiving is that it's an integrated feature of the Simpana 10 platform, which delivers scalable and resilient data protection in both physical and virtual environments. From on-premise to cloud data centers for both enterprises and managed service providers, customers who use Simpana software to protect their VMware environments can leverage VM Archiving at no additional cost.

VMblog: Ok, I have to ask.  What will CommVault be up to at VMworld this year?

Wright: This will be our biggest VMworld to date. We're a Global Platinum Sponsor this year. We will have the full team on site presenting in several breakout sessions on modern data protection, VM sprawl and DR strategies and demonstrating our new features at the booth 1605.  We're also hosting partners and customers at our booth where they'll be detailing their Simpana software use cases, integration and how CommVault is helping customers modernize their infrastructures. We're also going to host a party for customers and partners on Monday - but I'm not allowed to reveal the location. It's the real VM underground party! J 

In all seriousness, folks interested in learning more about our VM Archiving capability or our VMworld activities can learn more at our website.  To get the most up to date information about our presence at VMworld, visit us at booth #1605.

For those of you attending VMworld, check out this additional information on CommVault's VMworld participation:

At the booth, CommVault will demonstrate:

  • Using CommVault's vCloud Director integration for single-step restores
  • Leveraging VM Archival/Retirement to eliminate VM sprawl
  • Comparing Hardware Snapshots with VADP for Data Protection
  • On-the-fly P2V migration with Virtualize Me
  • Automating repetitive tasks with CommVault's new Workflow Engine

CommVault's breakout sessions include:

  • Tuesday, August 27, 1:00 - 2:00p.m. PT: Leveraging Advanced Storage Capabilities for Today's Virtual Environment SLAs (Session ID: BCO5855)

Speakers: Donald Foster, Director of Product Management, CommVault; Johnathan Howard, Solution Architect, CommVault

  • Wednesday, August 28, 1:00 - 2:00p.m. PT: Reigning in VM Sprawl - Automating Reclamation of Unused Resources (Session ID: VCM5827)

Speakers: John Fox, Product Manager, CommVault; Johnathan Howard, Solution Architect, CommVault

  • Thursday, August 29, 10:30 - 11:30a.m. PT: Drying Out After Hurricane Sandy: Leveraging vCloud Director and Other Cloud Enablement Tools for Simpler, Faster DR Operations (Session ID: BCO5829)

Speakers: Phil Curran, Director of Product Marketing, CommVault; David Ngo, Director of Engineering Alliances, CommVault

Published Wednesday, August 21, 2013 7:32 AM by David Marshall
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