announced an extension of its 15-year relationship with Microsoft to
provide new, highly scalable solutions for managing and protecting data
in Hyper-V virtual environments, managing workloads in Microsoft Azure,
and new integration for Exchange, Office 365, SharePoint, and SQL
The newest enhancements to CommVault's Simpana® singular software
platform are tailored for Microsoft applications and infrastructure and
designed to help enterprises cut costs by up to 50 percent, increase the
value of data, drive business efficiencies and reduce risk. They
include new capabilities for the management and access of data across
the enterprise, from front offices to hosted cloud services, designed
for the highest operational efficiency.
CommVault will showcase the enhanced Simpana software offering at
Microsoft TechEd North America, Microsoft's premier technology
conference for IT professionals and enterprise developers, next week in
booth #401 and in the session DCIM-B291, titled "Windows and Microsoft
Azure Centric Data Management."
CommVault has built a unique data management architecture that allows
enterprises to securely and efficiently discover, protect, manage and
create value from data. Simpana software extends Microsoft's built-in
archiving support by delivering enterprise-class compliance and
eDiscovery features including a single management interface for
federated search, legal hold, file and email analytics and
content-aware, deep retention. With these powerful capabilities
integrated with Windows Explorer, Outlook and other Microsoft
applications, organizations can increase the availability of data for
analytics, collaboration, cloud-based and mobile applications.
"Modern enterprises must keep their data operations running and
respond quickly to business needs regardless of the size of the company
or the vertical industry," said N. Robert Hammer, chief executive
officer and president of CommVault. "CommVault's unparalleled
integration and optimization for Microsoft-based IT environments is a
key reason why our customer, resellers and service providers trust in
CommVault's long-standing relationship with Microsoft for data
management innovations that reduce cost, complexity and risk."
"CommVault's embrace of Microsoft's entire stack - application, operating system, and Cloud offerings -
provides a 360 degree view of your entire infrastructure. This single
view is critical to organizations striving to deliver against the
fast-changing business demands for secure and instantly available
information," said Bob Kelly, corporate vice president, Microsoft. "The
combination of Simpana and the Microsoft stack gives customers the tools
needed to extract value from business data and manage their information
more efficiently, whether it resides on physical infrastructure,
Hyper-V virtual servers or the Microsoft Azure platform.
Industry-leading Integration and Optimization for Microsoft-based IT environments
The new updates include more automated ways for enterprises and
service providers to holistically manage data with deep integration for
Microsoft Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V and Azure hosted clouds and broad
interoperability and support for Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, SQL
Server, SharePoint and Windows endpoint devices.
Simpana software allows users and provider partners to unify data
protection operations including backup, archive and disaster recovery
(DR) and seamlessly move data from on-premises infrastructure to Azure
cloud storage with a few mouse clicks.
Accelerating Hyper-V Adoption and Extending to Microsoft Azure
Working closely with Microsoft engineers, CommVault today introduced
enhancements for Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V virtualization that
optimize manageability, data availability, storage efficiency and
network resources for enterprises and service providers, including:
- Hyper-V virtual machine (VM) lifecycle management features that
extend VM administration to end-users such as application owners or
customers in multi-tenant environments, without requiring a call to the
helpdesk. On demand, users can automatically provision their own new VMs
with CPU, memory and storage resources; apply data protection to new
VMs; and access, manage, recover and expire VMs -- all based on
pre-defined policies that control usage, cost and retention and managed
via a single console.
- New block-based tracking support for Hyper-V, also known as
changed-block tracking (CBT), enables "incremental forever" backups that
minimize the impact on production VMs, reduce network requirements and
provide more effective data protection and recovery.
- Highly scalable data backup architecture that can protect
hundreds of Hyper-V VMs in a single node, using the combination of new
cluster shared volumes (CSV) proxy backups and an incremental forever
methodology. Enhanced CSV support now allows customers to use a proxy
node to backup VMs residing on other Hyper-V nodes within the cluster,
enabling LAN-free Hyper-V backups and eliminating the backup burden from
production server and network resources.
Eliminating Data Silos and Reducing Risk with a Single View of Data
A core component of the Simpana software platform is the
ContentStore, which is the single repository of CommVault-managed
information for all data on any storage tier from physical to
virtualized infrastructure and hosted workloads. A converged Simpana
backup and archive process reduces storage requirements and captures
granular intelligence about the data, such as email subject headers and
filenames, to simplify data recovery, search and business analytics. Key
enhancements to the Simpana software platform today include:
- ContentStore Mail enables organizations to
centrally house all Exchange data in the ContentStore repository to
essentially create infinite mailboxes. New PST archiving
reduces risk by collecting personal message folders for simplified
search, eDiscovery and access even if they are stored locally on file
shares and endpoint devices. Customers can also securely search and use
their archived email through a web console and natively through Outlook.
- New Office 365 integration lets customers
create on-premises copies of cloud-based files to simplify access and
improve search and eDiscovery for legal hold and compliance
- Optimized protection for SharePoint supports
externalized BLOB storage, which reduces the size of the SharePoint
content database and efficiently archives and tiers data. Simpana
software protects the entire SharePoint system, from the web farm to
sites and documents, including the BLOB storage.
- New SQL Server 2014 support and simplified protection of SQL Server Always-On configurations reduce
the impact to the application server. Additionally, automated
provisioning of the SQL database from backup copies can accelerate
testing and development.
- New Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) integration allows administrators to react faster to issues by managing Simpana software alerts via the SCOM interface.
- Windows endpoint protection, file sync and upload enable
companies migrating their Windows XP client systems to Windows 7 or 8
to use CommVault EdgeTM technology to easily and safely backup, recover
and migrate data while maintaining continuous access to information for
their mobile workforce. IT departments can wipe data on lost or remote
laptops and lock sensitive documents. They can protect files created on
tablets and smartphones with the ability to upload specific files to the
ContentStore, sync them across devices and securely access and share
data through web and mobile tools.
Availability and Time to Value for Microsoft Environments
The Simpana software enhancements are available immediately worldwide
in the most recent Simpana 10 release directly from CommVault and its
global channel network of PartnerAdvantage resellers, distributors, OEM
and servicer provider partners.
CommVault Services are also immediately available to help customers
achieve the fastest time-to-value over traditional in-house approaches.
CommVault consultants help clients design, build and operate optimal
modern data management environments for their business needs. As a
result, customers are accelerating, extending and optimizing the value
of their Simpana Software ecosystem through a full suite of offerings
ranging from Data Classification and Archive Policy Design to
Architecture Design and Disaster Recovery Readiness.