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CommVault announces VM Archiving to eliminate VM sprawl

A common problem across many of today's virtual infrastructures is the waste of resources due to the phenomenon known as VM sprawl.

Virtualization has created tremendous levels of flexibility in today's modern data center. However, because it's so easy to provision new virtual machines, many organizations are experiencing the unintended consequence of that flexibility. VM sprawl is the proliferation of virtual machines, many of which were created for short-term use, then later forgotten and left to become orphaned or zombie virtual machines.

Almost every VMware environment struggles with VM sprawl to some extent, and as such are wasting precious and costly computing and storage resources that could be repurposed to other virtual machines or applications. But some administrators are reluctant to delete virtual machines out of fear they might be needed again someday -- which sounds a bit like virtual machine hoarding, doesn't it? While this is a known problem across virtualization circles, it's a problem that never seems to get resolved.

Announced just ahead of VMworld, CommVault, a data storage software company, introduced a new virtual machine archiving capability aimed at helping virtualized enterprises and service providers tackle VM sprawl.

While a number of specific tools and management software products currently on the market address this very problem, many of them are simply reporting tools that identify problem areas where an administrator should take action. But CommVault seems to be taking a different approach to solving this issue by integrating it into their existing Simpana software platform.


Read the entire InfoWorld Virtualization Report article here

Published Monday, August 26, 2013 10:20 AM by David Marshall
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