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CommVault Expands Relationship with NetApp to Offer Integrated Backup Appliances
CommVault today announced the availability of the CommVault Backup Appliance with NetApp, which integrates CommVault Simpana software with NetApp E-Series storage to deliver a purpose-built, pre-configured data protection solution. The CommVault Backup Appliance with NetApp can be purchased through CommVault's key partners Arrow and Avnet in North America.
Offered in different scalable configurations, this all-in-one backup appliance integrates a validated, performance-optimized configuration featuring tested hardware from NetApp with market-leading CommVault backup software, pre-installed into a comprehensive backup solution that saves customers time and money.

CommVault's collaboration with NetApp began with the joint development of NetApp SnapProtect, an array-based snapshot management solution that accelerates and simplifies data protection and recovery for NetApp Data ONTAP environments. The introduction of the CommVault Backup Appliance extends the partnership to leverage the capabilities of NetApp's E-Series arrays with Simpana software.

The appliance enables a quick start-up and deployment across a customer's IT environment. It provides data protection, recovery, and native copy management for physical and virtual servers, laptops and desktops, and the full breadth of the Simpana platform's capabilities on file system, application and database environments. In addition, the appliance offers integrated replication, reporting, encryption and file archiving, fulfilling many of the specialized needs that in the past required a broad range of different solutions, making it ideal for organizations of all sizes and configurations. In addition, customers can add Simpana Solution Sets for VM Cloud Management, Email Archive, Snapshot Management and Endpoint protection without requiring a separate installation.

The CommVault Backup Appliance features global (source and target) deduplication and can be deployed in a parallel or grid architecture for higher availability and even greater flexibility, manageability, and scale. Parallel or partitioned deduplication allows users to combine two deduplication pools into one, which effectively allows twice as much data to be commonly deduplicated, reducing appliance sprawl. The appliance also provides software load balancing and failover capabilities to complement the resiliency of the hardware. An appliance can replicate to another appliance at a remote site for disaster recovery use cases. The turnkey nature of the appliance and its packaging – from the purchase process to implementation and support – makes the purchase, installation and deployment of this solution simple and easy from power-up to backup in less than an hour.

Available as a single package through distribution partners, the new appliance also includes CommVault's industry leading, first-line support for both software and hardware.

CommVault is committed to providing its customers and channel partners with data and information management solutions that are easy to buy and solve their specific data management challenges, available at price points and form factors to best suit their business requirements.

"The demand for appliance-based approaches to solving customer backup and archive problems is growing and we believe the expansion of our partnership with NetApp to provide this solution will allow both companies to solve the most pressing challenges our enterprise and midmarket customers are facing," said Ralph Nimergood, Vice President of Worldwide Channels and Alliances, CommVault. "The new appliance provides CommVault customers with a cost-effective technology choice for backup and recovery, and supports our channel partners in their efforts to market unique solutions that drive business value and market opportunity."

"Through our partnership with CommVault we deliver customers an integrated backup appliance that build upon our past successes and shows how our two companies continue to work together to fill a market need," said Mark Welke, Senior Director of Product Marketing for E-Series, NetApp. "As we enter into this new chapter with CommVault, we look forward to working together to continue saving customers' time and money with this purpose-built, pre-configured data protection solution."

"We are thrilled to be among the first partners to bring this powerful backup appliance to the market, which will expand our solutions and strengthen our relationships with prospects and customers," said Troy Fortune, Vice President of North America sales for Arrow. "Our superior track record in selling and packaging CommVault products with our value-added offerings, including professional services and a fully dedicated sales and marketing team, make us an ideal fit for this all-in-one solution that will undoubtedly solve specific data management challenges."

"As the IT industry evolves to meet changing business needs, Avnet Technology Solutions guides customers in selecting, developing and providing the best solutions based on its depth of expertise in complex technologies and close partnerships with innovative market leaders like CommVault and NetApp," said Scott Look, Vice President and General Manager, Security and Networking Solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. "We look forward to driving sales and support of this exceptional backup appliance across our vibrant network of partners, customers and prospects and are confident we will be able to ignite new opportunities and accelerate cycles in high-growth vertical and technology markets."

Pricing and Availability

The CommVault Backup Appliance with NetApp is available in North America today with an MSRP of $82,189 for an 18TB appliance. Additional appliance solutions are available through partnerships with Fujitsu and STORServer, who currently offer backup appliances "Powered by CommVault" in Europe and North America, respectively.

Published Tuesday, January 13, 2015 6:36 PM by David Marshall
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