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Commvault and Cisco Launch Easy-to-Buy, Validated and Pre-Optimized Solution for Simplified Backup, Recovery and Archiving
Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, today launched new Reference Architectures with alliance partner Cisco to give customers and partners an easy-to-buy, pre-optimized and validated solution for simplified data protection and recovery using Commvault's award-winning Software deployed on the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) infrastructure. Commvault also announced support into Cisco's HyperFlex hyperconvergence system to help organizations protect data workloads and applications across virtualized and cloud infrastructures. The new reference architectures and Commvault's support of HyperFlex were both announced at Cisco Live in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Through the new Reference Architectures, which provide a set of guidelines and best delivery methods for particular technology deployments within an IT service catalog, customers can now leverage an all-in-one solution with a single, unified backup, recovery and archive platform that lowers total cost of ownership and has the flexibility to scale from terabytes to petabytes. As a result, customers can eliminate the cost and hassle of deploying multiple single-purpose appliances with a modernized data infrastructure that provides insight and value to the business and keeps up with the pace of today's data growth demands.

"We have had significant success using Commvault Software in combination with our Cisco UCS and Nimble infrastructure to turn our data into a significant strategic asset for our organization," said Matloob Hussain, ICT Infrastructure Engineer, Xentrall ICT Services. "Since the original rollout, we have upgraded to the 11th version of Commvault's data platform, which has resulted in backup times becoming significantly quicker and archive recall speeds that are on a par with accessing un-archived files, across our environment."

The Commvault Reference Architectures, which enable customers to deploy quickly, reduce implementation risks and accelerate time to value, are available for select Commvault customers and Cisco partners immediately. More details can be found here.

"When we look for solutions to our customers' important data backup, recovery and management needs, both on-premise and outside in hybrid cloud scenarios, we not only require exceptional technologies, but also solutions built on partnerships by trusted industry leaders," said Tom Cahill, Vice President, Product and Partner Management, CDW.  "Through their new reference architectures, Commvault and Cisco are going to make it easier and faster for CDW to deliver the solutions that add value for our customers."

"Today's launch of the new reference architectures and our support into Cisco HyperFlex bring trusted industry leaders together with complimentary technologies for the benefit of customers and partners," said Ralph Nimergood, Vice President, Worldwide Channels & Alliances, Commvault. "We are proud to team up with Cisco to address real customer pain points around ease of purchase and deployment in the form of reference architectures to reduce unnecessary hardware acquisition costs, optimize mission critical applications and limit the time to implement the right-sized solution significantly." 

Commvault Supports Cisco HyperFlex
In addition to the launch of Commvault's Reference Architectures for Cisco, Commvault announced support for Cisco HyperFlex, the company's hyperconverged system combining compute, storage and networking into an easy-to-use platform built on Cisco UCS infrastructure.  

Through this support, Commvault provides data protection and recovery of data workloads and applications running across virtualized and cloud infrastructures on Cisco HyperFlex.  Customer benefits include:
  • Increased automation – Commvault software detects and classifies new VMs, and adds them to the proper backup policy. Commvault software can also automatically detect idle VMs, and safely archive them to reclaim valuable production resources.  A built-in workflow engine allows additional administrator-specified automation.
  • Scalability – Commvault software automatically load-balances across multiple backup servers to deliver a modern scale-out experience to growing datacenters. End-to-end deduplication dramatically reduces network traffic and storage space, so your managed data stays compact and efficient.
  • VM Specific Support – With Commvault software's integration with VMWare APIs, storage owners can avoid installing agents in every VM, thereby reducing overhead. Thanks to backup policies that can be set based on VMWare metadata and a snap-in for VSphere, the management burden is eased. Full VM or individual file restore options save time and provides flexible recovery options to meet your unique needs.
Commvault helps customers on Cisco UCS protect the lifeblood of their businesses with broad support across enterprise applications. These integrations deliver application-aware backup and recovery that is simplified and safer because it is automated and standardized, eliminating scripts and manual processes. For primary storage arrays with hardware snapshot capabilities, like those in Cisco's converged infrastructure stacks, Commvault IntelliSnap technology can be leveraged to speed backup and recovery so customers get exactly the right protection for every application, then the data can be easily moved to Cisco HyperFlex and UCS for retention.

With Commvault's support of more than 20 leading cloud storage platforms and devices, customers can accelerate backup and recovery seamlessly regardless of their preference – on premises, hybrid or public cloud.
Published Monday, July 11, 2016 11:25 AM by David Marshall
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