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Commvault GO 2018 Wrap Up - Raising Expectations for Data Backup, Recovery and Management


Commvault once again hit the ball out of the park with its annual Commvault GO event, bringing together customers, Commvault employees, partners, media and analysts.  And they brought together more than 150 speaker sessions to educate the growing audience. 

This year's event took place in Nashville, and like all other Commvault GO events before it, the event took place at a Gaylord facility.  In this instance, it was The Gaylord Opryland, which was quite fantastic and a star of the show.  You could easily get lost in this facility, which I did several times.  And you never had to leave the building, it is one of those "we have everything" type places: hotel room, shopping, dining, drinking, meeting, entertainment, etc.  Until the final night party, I never stepped foot outside of the building, which was tough to do since we were in Nashville after all. 


As is normal for Commvault GO, the keynote presentations were the centerpiece.  Joining Commvault executives on stage this year was Bill Nye "The Science Guy," entertainer, Steve Connell, an inspirational story from dancer Evan "Lord Pegleg" Ruggiero, and globally recognized brands such as: Maersk, Tivo, American Pacific Mortgage, AudienceView and Alectra Utilities; plus a one hour "rapid-fire" session around the theme "Data Done Differently." 


Something new added to this year's event, which I personally found brilliant and refreshing, was a new presentation style called "GOx."  Eight presenters were each given just 7 minutes to present on a specific topic.  And this lightning round was timed to keep them honest.  Some of the topics for the rapid-fire session included:

  • Bringing AI into the Cloud
  • Why AI, Machine Learning and analytics is driving a different approach to data protection
  • Leveraging "Scale Out" approaches to take a different approach to storage and data protection
  • Finding the "value" in your data protection investment
  • Data Done Differently: a roadmap to best practice data management
  • Is "as-a-service data protection" the right option for you?

Commvault was extremely busy at Commvault GO this year, with numerous announcements, including:

  • Announcing As-a-Service Portfolio for Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery to drive simplicity, ease of use, and cost savings for customers, bringing organizations of any size the full-featured power of its flagship offering
  • Unveiling new turnkey Appliances to extend the power of scale-out data management to enterprises, MSPs, and Remote Offices
  • Resetting industry benchmarks for software interaction in data management with announcement of Commvault Command Center, shifting the paradigm to a focus on business and operational outcomes
  • Solving one of the CIO's most pressing problems: Knowing what data they have across the enterprise with Commvault Activate
  • Commvault and Hewlett Packard Enterprise partner to bring seamless backup and recovery to the cloud
  • Commvault and NetApp expand partnership to offer powerfully simple backup and recovery solutions from NetApp and NetApp channel partners

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery-as-a-Service

The new Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery-as-a-Service (B&RaaS) will allow partners to deliver backup and recovery of virtual machines as a subscription-based offering and will be hosted and available in different public clouds.  Initially, it will be made available through Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microosft Azure.  The cloud service will also include backup-as-a-service protection of cloud-native application data, initially from Office 365 and Salesforce.  This new service will appeal to Managed Service Providers and Cloud Service Providers who want to expand their offerings into an easy to use data protection service.  And because there is no hardware to implement, MSPs, CSPs and even smaller organizations with remote sites and branch offices will find this service attractive.

Commvault Activate

One of the more interesting announcements came with discussing Commvault Activate, a package that turns insight into action.  Commvault Activate contains data intelligence tools and applications that are designed to derive information from unstructured data and then make effective use of that knowledge.  This analysis that it provides can lead to several benefits that include: improved business decision making, lowered data storage costs, compliance readiness, risk, among others. 

As organizations look to move beyond simply collecting and backing up data, they are begging to take the journey toward collecting data and gaining valuable insights from it.  Aside from gaining benefits like efficiencies and potential revenue, knowing what is collected leads to better management and the better ability to hit compliance regulations such as GDPR.  With so much data being produced these days, truly understanding the data and what it means can only be done successfully by leveraging automation and newer technologies like AI and machine learning.  

Commvault Activate maps and profiles data sources to enable enterprises to perform the following analysis centrally:

  • Identify redundant, obsolete and other unnecessary data they have stored and backed up, immediately reducing their on-premises or cloud storage costs.
  • Assess data usage to move infrequently accessed data to less expensive storage, and frequently accessed data to high-performance storage - reducing costs and improving data availability and application performance.
  • Identify pockets of critical, valuable or sensitive data (such as personal data, intellectual property and contracts), enabling them to move this data to storage in a specific country or geographic zones, and implement policies to better protect and secure this data, reducing risks associated with data privacy compliance and cybersecurity.
  • Identify the duplication patterns of files to determine the right strategies to better control this information and derive value from it.
  • Identify data ownership to improve data governance decision making and close gaps in data ownership, reducing data stewardship risks.
  • Assess data not yet protected by Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery, to help develop appropriate data protection strategies for this data.
The platform can provide business value out of the data, rather than just IT value.
Commvault HyperScale
Commvault CEO Bob Hammer and COO Al Bunte wowed audience members during their keynote presentation, by announcing the addition of two new backup hardware models to its HyperScale family, the Remote Office Appliance RO1100 and the HS3300 model, thereby expanding its data protection appliance strategy to meet more use cases and more customers.
Hammer and Bunte told audience members that these two new HyperScale appliances are designed to extend the company's data protection and management capabilities to enterprises and managed service providers (MSPs), as well as meet the needs of smaller organizations and remote offices.  The Commvault HyperScale technology is built on Fujitsu server hardware and leverages a built-in operating environment, virtualization, and storage technologies from Red Hat to provide a robust, enterprise-grade foundation.  And all three HyperScale platforms run Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery, the vendor's flagship data management and protection software. 

What trade show event would be complete without an official party?  Last year's event took place on National Harbor's Fleet Street in Washington DC, transforming it into an unforgettable night of entertainment and live music, fantastic food & drink, and ended with a fireworks display.  This year's GO closing-night party took place in the heart of all of Nashville's music scene - at the city's newest, in-demand clubs: Jason Aldean's Kitchen + Rooftop Bar, and the interconnected club by Luke Bryan known as Luke's 32 Bridge Food + Drink and multiple stages of live music entertainment. 

The Commvault team involved with putting on this event should once again be proud, and I can't wait to see what they have planned for 2019 in Denver. 

View VMblog's photos from Commvault GO 2018.

Published Friday, November 02, 2018 11:34 AM by David Marshall
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