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CommVault upgrades Simpana

CommVault upgrades Simpana

New features roll out sooner than expected

Data management and storage provider CommVault has upgraded its Simpana product earlier than anticipated.

The company released Simpana 9 rev 2 on February 2, with a feature that merges backup, archive and reporting processes. CommVault has also expanded its support of storage area arrays, and it allows for automatic re-deployment of backed-up VMware vSpheres through vCenter.

“A lot of these features are an expansion of the platform we already had in existence,” says CommVault APAC and Japan product manager Paul McClure. “We evolved some and pulled in some functionality that was intended for the next major release simply to get the efficiencies going in the development cycle and to respond to demand.”

CommVault sees continued virtualisation and the growth of big data as drivers of its business in New Zealand. But it also sees its ability to bundle various features written under the same code as an advantage over other backup and storage, allowing resellers to save time and money for training.

CommVault, which distributes through Ingram Micro, had a dozen active resellers in New Zealand as of December.

Simpana’s upgrades include a technology referred to as OnePass, which combines archive, storage and analytics functions in a single “pass across the data”, McClure says.

Simpana allows snapshots of 70 storage area vendor arrays, and with its IntelliSnap Connect, announced a week before the uprade, CommVault is inviting more disk array vendors to natively integrate snapshot solutions with Simpana software.

McClure says Simpana’s automated VMware re-deploy feature, Virtualise Me, can help organisations incrementally migrate from physical servers, although he adds that the feature is optimised to “bring a server out of retirement” and redeploy as a VM without having to rebuild the server in its entirety.

McClure says the upgrade allows existing partners to take advantage of these features without having to go through a major upgrade process, but through a downloadable service pack. Consequently, CommVault is not introducing any incentives or special training along with the upgrade.

McClure says CommVault’s New Zealand partners, such as Plan b CCL and Revera, have proven themselves to be early technology adopters. He says potential customers will see use-cases in disaster recovery and financial necessity.

“Organisations are managing more data with, in some cases with potentially fewer people and fewer dedicated resources to tasks like backup,” McClure says. “Also, what resellers can leverage is the fact that organistaions based in Wellington and Auckland hadn’t been through what customers went through in Christchurch and now are trying to get their houses in order in terms of disaster recovery.”


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