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CommVault to combine backup, archive functions

Lucas Mearian | Jan. 16, 2012
CommVault plans to announce an upgrade to its flagship Simpana software in the next several weeks that will allow backed-up data to be archived while still leaving end users with an easy way to retrieve that data.

Similar to Levi's, American Municipal Power (AMP) was dealing with many backup silos, some of which took up to 36 hours to complete, "so you never actually got a full backup," said AMP CIO Brandon Kelley.

"We were getting multiple full backups a day on systems we weren't able to backup," Kelley added. "We were a victim of our own craziness. It had been so convoluted, and no one knew what was going on."

Kelley is also in the midst of standardizing his infrastructure using CommVault.

"I want one pain of glass," he said.

Hammer said Simpana will eventually allow users to perform electronic discovery requests and move data sets into repositories where deeper analytics can be applied to them, he said. "If I'm a global company and have 1,000 different sites, I want to be able to perform a search [for data] virtually.

"This is a very sophisticated file system and development still needs to be done to create a global name space dynamically and at scale over and above what Hadoop does today," Hammer said. "CommVault's going to be a very different company five years from now."

More immediately, CommVault plans to allow customers to automate the restoration of virtual machines for disaster recovery or business continuity. If, for example, a primary site goes down, the Simpana software will first rebuilt virtual machines on servers and then restore the data and applications associated with those servers, Hammer said.

 

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