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Commvault Simpana software breaks into smaller cloud bundles

The latest Commvault Simpana bundles are tailored for cloud deployments, and reduce complexity and cost.

Commvault Systems Inc. today launched four customized software modules and add-ons based on its flagship data protection Simpana software platform.

The packages are tailored for cloud deployments and include Commvault Cloud Disaster Recovery, Commvault Cloud Gateway, Commvault Cloud Replication, and Commvault Cloud Development and Test.

Commvault changed its packaging strategy in late 2014 by breaking Simpana into point products for customers who have specific data protection needs but don't require the entire platform. Commvault still sells the entire Simpana software platform intact for customers who require all of its capabilities, but the smaller bundles reduce complexity and cost.

"For the last 20 years, Commvault added features incrementally to its Simpana data protection platform," said Jason Buffington, a senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). "But not every customer needed those features, so Commvault started to break out capabilities for different scenarios and customers don't have to pay for the ones they don't need."

The cloud disaster recovery (DR) package enables customers to store and recover data in the cloud through the Simpana cloud replication option or software gateway. It also protects virtual machines (VMs) in the cloud, and enables restores to VMs.

The Cloud Development and Test package makes VMs protected in the cloud available for test/development projects.

The cloud disaster recovery package enables customers to store and recover data in the cloud through the Simpana cloud replication option or software gateway. It also protects virtual machines (VMs)in the cloud, and enables restores to VMs.

Phil Curran , Commvault's director of product marketing, said the cloud replication uses WAN optimization, continuous data protection, encryption and cloud orchestration. The test and development option allows customers to provision VMs and orchestrate resources.

"Cloud is part of the discussion with every single customer we talk to, particularly the hybrid cloud," Curran said. "Cloud applications make sense when they are used as an extension of the customer's data center."

ESG's Buffington said Commvault recognizes that the cloud is more than a tertiary place to store copies of data. Storage and compute cloud services can enable additional scenarios such as self-managed disaster recovery or test/dev projects.

"There are many ways to leverage cloud services as part of a data protection strategy," Buffington said. "This is about how to add cloud to a Commvault-powered backup solution. Customers can get the benefits from a single code base. They get a single agent on each protected server, a common data store with a single management interface."

Commvault's new packages also reflect a trend in large organizations of going with multiple point products for backup. These point solutions allow organizations to add virtual machine data protection without switching out their traditional backup application, which may have years left on a maintenance contract.

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