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CommVault’s Simpana 10 backup software makes Big Data play

CommVault’s Simpana 10 enterprise backup software makes a play for Big Data use cases with extended capabilities around its Common Store data repository and compliance functions

CommVault has announced the latest update – version 10 – of its Simpana enterprise backup software product.

The main focus of the Simpana 10 release is to make data collected in backup and archive processes available to search and repurpose via indexing. Also, the upgrade has added extended support for VMware’s vCloud Director private cloud management product as well as for hardware snapshots in Microsoft Hyper-V environments.

Nigel Tozer, business development director with CommVault, said: “The focus of version 10 is shifting to data. How ever you collect it – backup, archives, replication – often it ends up a dead weight. Now it’s all about being able to use it, to repurpose it from a common store.”

CommVault Simpana is one of the key enterprise backup products and competes with Symantec NetBackup, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, HP Data Protector 6.11 and EMC Networker.

CommVault is making a Big data play with the latest version of Simpana by allowing organisations to index and search backup and archive data to extract business value.

In Simpana, during backup, replication, archiving, endpoint/BYOD backup and tape backup, all data is consigned to the Content Store which is held together by a metadata index, at name level and at content level within the file or database. Simpana 10 extends some of the capabilities around this common repository.

In Simpana 10 access to the Content Store has been extended to mobile devices and there are now plugins to enable search in Microsoft Exchange/Outlook. 

CommVault has introduced industry-specific capabilities for the first time with medical imaging, data deduplication and search functions. According to Tozer, CommVault will look at the possibility of adding support for other verticals such as media, engineering and petro-chemicals in future versions.

Version 10 also sees the inclusion of Content Store APIs that allow third-party tools access to the CommVault index.

Hardware storage array snapshots are now possible in all mainstream storage arrays for Microsoft Hyper-V. In Simpana 9, there was already full hardware snapshot integration for VMware but only with NetApp for Hyper-V. This release brings Hyper-V hardware snapshot capability in line with VMware with support for all key storage hardware.

Simpana uses one agent per host and one process for backup, archiving, search and reporting in what it calls OnePass.


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