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CommVault vows to make data backups less costly and more efficient in the cloud

Data management vendor announces new tools to help make managing cloud data easier for the enterprise

CommVault has expanded its portfolio by rolling out tools to address the disaster recovery, test and development and data replication challenges enterprises face when moving data to the cloud.

Using the cloud to backup data is a common first step to embarking on a wholesale move of a company’s IT assets, according to CommVault, particularly as the cost of storing data there continues to drop.

With this in mind, the company has announced CommVault Cloud Disaster Recovery, which enables users to recover data in the cloud whether it is on- or off-premise, or the the type of workload used to process it.

Sabrinath Rao, head of the cloud business unit at CommVault, said the product marks a continuation of its commitment to ensuring users can easily move data between multiple types of environments.

“We have remained platform neutral in terms of OS, hypervisor and then the hardware platforms we support [over the years], and as we move to the cloud we expect to maintain that approach in terms of customers’ cloud investments,” he said.

Furthermore, the company is also bringing to market a trio of other products, including one dubbed Cloud Development and Test that is designed to help IT infrastructure managers keep a lid on the costs associated with running test and development environments.

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Enterprises are taking unnecessary business risks by mistakenly assuming their data will be automatically backed up when they use cloud-based services. 

Specialist virtualisation backup and data protection software maker Veeam has announced it has upgraded its Availability Suite version 8 to support VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs),Virtual SAN (VSAN) and other features in vSphere 6.

Particularly when users forget to power down the virtual machines they’re using to test their applications.

“In the old world, you’ve already paid for that as a CAPEX expense, but, in the new world, it means you can get a bill that can be as much as 10 times higher than you’re expecting,” he added.

The firm’s other new products include one that lets users choose how they retrieve their data from the cloud, in terms of format and how quickly, called Cloud Replication.

The final product, Cloud Gateway, is aimed at companies that want to set policies around how they manage their data in the cloud.

“Cloud Gateway is a mechanism that gets data into the cloud in a very efficient manner, because there are typically a lot of things to consider,” said Rao.

“How many copies do you want to maintain, and when do you want to send them, how can you manage your bandwidth efficiently to do this, and it can help with this.

“What the Gateway allows them to do is keep the last 10 good copies on-premise, and then move the rest to the cloud to help improve their recovery time objectives,” he added.

Phil Goodwin, research director at market watcher IDC, said CommVault's cloud-focused data protection should stand it in good stead, given the growing appetite for off-premise data protection tools.

“The cloud is quickly growing in the enterprise from a pure backup play to becoming a real production-level environment,” he said. 

“That transition requires cost-effective and efficient access, through the type of capabilities Commvault is debuting, to accelerate data cloud recovery and migration.”



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