CommVault has claimed its new Simpana solution comes with significant new innovations.
Unveiled at the company’s SolveForward 2012 event, Simpana 9 will now feature capabilities such as OnePass, which can reduce the time typically required to backup, archive and report by more than 50 percent over traditional methods.
SnapProtect functionality brings hardware snapshot integration into Simpana, while Edge Protection introduces source deduplication to protect data on laptops and desktops.
CommVault Asia Pacific product manager, Paul McClure, sees Simpana’s acting as a “hardware agnostic centralised console” for managing multiple-vendor SAN arrays as the main draw of the package, as it will enable the vendor’s partners to approach more customers and enable them to do more with their current infrastructure hardware investments.
“Being able to eliminate back-up windows and reduce ongoing storage costs while still utilising legacy hardware and maximising that investment makes the Simpana platform particularly appealing, as Australian CIOs balance IT spend with the need to generate ongoing business value,” he said.
As CommVault Australia runs a full channel sales driven business, McClure feels that the company can integrate with a variety of array vendors and make its solution stand out from the competition in the local market.
Another innovation in Simpana is integration with Microsoft SharePoint for better application performance, capacity utilisation and shrinking of backup windows.
“The most immediate business level benefit of the new Simpana 9 capabilities is the capability for users to reduce the operating, management and compliance costs associated with managing their storage environments,” McClure said.
With analyst firm Gartner finding that customers worldwide are seeing growth rates of around 80 per cent in terms of unstructured data, McClure feels that OnePass’ data analytics and reporting is what customers will want when classifying data and implementing archive policies for data tiering, resulting in lower cost media and further reducing total cost of ownership.
“OnePass delivers the first single process, archive, analytics and deduplication solution available in the Australian market, and is certainly the only solution that delivers those capabilities without multiple different products, code stacks or management interfaces,” he added.
McClure foresees the new features of Simpana being especially useful for enterprise class companies that are heavily virtualised, as well as those that employ large remote workforces.
As an example, McClure points out that Edge Protection provides end users with the flexibility to search, access and perform self-service recovery through any Windows, iOS and/or Android device.