CommVault Asia Pacific and Japan product manager, Paul McClure, said the journey towards this point began three years ago when CommVault was the first vendor to include the ability to not only address the traditional disc, tape and optical reference media, but also to define a Cloud connector that pushes data into the Cloud.
“Out of those early Cloud mechanisms that we supported, Microsoft was one of the first on board, and so was Amazon and others,” he said.
CommVault now supports between 10 and 12 Cloud connectors from different vendors.
Working with Microsoft was “extremely appealing” to the software vendor as it is a long-term CommVault partner.
“Microsoft have made some significant steps in their business around that Cloud initiative, such as Office 365 and Azure,” McClure said, “and they have been fairly early to market in offering these kinds of services.
The partnership between Microsoft and CommVault dates back to 1999 and the two companies have worked together on various technologies over the years.
As such, McClure feels that the collaboration on Simpana with Windows Azure formed the next natural step.
“As a lot of the market is moving towards Cloud orientated solutions, in particular North America with the federal government agencies there,” he said.
“It’s basically a mandate from the government there that they must have at least three Cloud-based initiatives annually.”
As a result of this push in North America, McClure expects that people will see this trend spreading to other markets.
“What we see in the A/NZ market is a quite mature adoption of Cloud, backup-as-a-service, and archive-as-a-service type offerings,” he said.
“So we expect this to be fairly significant from a Commvault and Microsoft perspective, and we’ve already seen lots of interest in this bundle.”