EXCLUSIVE: Data management critical for enterprises, says CommVault

EXCLUSIVE: Data management critical for enterprises, says CommVault

CommVault also hires new director of Cloud solutions

At a time when users want access to data from anywhere, at any time and from any device, enterprises should implement data management strategies to manage it, according to CommVault Asia-Pacific and Japan director of Cloud, Sal Fernando.

He said data on its own is useless and enterprises should aim to turn that data into information. However, he claimed that to do that, businesses have to make it accessable and reusable.

“It’s the responsibility of the organisation to make it easier for the consumer of their technology to put that data wherever they feel comfortable, but protecting it on behalf of the user,” he said.

Fernando mentioned that to date, only 15 per cent of all organisations do data recovery.

He claimed that a recent study by Gartner showed up to 40 per cent of an organisation’s intellectual property resides on a device outside the company datacentre.

Fernando said that there are four reasons why businesses need to modernise data management. They include:

  • To manage a volume velocity and variety of data (core data ‘V’s)
  • To control operational demands and complexity
  • To mine value from data
  • To deal with a mobile and end point environment

“Most organisations have databases, files and emails which they are trying to turn into information. Unfortunately, they can’t concentrate on a one size fits all policy. What they need to do is start looking at data migration and utilising a long-term repository,” he said.

Fernando was most recently hired as CommVault’s Asia-Pacific and Japan director of Cloud solutions.

It is a new role and he will report directly to CommVault Asia-Pacific and Japan vice-president, Gerry Sillars.

Sillars said Fernando was appointed to the role to advise and educate its customers, especially within the telco space, on its Cloud solutions and lead its team of Cloud specialists.

The data management company will target enterprises with large amounts of data with its Cloud solutions which focus on the healthcare, video, telco, managed service provider and public sectors.

“Our strategy is to work with these providers to help them commercialise models and deliver the best technologies. Educating the market is something we are looking into as well,” Fernando said.

CommVault will continue to invest in its partner program to educate its channel partners on its Cloud solutions, especially through channel marketing and self-serving education programs.

Fernando took a hiatus from work for a few months before taking on this position.

He most recently served as EMC’s chief architect across Asia for all technologies and chief architect of the software group prior to that.

Fernando was regional chief architect at Veritas Australia from 1998 to 2004.

He will be based in CommVault’s Singapore office.

CommVault has also expressed plans to introduce new technologies, expand its team and partnerships, as well as focusing on big data for the rest of 2012.

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