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August 30, 2009

CommVault beefs up data management software

To help ease the challenges of protecting, recovering and retaining data from virtualised environments

By CBR Staff Writer

CommVault has released a new version of Simpana software to offer improved levels of data protection and application agility while enabling organisations to simplify the management of their infrastructures for IT operations.

CommVault said that Simpana 8, with its Universal Virtual Server Agent, offers customers functionality including embedded content-aware deduplication; block-level image backup; cross-platform data recovery; and Virtual Machine (VM) auto-discovery that extends not only during initial installation but also throughout ongoing deployment of virtual machines.

Other capabilities of Simpana 8 includes: VMotion ‘awareness’ for automatically and transparently tracking the location of a virtual machine; cross-platform data recovery–from physical to virtual, virtual to virtual or virtual to physical; support for Proxy Server and Hot-Add Mode; and operational efficiency is improved with single-pass backup support.

The company added that it leverages its Singular Information Management approach to modify server virtualisation deployment and management by offering the ability to eliminate the need to separately install, configure and manage multiple agents to protect multiple VMs.

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With Simpana software, customers can leverage embedded deduplication to reduce the amount of data residing on both physical and virtual systems. With less data under management, it is expected to help customers cut costs on server purchases and maintenance, the company said.

David West, VP of marketing and business development at CommVault, said: “With Simpana 8 and our Universal Virtual Server Agent, more than 10,000 current customers now gain an innovative foundation that helps ease the challenges of protecting, recovering and retaining data from virtualised environments and delivers market-leading functionality that effectively extends enterprise data management across physical and virtual platforms.

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