NetApp AltaVault enables you to kiss goodbye to tape and legacy PBBAs

Purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs) were specifically designed to eliminate tape and I remember going to EMC World, around the time of the Data Domain acquisition, where there were t-shirts and banners all over the place saying “Tape Sucks”. I then went to the Data Domain session where there were customers talking about their experiences with Data Domain, but guess what? They all used tape for long-term retention – how ironic. So why were they all still using tape? Simple answer – cost. PPBAs are great at what they do, especially Data Domain, but they do have architectural weaknesses, that can drive up costs and therefore in most cases still require the use of tape: Scalability – you cannot easily start small and scale to what Continue reading

If your backup strategy is in need of an overhaul then Commvault and NetApp can help

Backup continues to be a challenge for most organisations, legacy systems are just too complex and expensive, and whilst hypervisor centric solutions, such as Veeam, have done a great job of protecting virtualised environments, their weakness tends to be that their de-duplication engines do not scale. Purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs), such as EMC Data Domain, ExaGrid EX, Quantum DXi or HP StoreOnce, provide much better de-duplication ratios and performance at scale (i.e. 150 VMs+) – it is therefore often recommended to combine the likes of Veeam with a PBBA, but this does significantly push up the cost of the solution. So what other options are available? Option 1 – Software-Defined Data Protection with Enterprise-class De-dupe By combining Commvault Simpana with NetApp E-Series you get Continue reading

Good news for Commvault customers – you can now purchase new licences much more cost-effectively

Up until late last year Commvault Simpana was licensed based on front-end data capacity, with the choice of three editions: Data Protection Foundation (DBF) – includes file and virtualisation agents Data Protection Advanced (DPA) – added Microsoft application agents and array snapshot management Data Protection Enterprise (DPE) – added all other applications agents (i.e. Oracle and SAP) These editions could not be mixed, therefore if you needed further capacity and you are currently using DPE, you would have to add more DPE (which could be quite expensive). So what has changed? DPA now includes all the features of DPE, excluding Ops Reporting – this makes the more costly DPE redundant in most cases Virtual Machine agents can now be licensed per socket or Continue reading

A summary of all things Commvault at SNS

This page will help you to keep up to date with all the latest news from Commvault – it is regularly updated and includes all of our key Commvault related Blog Posts, Videos and Seminar details. About Commvault Commvault Simpana is a software-defined solution to Protect, Manage and Access all your company’s information, whether it is on Physical devices, Virtual Machines or in the Cloud, with a breadth of capabilities unmatched in the industry: File System, Application, Virtual Machine and Endpoint Protection File System, Application and Virtual Machine Archiving File Sync and Share Continuous Data Protection Storage Array Snapshot Management Public and Private Cloud VM Provisioning and Management Cross Hypervisor Restore Cloud hosted DR, Dev/Test and Replication Cloud Storage Gateway Bare Metal Restore and Restore Continue reading

NetApp E-Series and CommVault Simpana – solving the data protection challenges of the 21st century

Data protection is a challenge for most organisations and many are very dissatisfied with their current solutions – common issues tend to be: Point solutions are used for VMware/Hyper-V, physical servers, laptops, remote offices and archiving which increases complexity and costs Purpose-Built Backup Appliances (PBBAs) are used, whilst they work well, they further increase the costs Ever increasing amounts of data are becoming difficult to backup in the amount of time available Tape backups can be unreliable, restores are slow and they are expensive to manage To address the problem NetApp and CommVault have created joint reference architectures that consist of NetApp E-Series storage and CommVault Simpana software – just add virtual or physical servers and away you go. So how do these joint reference architectures Continue reading

CommVault Simpana is now available with VM friendly licencing

We have always believed that CommVault Simpana was a great product and far more forward thinking in its design than most of its major competitors. The fact that from one codebase you have a backup, archiving, search and edge protection solution is very compelling for organisations of all sizes. The traditional enterprise products from the likes of EMC, Symantec and IBM are far less integrated therefore are generally not appropriate for anything but an enterprise organisation. For the last 4 years Gartner has rated CommVault Simpana as the number one backup and recovery solution so clearly it is not just us who think it is pretty good. With its capacity based licensing model it has always struggled to provide the value proposition Continue reading

Why consider CommVault Simpana for data protection?

Protecting data has become considerably more challenging over the last few years due to the enormous growth in data and the need to minimise the use of tape. In addition there are more and more pressures on IT departments to do more with less and low end solutions are often just not good enough for anything but the simplest of environments. Most of the traditional enterprise class solutions have become very long in the tooth and are typically based on many different non-integrated code bases (as a result of product acquisitions). Enter CommVault, who appear to be the one vendor who is doing it right – one state-of-the-art-solution that delivers all the capabilities that you are ever likely to need from a single code Continue reading