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CommVault and Microsoft expand partnership to offer Simpana data management with Windows Azure

CommVault recently announced an expanded collaboration with Microsoft to offer a cloud storage capability that combines the power of Simpana software with the cost benefits and flexibility of storing data on the Windows Azure cloud platform.

The new offering provides enterprise organisations a simple, cost-effective solution to archive, index, search and access massive amounts of data for long-term retention and compliance, the companies said.

This combined data management solution for Windows Azure offers up to 62 TBs of cloud storage capacity and the data and information management capabilities of Simpana 9 Express for a starting price of approximately $50,000, it was announced.

N.Robert Hammer, chairman, president and CEO, CommVault said, “Big Data keeps getting bigger and enterprise IT organisations are in need of simple, cost effective solutions for storing and managing massive amounts of data over long periods of time. CommVault and Microsoft have worked closely to enhance the capabilities of the Windows Azure platform, while adding substantial value to Microsoft applications. This new level of collaborative focus on cloud computing will bring tremendous value to our customers.”

CommVault also announced that it has deepened its strategic alliance with Microsoft, expanding collaborative development and sales and marketing activities around the Windows Azure platform.This latest expansion of the long-standing collaboration will enable CommVault’s customers to benefit from the economies and flexibility of cloud computing on Windows Azure, including compute and storage on-demand.

Walid Abu-Hadba, corporate VP of the Developer and Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft said, “Microsoft’s public and private cloud solutions help cover the spectrum of data center needs. CommVault has been adding value every step of the way, and it’s great to see such a strong on-premises company committing to Windows Azure.”

CommVault Simpana software offers integrated source-side deduplication, data encryption and integrated reporting and chargeback capabilities. Simpana also supports backup, recovery and archiving for the full range of Microsoft application environments, including Microsoft Files, SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V virtualisation – both on-premise and in the cloud.

According to the companies, the solution will take advantage of the Windows Azure infrastructure and enable Simpana software to become a part of Windows Azure solutions developed by Microsoft and by third parties. The new solution is available in two configurations – 62 TB of non-geo replicated Azure Storage or 41 TB of Standard Azure Storage for $50,000 per year. Pricing  scales up for larger configurations (e.g. $100,000 for 124TB NGR storage).

“According to our most recent IT spending intentions survey, 74% of organisations plan to increase spending on cloud computing services in 2012. We attribute much of this massive growth to innovative solutions, such as this data management offering from Microsoft and CommVault, that simplify the transition to the cloud.  While both companies have extremely robust technology underpinning the combined data protection and archive service, customers may very well adopt it because of the all-inclusive, predictable pricing model and ease of implementation,” concluded Brian Babineau, VP, Research and Analyst Services, Enterprise Strategy Group.

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