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CommVault announces SnapProtect integration with EqualLogic

CommVault is introducing a new extension to its snapshot backup protection client, an integral part of Simpana v8 software, to further simplify and automate data protection and expedite rapid recovery operations.

CommVault’s Simpana SnapProtect technology, which is now featured in the Dell PowerVault DL2100 appliance, seamlessly integrates the data protection policy to control the snapshot technology within the Dell EqualLogic PS Series family of iSCSI SANs. These application-consistent snapshots provide high-speed recovery to meet critical service-level commitments while automatically tiering secondary retention copies to lower cost storage pools on the DL2100 or storage cloud end-points.

To accommodate increased demands for application uptime, customers can effortlessly combine EqualLogic snapshots with application-aware Simpana software agents under a single end-to-end protection policy without requiring time-consuming customization or complex scripting. As a result, companies can improve SLA delivery, reduce internal IT costs and eliminate production backup windows.

David West, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for CommVault, commented that “CommVault’s SnapProtect integration with Dell EqualLogic is the latest example of how we’re working with Dell to lower data management costs and complexities by uniting both hardware and software layers. CommVault and Dell jointly developed the API to integrate SnapProtect with Dell EqualLogic arrays in order to ensure true application awareness from beginning to end of the dataset. Furthermore, our integrated cloud connector gives Dell PowerVault DL2100 customers more options for moving, managing and protecting data across multiple storage tiers, including low-cost cloud storage.”

SnapProtect policies help maximize the speed and efficiency of Dell EqualLogic snapshots to reduce the operational impact and meet recovery objectives for mission-critical applications and file systems. One-pass backup with multi-option restore operations and one-click recovery features expedite restores of entire storage volumes, distinct application stores and critical folder/file groups. Simpana software’s offline mining tools also support the ability to select granular messages, documents or Active Directory components from database snapshot copies.

Darren Thomas, Vice President and General Manager, Dell Enterprise Storage added that “Through our partnership with CommVault we are simplifying data protection for our joint customers with enterprise requirements, to both integrate with our Dell product lines like EqualLogic, and to support flexible back end storage options like the cloud. Together we are committed to delivering industry leading data management solutions for our customers IT environment.”

As a core Simpana software feature, CommVault’s SnapProtect enabler for the Dell EqualLogic PS Series can be leveraged by both new and existing customers to elevate protection of Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, Oracle and Windows, Linux and Unix file system environments. Automated storage policies drive secondary protection copies to deduplicated disk, tape or cloud storage for longer-term retention while reducing data lifecycle costs and compliance demands.

While Simpana software enables customers to choose their desired data protection platform, the special automated setup and disk provisioning features on the Dell PowerVault DL2100 appliance reduce administrative burdens and seamlessly connect critical data sets residing in the Dell EqualLogic array.

CommVault has further extended its end-to-end data protection benefits by integrating its recently announced Simpana cloud storage connector directly into the Dell PowerVault DL2100. As a result, CommVault offers Dell PowerVault customers the flexibility to tier infrequently accessed backup and archive data from on-premises disk and tape storage onto low-cost private or public cloud storage platforms.

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