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CommVault Introduces Simpana 8 data management software

The release helps companies manage larger amounts of data, scale to accommodate an expanding, globally distributed enterprise, and implement cost-saving strategies by offering users new snapshot-based data management, data deduplication, laptop and desktop protection, remote office data management and advanced copy management features.

The new version of Simpana software continues CommVault’s commitment to delivering comprehensive data protection, backup and recovery, and information management capabilities that enable companies to solve key business challenges and transform their enterprise.

Built on the industry’s only truly singular, unified platform, Simpana 8 can meet a broad spectrum of customer’s discovery and recovery management requirements and eliminate the need for a myriad of point level products. Customers gain improved access to more data, simplified data management, rapid recovery, and dramatic improvements in performance, slashing data management costs by up to 40%.

The company’s largest software release to date, Simpana 8 culminates 18 months of development and includes more than 300 enhancements and 140 newly added product features. CommVault has filed over 50 U.S. patent applications related to Simpana software and its 8.0 release.

“Simpana 8 is radically changing the economics of data management for businesses everywhere,” said N. Robert Hammer, CommVault’s chairman, president and CEO. “Today’s economic environment is challenging enterprises to do more with less. Simpana 8 simplifies the way businesses store and manage rapidly growing amounts of data and can help customers ensure compliance, gain operational efficiencies, and dramatically reduce their data management and related storage expenses by up to 40%.”

With embedded software data deduplication, Simpana 8 offers a holistic approach to data deduplication that spans both disk and tape tiers of storage.

Unlike appliance-based solutions that limit dedupe benefits to the boundaries of the box, CommVault’s unique, end-to-end approach expands the benefits of block-level deduplication across an entire organisation’s backup and archive copies, resulting in cost-efficient scaling and performance across the entire data management infrastructure. Data reduction begins at the client and spans through, and includes, off-site tape copies. This holistic approach results in faster network data transfers, shorter backup windows, faster recoveries and a more efficient utilisation of the disk infrastructure to support customer recovery SLAs.

Simpana software automatically preserves the compressed state of the deduplicated data as it is transparently migrated to tiers of cheaper storage for longer retention needs. In the face of rising power and cooling requirements and escalating growth rates, deduplication with tape offers a game-changing advantage for customers by reducing the footprint of long-term vaulting or compliance copies by up to 90 percent. This translates into fewer drives, lower maintenance and less critical operating hours used.

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