Data Management as a Strategy – Commvault Go 2016

A complete data management requires solutions for data protection, data preservation, copy management, data mobility, data classification, data search and disaster recovery. There are numerous point solutions on the market today that address these needs, but most only cover one or two of the requirements. While so-called enterprise software companies cover more of these requirements they do so with a collection of products they bought out from other companies and have limited, if any, integration. Commvault is taking a different path, covering the complete data management requirements list with a single, tightly integrated data services platform.

Commvault’s exhaustive data services center around Commvault owning the backup process, more specifically how it ingests data into the backup storage repository. The ingestion of data can come from a traditional copy, like a full or incremental backup. It can also come from a more sophisticated technique like block level incremental, source side deduplication, snapshot copy or replication. As data is ingested into the Commvault Virtual Repository it is indexed and then ready to serve processes like preservation, archive, copy management, mobility, classification, search and of course disaster recovery.

The Strategy Challenge

The challenge facing Commvault is it needs customers or prospects who think strategically about their data. The reality is that in the modern data center, because of the pace at which it operates as well the lack of staff and funds, thinks tactically.

Organizations react to what is hurting them right now and don’t think about what may cause pain later. It’s the ultimate example of kicking the can down the road. The problem is that this leads to multiple data protection and management solutions where indexing, classifying and managing data across them is almost impossible. The solution, at least according to many vendors, is to create another copy of data – a data lake – and copy all of your data again in to that!

Data Management Sanity

Data is critical to organizations of all sizes, but without the ability to protect, find and move it, data management quickly becomes more of a hassle than an asset. Commvault proposes a return to sanity. Instead of buying dozens of different solutions, buy one solution that manages all data for the enterprise.

StorageSwiss Take

There are risks with putting all your data into the hands of one vendor. But, there are risks putting your data in the hands of multiple vendors too. The data center either needs a single all-encompassing solution that leverages a single data repository or it needs to find a solution that can span across multiple systems and create a single repository. Commvault represents one of the more viable ways to get control of data and leverage it so that it ceases to be a burden and instead becomes an asset that organizations can use to propel businesses forward.

Sponsored by Commvault

Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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