CommVault Unveils Self-Service Amazon Cloud Backups

By Pedro Hernandez

CommVault wants storage administrators to spend less time managing cloud backups, and more time on keeping their hybrid cloud infrastructures healthy.

Ahead of this week's AWS (Amazon Web Services) re:Invent 2014 conference in Las Vegas (Nov. 11-14), the company today announced a new update to its cloud-enabled Simpana backup and archiving software platform. Among the enhancements are features that help organizations manage their own cloud backups while jumping through fewer hoops, according to the company.

Compared to competing products that backup virtual machines (VMs) and little else, the company claimed in a press statement that Simpana "enables application owners and tenants to fully manage their own VM provisioning, management, backup and recovery, retirement and archiving operations on the AWS Cloud – all through a single interface." Simpana's self-service capabilities includes snapshot-based data protection and "robust" cloud reporting.

According to CommVault's chief operating officer, Al Bunte, the software can help businesses get a jumpstart on their cloud backup projects. "Our automation and optimization features for AWS allow customers, resellers and service providers to further take advantage of the flexible, scalable, pay-as-you-go AWS Cloud to reduce their costs, complexity and risks."

Simpana supports both Amazon S3 cloud storage and Glacier, a cloud-based archiving solution. As its name suggests, Amazon Glacier is positioned as the company's slow, yet inexpensive ($0.01 per gigabyte (GB) per month) cloud backup solution.

During its launch two years ago, Amazon posted on its AWS site that "Glacier is designed for data that is infrequently accessed, yet still important to retain for future reference, and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable." A quick disaster-recovery solution Glacier is not.

Nonetheless, Simpana enables organizations that are invested in the Amazon cloud storage ecosystem to automate their backup tiering efforts. Pre-defined, customizable policies enable organizations to take a hands-off approach to shuttling data between cloud storage tiers. The company asserted in a statement that "users can seamlessly migrate data into AWS storage solutions with just a few clicks."

The capabilities arrive just as Amazon revealed CommVault's newly-elevated status within its AWS partner network. "CommVault is one of our Advanced Technology Partners with the AWS Storage Competency in backup and archive, and we are excited to see them continue to innovate and improve the capabilities of their storage offerings for AWS customers," announced Terry Wise, director of the AWS Worldwide Partner Ecosystem, in a statement.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at Infostor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on November 10, 2014