CommVault Tackles Endpoint Data Protection, Unveils New NetApp Backup Appliance

By Pedro Hernandez

CommVault, a Tinton Falls, NJ-based provider of data protection software, today announced a new offering aimed at helping businesses backup their laptops, desktops and mobile devices.

Dubbed Simpana for Endpoint Data Protection, the product encompasses capabilities that organizations can mix and match to suit their environments and/or compliance requirements. On the backup and recovery front, the platform supports automated, resource-sparing backups with source-side deduplication and bandwidth throttling. Users can securely access their protected data via a mobile app, Web portal or native Windows Explorer integration.

A file sharing component allows organizations to implement secure file access and collaboration practices without resorting to consumer cloud services, asserts the company. Enterprise search capabilities boosts compliance and e-discovery initiatives.

Also on tap are selective encryption and remote wipe capabilities that help keep sensitive information out of the hands of unauthorized users. CommVault's dashboard delivers analytics-driven visualizations for an at-a-glance view of their workforces' endpoint data environment.

"We are excited to bring Endpoint Data Protection to market with an expanded new feature set and pricing structure that will give customers flexible options in how they want to tackle the growing challenges and complexities around data management beyond IT's traditional reach," said Rama Kolappan, senior director and head of CommVault's Mobile Business Unit, in a statement.

"With data breaches continuing to make headlines and wreaking havoc on corporate reputations, our new solution set is able to give organizations the 'peace of mind' of knowing their data is protected while freeing employees access to information residing within IT," Kolappan continued. Citing research from the Ponemon Institute, the company said that the toll of data breaches currently averages $3.5 million due to lost or unrecoverable data on PCs, laptops and mobile devices.

The solution arrives a day after the company announced its new CommVault Backup Appliance with NetApp. Blending Simpana software with E-Series storage systems from NetApp, a long-time partner, the pre-configured hardware provides up to 288 TB of capacity for deduplicated backups.

According to Peter Eicher, senior product marketing manager for CommVault, the appliance can help organizations optimize their backup and archiving environments.

"So with our appliance you can archive them off, either to the same appliance or to some other storage tier," Eicher stated in a company blog post. "This leaves behind only a stub that you don’t have to back up anymore, making your backups smaller and faster."

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

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This article was originally published on January 14, 2015