CommVault upgrades SRM software

By Kevin Komiega

—CommVault has announced an updated version of CommVault Storage Manager, one of five software modules that make up the company's Simpana storage management software suite. The new version, 7.0, identifies data types, growth trends, and cost metrics across heterogeneous storage environments.

As part of the update, CommVault expanded Storage Manager's support for heterogeneous operating platforms. Version 7.0 supports Microsoft Windows and 64-bit technologies, Novell NetWare, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and SuSE Linux Enterprise 10.

Storage Manager 7.0 also includes new NAS reporting capabilities for EMC Celerra and the latest versions of NetApp's ONTAP-based storage systems.

CommVault's claim is that Storage Manager separates itself from other storage resource management (SRM) and reporting products because it enables administrators to implement consistent usage policies across platforms, applications, geographies, and departments, and can serve SRM data up to the Simpana suite for use in more complex management tasks.

Eric Harless, product manager for CommVault's replication and SRM products, says the capacity utilization and performance information gathered by Storage Manager 7.0 is the precursor to data movement operations.

"We give users the insight into their environments that they need to make better choices. The SRM component is not a data mover; the other components of the Simpana suite uses that information so that you are not manipulating and managing your data with a blind eye," says Harless.

CommVault Storage Manager 7.0 is available now as part of the company's Simpana 7.0 software suite. Customers can license one or any number of Simpana modules, including the Data Protection, Archive, Replication, Search or Resource Management modules, which are designed to work together.

Pricing for Storage Manager varies based on implementation. A base SRM server license costs about $2,000, with an additional $250 charge per managed file system client. Licenses for managed application servers range from $1,200 to $1,500.

This article was originally published on May 28, 2008