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Commvault adds variety to its range of data management devices

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Commvault has announced new appliances to extend the power of data management to enterprises, MSPs and remote offices

At the Commvault GO 2018 conference held in Nashville recently, Commvault announced two additions to its range of cloud-ready appliances – the Commvault HyperScale Appliance (model HS3300), a scale-out infrastructure for managed service providers and large enterprises, and the Commvault Remote Office Appliance, a smaller device that enables enterprises to extend Commvault Complete Backup and Recovery solutions to smaller remote offices.

The new appliances extend the HS1300 by adding both smaller and larger capacity appliances to provide users greater flexibility.

"Protecting and managing data while simplifying hybrid IT environments consisting of dozens of applications, multiple clouds and petabytes of data, is a significant business and data challenge enterprises are facing today," said Christophe Bertrand, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group.

"With these two new appliances, Commvault is expanding their appliance portfolio choices and investing in solutions designed to meet these specific challenges, in order to extend its ability to provide enterprises with complete coverage for their data needs, and use data to improve business outcomes."

The HS3300 has between 174 and 262TB of useable capacity in a fully converged appliance that integrates server, storage, and Commvault Complete Backup and Recovery. It delivers the same "cloud-like" scale, flexibility, and cost benefits of the currently available HS1300, while addressing the larger workloads of MSPs and enterprises.

"There has been extraordinary interest from customers and partners for the Commvault HyperScale Appliance with Commvault Complete for increased simplicity, productivity and efficiency, while also reducing time and effort spent on hardware acquisition, installation and integration, and daily management," said Robert Hammer, chairman, president and chief executive of Commvault.

"With our expanded appliance portfolio, we are able extend our flexible data protection and management consumption model to new use cases and customers – further empowering enterprises to cut costs, reduce operational complexity and use their data to improve business outcomes."

Commvault also introduced the Commvault Remote Office Appliance for those who need a solution that is easy to acquire, implement, install and maintain backup and recovery for remote and branch offices. It avoids the complexity and added costs of local IT expertise to set up and operate.

With 5 or 15 TB of useable capacity, the Commvault Remote Office Appliance allows enterprises to protect data locally and copy it to the cloud or data centre, while managing it centrally, simplifying administration, streamlining processes, and improving data back-up and recovery performance. Bringing remote data under consistent corporate policy management is a high priority for businesses.

All three devices can operate in a linked hierarchy that permits a scaled interactive solution across any large organisation.

"These two new appliances build on the success that Commvault has achieved with the introduction of its HyperScale Technology and enhancements to its partner program," said Cheryl Neal, vice-president, Data and Networking Solutions, Tech Data. "This type of continued innovation helps us provide even more value when delivering Commvault data solutions to our customers."

The devices are generally provided on three-year licences as most organisations prefer to keep most hardware off their balance sheets as much as possible, although outright purchase is possible.

Commvault told iTWire that customers were welcome to keep the equipment beyond the normal licence period, although most would look at an upgrade as part of the rolling three-year deal.  In countries where recycling of used computer equipment is mandatory — there are currently some in Europe — this process is handled on Commvault's behalf by Fujitsu, which is also the outsourced manufacturer of the devices. 

No specific pricing was provided, but a Commvault representative offered an indicative price of about US$30,000 for the basic model.

The writer attended Commvault GO 2018 as a guest of Commvault.

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