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CommVault expands Fujitsu partnership

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CommVault and Fujitsu have expanded their partnership to deliver integrated hardware snapshots and replication for Fujitsu ETERNUS DX storage arrays powered by CommVault Simpana 9 software.
The integrated solution offers modern data management capabilities for enterprises of all sizes to protect their most demanding virtual and physical environments and enable nearly instant data recovery without impacting performance.
CommVault offers technology access and open, unified hardware snapshot management across multiple storage systems as part of its IntelliSnap Connect Programme.
As a result of these innovations and its Solving Forward vision, CommVault is enabling high-performance storage vendors such as Fujitsu to integrate their array-based snapshot solutions with the hardware snapshot data protection module in CommVault Simpana software.
CommVault Simpana 9 software’s compatibility with Fujitsu ETERNUS DX S2 Series storage systems, reduces the cost, complexity and risk associated with hardware snapshot management by eliminating the need to create and maintain scripts or manage numerous storage array tools and consoles.
By automating snapshot copies of data using the ETERNUS DX S2 Series and CommVault Simpana software, backup times can be slashed without impacting production.
Fujitsu customers can also use Simpana software to copy data from ETERNUS DX systems to ETERNUS CS data protection appliances, delivering a powerful yet economical combination of short-term data protection with long-term data retention, on disk, tape or the cloud.
The centralised management of application data across disk and tape storage also lets customers reap the efficiency and performance benefits of a tiered storage strategy by incorporating Fujitsu’s scalable, ETERNUS DX disk storage family, which ranges from entry-level arrays to high-end data centre-class systems.
Customers can facilitate fast, granular recoveries of individual objects, files, whole volumes or entire applications with robust support for Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and SAP databases and Windows, Linux and Unix file systems.
As part of the partnership, Fujitsu – one of the world’s largest IT service providers – offers pre- and post-sales services for Simpana software and collaborates with CommVault to provide maintenance services.
Gartner’s report, Magic Quadrant: Enterprise Backup/Recovery Software, which was published 11 June 2012 and positioned CommVault in the Leaders quadrant.
“By 2015, at least 25% of large enterprises will have given up on conventional backup/recovery software, and will employ snapshot and replication techniques instead,” says Gartner.
Through this expanded partnership with Fujitsu, customers worldwide can extend the value of their existing storage hardware investments while addressing 24/7 data uptime and accessibility challenges with modern data management techniques such as automating space-efficient snapshots, global deduplication and comprehensive reporting.
As part of the IntelliSnap Connect Programme, CommVault enables disk array vendors to integrate their array-based snapshot solutions so that they are compatible with the SnapProtect module in CommVault Simpana software.
With Simpana software and Qualified IntelliSnap Connect Arrays, customers can further consolidate and extend their SAN investments for greater efficiency and accelerated backup and recovery performance while reducing recovery costs and minimising the risk of data loss.
“Today’s enterprise requires a highly agile IT infrastructure that can anticipate emerging backup and recovery needs and effortlessly scale as users’ data and information management needs grow,” says Jeff Echols, senior director of marketing and business development, CommVault.
“By integrating our Simpana software to work with Fujitsu ETERNUS DX storage, customers can ensure their data is always available to deliver better value to their organisation.”
“The support of Fujitsu ETERNUS DX and ETERNUS CS is a major milestone in the relationship between Fujitsu and CommVault,” says Marcus Schneider, head of product development group, Storage, Fujitsu Technology Solutions.
“It provides our customers with a seamless, end-to-end approach to snapshot-based data protection. Now you can use Simpana to create a snapshot on an ETERNUS DX system and send it to its final target on an ETERNUS CS. We are very excited about this and our future plans of joint engineering.”