CommVault, a leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has announced numerous additions to its product suite to enable organisations to better leverage existing investments and accelerate enterprise wide cloud adoption.

Public and Hybrid Cloud as a mainstream deployment model is accelerating, as the cloud offerings mature. However, as customers accelerate the pace of adoption, they are uncovering unplanned and unforeseen issues ranging from egress costs to wasteful utilisation, to complex and siloed management, which quickly derail the value of the cloud projects. Commvault’s latest Cloud Backup and Recovery solutions are all centred on increasing the value of an enterprise’s cloud investment by delivering deeply integrated cloud automation and orchestration tools to go along with industry leading cloud storage platforms integrations for backup, archive, and Disaster Recovery (DR).

“Our customers are moving to operationalise the cloud usage for applications and accelerate the time to value,” says Sabrinath Rao, head of Virtualisation, Cloud Business Unit, at Commvault. “Our Cloud Backup and Recovery solutions make it much easier for customers to derive value off their cloud investments, by deeply integrating the on-premises and in-cloud workflows, starting with the data and then extending out to controlling access and optimising utilisation in the same manner as they do on premise.”

Backup to the cloud is a great deployment model for off-site protection. However, in the event of a site/regional disaster, a host of complexities, bandwidth, egress costs, all can have a significant impact on time to recovery. With the rapidly declining cost of cloud compute, enterprises are looking to derive value out of the data in the cloud. Disaster Recovery is a low risk, high value first step.

Aimed at addressing these problems, Commvault’s Cloud Disaster Recovery solution delivers the following:

* Enables recovery in the cloud, regardless of flavour (VMware, HyperV, AWS, Azure) or location (public/private/hybrid);

* Extends Virtual Machine (VM) provisioning and workflow’s from on-premise into the public/hybrid cloud for consistent policy based management; and

* Enables full data restores to the VM’s in IaaS, thereby making a full disaster recovery an operational reality across all workload types.

In support of enterprise needs to have easy and repeatable processes to operationalise the cloud, Commvault also announced enhancements to its Solution Set offerings with Cloud Development and Test, Cloud Gateway and Cloud Replication modules.

* Cloud Development and Test – a well-documented problem in the cloud world, is the “runaway bill problem”, resulting from a lack of utilisation controls. The Commvault solution ties VM Provisioning & Workflows and applies them to management of utilisation of Development and Test environments in the cloud. In addition to reducing administrative overhead time spent on managing the cloud resources, it provides infrastructure managers with insurance against runaway bills.

* Cloud Gateway – this software-based gateway is an extension of Commvault’s overall cloud appliance strategy. The Cloud Gateway improves overall backup agility, flexibility and performance, extending the protection tier from on-premise to cloud by not only enabling cloud for off-premise protection but also for policy-based movement of aged data to more cost effective storage.

* Cloud Replication – this block level host-based solution supports replication directly to cloud storage targets natively. This completes Commvault’s cloud migration capabilities in giving customers choice, flexibility and speed to what and how they choose to get data to the cloud.

“The cloud is quickly moving in the enterprise from just a pure backup play to IT wanting it to be a real production-level environment,” says Phil Goodwin, IDC. “That transition requires cost-effective and efficient access through the type of capabilities Commvault is debuting to accelerate data cloud recovery and migration.”