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CommVault Simpana 7.0 Software Suite

When CommVault changed the name of its data protection suite, few tears were shed for the quirky QiNetix, but some heads were scratched when the suite was rechristened Simpana. While users might have puzzled over the new name, they quickly embraced the enhancements that accompanied the new moniker. CommVault copped one of our gold awards four years ago with its QiNetix 4.2 and has been trying to expand the "big three backup app club" to the big four since then.

Simpana is at the vanguard of the long-awaited consolidation of data protection apps. It folds backup, archiving, replication (including CDP), dedupe, search and data management reporting into a single package.

Version 7.0 includes some significant additions to CommVault's core app such as a new search facility built around the FAST search engine. The new function includes full content indexing for hundreds of content types, and can search across online, backup and archive storage tiers. With its Web-based interface, the search facility is straightforward enough that business, legal or compliance staff members can use it.

CommVault also added data dedupe to Simpana 7.0 for backup and archive data. Security was beefed up with improved integration with Active Directory and LDAP. And Simpana's existing encryption features were extended with support for LTO-4 drives.

Praise for the Simpana package has been nearly universal. "I think this is the best offering on the market for unified data protection and data management," says one of our judges.

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