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Commvault and Azure integrations drive data protection tasks

Commvault has expanded its integration with Microsoft Azure Stack, also pulling its OEM partner Cisco into deal.

With the Commvault Data Platform, enterprises using on-premises Azure Stack hybrid clouds in hybrid environments can accelerate digital transformation initiatives, according to the data protection vendor. Azure Stack is an integrated platform that delivers public cloud services in a local data center to let organizations construct hybrid clouds.

New Commvault and Azure Stack features include:

  • Compliance Apps, which enable organizations to discover, monitor and manage personally identifiable information on Azure Stack, helping to meet such data privacy requirements as those under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation;
  • Indexing and searching Microsoft OneDrive for Business documents saved on Azure Stack hybrid clouds;
  • Protection and recovery of full Azure Stack virtual machines to the existing Stack or a different one;
  • Live Sync for Microsoft SQL Server that automatically replicates changes captured by backups for a production SQL database on an Azure Stack private cloud to another SQL server; and
  • The ability to make Azure Stack a data management appliance.

The longtime Commvault and Microsoft partnership includes native support for Azure.

Commvault and Cisco coordinate on the cloud

Commvault and Azure users also have new options regarding the data protection vendor’s evolving partnership with Cisco.

Commvault Data Platform enterprise users can now manage, protect and recover data in Cisco Integrated Systems for Microsoft Azure Stack environments. Specifically, customers using Commvault’s ScaleProtect with Cisco Unifed Computing System (UCS) can pair it with the Cisco Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack. ScaleProtect is a rebranding of Commvault’s recently launched HyperScale appliance that runs on Cisco.

“Cisco is a global leader for hosting data and the Cisco infrastructure options — including Cisco’s Azure Stack [product] — provide an excellent vehicle for Commvault customers to leverage our software and services,” Randy De Meno, chief technologist at Commvault, wrote in an email. “Our [product] running on Cisco hardware also enables Cisco’s field and partners to manage data both on Cisco and heterogeneous environments.”

The combination of Commvault and Cisco provides enterprise data management and protection for data in Azure, Azure Stack, multi-cloud environments and traditional infrastructures. Specific uses include native protection of virtual machines, VM and workload migration to Azure Stack, and disaster recovery.

Commvault software, including ScaleProtect with Cisco UCS, is available on the Cisco Global Price List through the Cisco SolutionsPlus program.

The Cisco integration is one of a number of product updates and partnerships Commvault has launched since embarking on a new strategic plan that includes the search for a new CEO.

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