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Commvault takes next step in file sync/share

Like many data protection vendors, Commvault added file sync and share capabilities within the last few years.

Today, Commvault expanded its Edge file sync platform with Edge Drive,  which lets users set up a personal folder to share files in the cloud.

Edge Drive is part of Commvault’s Endpoint Data Protection Solution Set (EFSS) that was launched as a separate cloud offering about six months ago.

The Edge Drive allows users to sync data across mobile devices to access and collaborate on files and other documents. It also gives IT administrators the ability to control and secure corporate data, which had been a growing concern as employees started adopting consumer-based sync-and-share product on their own.

Steve Luong, Commvault’s senior manager of product marketing, said Edge Drive is different than most of the other sync-and-share products on the market because data is stored in the Commvault content repository. There, it protected via EFSS.

“There are all kinds of sync-and-share vendors out there,” Luong said. “Ours is different because we bring the data into our content store where it can be searched for compliance reasons on an enterprise scale. The content store is a collective storage place and it has a front-end web interface.

The Endpoint Data Protection solution was announced in January and is designed to protect data on mobile devices by backing up laptops, desktops, smart phones and tablets.

“IT is losing control of that data. This is why we extended our solution to include this capability,” Luong said.

Commvault changed its packaging strategy in late 2014 by breaking up its flagship Simpana data protections software for customers who have specific data protection needs but don’t require the entire platform. Commvault still sells the entire Simpana software platform intact for customers who require all of its capabilities but the smaller bundles reduce complexity and cost.

Earlier this month, Commvault launched four customized software modules and add-ons based on its flagship product. The packages are tailored for cloud deployments and include Commvault Cloud Disaster Recovery, Commvault Cloud Gateway, Commvault Cloud Replication and Commvault Cloud Development and Test. The Cloud DR package also protects virtual machines in the cloud and enables restores to virtual machines.