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Author: Matt Weinberger
Stop me if you've heard this one: A backup and archive software vendor announces that their trademark solution is getting an upgrade to integrate seamlessly with a who's-who of cloud storage providers. This latest example involves CommVault, and their Simpana 8 software joining the hybrid backup solutions club. Here are the specifics.
CommVault, a Bell Labs spin-off, has provided Simpana, a "data management platform" capable of writing to any heterogeneous storage solution, since the 1990's, according to CommVault Director of Cloud Solutions Jeff Echols. More recent additions to the platform include smart policy management and data deduplication. They had their IPO (Symbol: CVLT) in 2006, and CommVault has reported consistent, organic growth since that time.
Today's news means that resellers leveraging Simpana 8 can store backups and archived data to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Windows Azure, and Nirvanix (EMC and Iron Mountain partnerships are coming soon), as if they were local disks. Echols calls it "far-line" storage, since you're keeping your backups, well, far away, rather than on a tape in a bank vault downtown. In fact, CommVault is helping Boise State University replace their tape backup system with a Simpana solution, Echols says.