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Author: Jon Brodkin
Storage vendor CommVault is extending its backup, archive and de-duplication software to the cloud with a new connector that lets customers move data from inside the firewall to cloud services such as Amazon's Simple Storage Service, EMC's Atmos, Microsoft Azure and Nirvanix.
Although few businesses have adopted cloud storage so far, the market is getting a lot of attention and it is likely that many traditional storage companies will integrate their products with public cloud services.
CommVault on Monday announced that its Simpana software now treats cloud services just like any other tier of storage, whether disk or tape, allowing de-duplication and encryption of data before it goes to a cloud, and enforcement of policies on retention requirements in cloud platforms.
"The cloud just becomes another target" for the Simpana software, says Jeff Echols, director of CommVault's cloud products. Echols says that some businesses resist the cloud because it's difficult to move data into the services and hard to manage once there, but the CommVault cloud integrations let customers manage their internal and externally hosted data from the same interface.