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Unlike other data-storage vendors that have grown their product lines through acquisitions, CommVault has built all its data-management offerings from the ground up so they all share the same code base, Echols observed. "We have built a cloud connector into that platform that integrates the APIs of public cloud vendors" such as Amazon , Iron Mountain, Microsoft Azure, and Nirvanix, Echols explained. "So all of our products can now move data straight into those clouds."
Public cloud storage is now very cheap, so customers can take data currently stored at a cost of two to three dollars per gigabyte and put it in the cloud at a cost of just 15 cents per gigabyte, Echols noted. "Having it in the cloud also makes it more accessible," he added.
Potential Cost Savings
The PowerVault DL reportedly delivers end-to-end block-based deduplication at throughput rates up to 3TB/hr when performing weekly backup operations. CommVault said the deduplication technology aboard the machine can potentially reduce storage by up to 95 percent by replacing duplicate data files with a reference to a shared copy.
CommVault's archiving capabilities also enable the appliance to further optimize storage resources, lower risk, and improve operational efficiencies, Echols said. In this case, archiving refers to the space optimization that can take place when an administrator defines policies pertaining to the types of data being stored, such as a file's age, size or application type.
This enables CommVault's software to look across an organization's storage and pull out the data that the administrator considers to be low priority while leaving placement stubs behind. "Many customers will shoot it out to the cloud if they don't want it to go on tape," Echols explained. This can reduce the size of the organization's primary storage by 70 to 90 percent, which means "their data backups are going to run a lot faster," he added.