• Back To Basics: Data Classification

    Posted 07/29/2016 by Mark Bentkower

    "Data classification is the process of sorting and categorizing data into various types, forms or any other distinct class. Data classification enables the separation and classification of data according to data set requirements for various business or personal objectives. It is mainly a data management process."1 While most data centers begin as being “purpose built” for a specific application, over time we see incremental changes take place that usually take the scope and characte...

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  • Data Recovery Has Evolved – Have You?

    Posted 07/14/2016 by David Garcia

    Not long ago, punched cards were hailed as a major innovation in computing. The cards were utilized for many purposes, including computer programming, backup and recovery. And shortly after, the first human landed on the moon. Good times! While punched cards may be found in a few museums or online articles, you won’t find them in modern enterprise data centers. However, you will find organizations that still rely on separate point solutions for data protection and recovery - including sna...

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  • 3 Steps to Faster Implementation

    Posted 07/13/2016 by Phil Wandrei

    Many IT organizations continue to do things the old way fashioned way: they build it themselves. “It” can be a new server, storage solution, or a data protection solution. Building it yourself, or D-I-Y, can be time consuming for your staff if everything goes well, and a time drain if they encounter any problems. A great example is trying to build and assemble a children’s toy the night before their birthday. The slightest problem or misstep can multiply the amount of time required and result i...

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  • What are the Requirements of a Cloud-First Strategy?

    Posted 07/12/2016 by Matt Tyrer

    The Cloud: What do you really need to think about prior to jumping in? The momentum for Cloud and “Cloud First” thinking has been building for some time now, but not all are in a rush to embrace either. For example, in Canada, where I’m based, we’ve seen a much more wary and delayed approach to adoption. This attitude is primarily tied to data privacy and sovereignty rules in place, and a shortage of providers able to guarantee resilient localized copies of the data in t...

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  • Snap Away - and More Time to Play!

    Posted 07/06/2016 by David Garcia

    For many enterprise organizations, snapshots are a key component of their data protection portfolio. While the type of snapshots may vary, the ability to quickly protect data at a specific point in time, at multiple times throughout the day, is very appealing – especially for critical application data. However, not all snapshots are created equal. Over time, it is fairly common for organizations to expand datacenter operations, consolidate, merge with other companies, etc. This often resul...

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  • Freedom to Deploy Your Favorite Flavor of Storage

    Posted 06/30/2016 by David Garcia

    Wow, times are changing! According to a recent report from industry analyst Gartner, “By 2018, more than 50% of enterprise storage customers will consider bids from storage vendors that have been in business for less than five years, up from less than 30% today.”1 For many years, enterprise organizations relied on just a few major storage vendors for all of their needs. The adage, 'No one ever got fired for buying xxx' comes to mind. Today, many new startups offer storage solutions with advance...

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  • Requirements of a Cloud-First Strategy?

    Posted 06/27/2016 by Matt Tyrer

    The Cloud: What do you really need to think about prior to jumping in? The momentum for Cloud and “Cloud First” thinking has been building for some time now, but not all are in a rush to embrace either. For example, in Canada, where I’m based, we’ve seen a much more wary and delayed approach to adoption. This attitude is primarily tied to data privacy and sovereignty rules in place, and a shortage of providers able to guarantee resilient localized copies of the data in their cloud. The concern o...

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  • 3 Key Factors to Not Sabotaging Investment Protection

    Posted 06/24/2016 by Phil Wandrei

    Whether it is limited budgets or having to maintain current head count levels, organizations are strapped for resources. Coupled with protecting more data year over year and having to deliver greater services to the organization, this puts IT in a precarious situation. Diligence must be applied to every purchasing decision. However, IT often makes purchasing decisions based on short-term needs versus long-term benefits, which sabotages investment protection. Organizations can make three changes ...

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  • New Commvault Cloud Services Coming This Fall for Endpoint Data Protection and Email Archiving Solutions

    Posted 06/23/2016 by Yvonne Dresser

    I am excited to announce that new Commvault cloud service offerings from our product portfolio are coming soon! What’s available now is an Early Adopter Program (EAP) for our Endpoint Data Protection with File Sharing and Email Archive services. This is a white glove program that runs through September 2016 with early adopter pricing discounts. Customers participating in the early adopter program can use this fully-managed cloud service to automatically and securely back up data on employee lapt...

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  • Who Knew Cloud Storage Was 'Cool?'

    Posted 06/17/2016 by Randy De Meno

    I had the pleasure of presenting three times at the recent Cloud Expo in New York City. It was a nice chance to stay local and almost be at home during an industry event. At the Expo, I was struck by how many people asked me: 'What Cloud technology do you suggest?' We are regularly entertaining that question from customers and partners more and more at Commvault. It feels eerily similar to several years ago, when we were frequently asked: 'What SAN/NAS do we suggest?' The times they have a chang...

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  • Commvault Software and Cloud First Strategies

    Posted 06/15/2016 by Don Foster

    In my recent travels around the globe, I have had the pleasure to talk with a number of partners, customers and industry pundits about real cloud strategy and what it means for IT and business. As many would expect, these conversations often focus on being able to drive a tangible strategy for moving workloads to cloud-based environments, executing disaster recovery (DR) tests for the Cloud in the Cloud and even driving disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) for many typical on-premise applica...

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  • What It Takes To Be A Leader

    Posted 06/09/2016 by Miranda Lenning

    By now, you may know about Commvault's position as a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Software. It's important for customers and partners to understand the impact of this for a few reasons. First, customers require a reliable vendor when it comes to protecting their most important asset - their data. Commvault has consistently been positioned as a leader in backup and recovery for six years running - all while competing with larger vendors, with more market ...

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  • Ransomware and the Need for Effective Security Measures

    Posted 06/02/2016 by Monty Zarrouk

    Healthcare is a prime target for cybercriminals, with ransomware recently dominating headlines and becoming a regular occurrence. Kansas Heart Hospital is the latest ransomware victim to publicly state that it paid the demand. However after paying the first ransom, the attackers boldly demanded a second ransom to decrypt data. Other recent headlines highlighted attacks at Chino Valley Medical Center and Desert Valley Hospital of Victorville, and Hollywood Presbyterian. For the most part, healt...

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  • We Just Dont Talk the Talk When It Comes to Leveraging the Power of Data - We Also Walk The Walk

    Posted 06/01/2016 by Chris Powell

    As a data protection solutions provider, perhaps Commvault understands better than most that the increasing volumes of data being generated and collected by enterprises – on product performance, on customer behavior, on employee satisfaction – represents a great challenge, AND a great opportunity for most companies. Recently, this commitment to data measurement and analytics was recognized by one of the world’s leading research and advisory firms on B2B marketing, SiriusDecisions, when it named...

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  • Weighing Down The Cloud

    Posted 05/31/2016 by David J. King

    In my new role on Commvault’s Solutions Marketing team, it is important for me to stay connected with industry leading opinions from analysts and pundits. Storage Switzerland’s George Crump recently launched a blog relevant to cloud technologies called: “Where is the Cloud? The Cloud is a Method, Not a Location." It included some interesting views on the cloud (which I agreed with). That said, his statement “that data is weighing down the cloud, making it less flexible and less efficient,” cause...

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  • Could Your Applications Be Like Driverless Cars?

    Posted 04/20/2016 by Brian Mitchell

    Autonomous vehicles have been in the news lately. These driverless cars are capable of sensing their environment and navigating without human input. The idea is that by replacing human drivers with “autopilot” for cars, the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities will be dramatically reduced.

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  • Tips For World Backup Day

    Posted 03/31/2016 by Bill Wohl

    Happy World Backup Day! While I really hope you haven’t waited 365 days since the last WBD to back up your critical data, here are some tips you may wish to consider in the coming year.

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