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Commvault Snapshot Management Technology Solution Overview

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Enterprises today increasingly turn to array-based snapshots and replication to augment or replace legacy data protection solutions. The challenge is that native array snapshot tools have varying degrees of functionality, automation, scripting requirements, hardware support and application awareness. Commvault streamlines snapshot management and exponentially accelerates data protection and recovery operations.


Exponential data growth is forcing enterprises to turn to array-based snapshots and replication to augment or replace overwhelmed legacy data protection. The challenge is that native array snapshot tools have varying degrees of functionality, automation, scripting requirements, hardware support and application awareness that can add administrative complexity. They can also make it more difficult to realize the full potential of snapshots — especially in heterogeneous storage environments.

Commvault solves this problem with IntelliSnap snapshot management technology. IntelliSnap technology streamlines and simplifies snapshot management, bringing deep application awareness to nearly all of the industry’s top storage arrays to unify snapshot-based protection and provide rapid recovery of applications, file systems, VMs and data. Commvault snapshot management technology leverages the efficiency of hardware-based snapshots to help today’s enterprises speed recovery, eliminate scripting and lower infrastructure costs.


Today’s data center trends of virtualization, cloud and big data are running in parallel with data-specific trends that include explosive data growth, more demanding service level agreements (SLAs), demands for higher application availability and increasingly problematic backup and recovery — all of which are driving greater adoption of snapshot and replication technologies:

  • According to InformationWeek’s State of Storage 2014 report, a majority of organizations are experiencing exponential rates of data growth (73% of respondents indicated that the total amount of data to store and manage is growing 10%–49% annually).
  • 451 Research reports that “Backup windows are shrinking, and users often find it difficult — or even impossible — to complete their backups in the allotted time.” Furthermore, “IT professionals consistently complain about increasingly stringent recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO) requirements.”
  • While 65% of organizations have deployed snapshots, according to InformationWeek, only 35% report they “use [snapshots] widely.”
  • Commenting on a shift in data protection technology, 451 Research says, “It’s possible that within a few years, some larger IT organizations will forgo traditional backup applications altogether and make array-based snapshots their primary form of data protection. However, we think that will, in almost all cases, include the use of both replication and traditional backup functions, such as indexing and cataloging, to manage the snapshots.”