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Cloud Integration with Amazon Web Services

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INTEGRATED CLOUD STORAGE SOLUTIONS FOR MODERN DATA MANAGEMENT

KEY BENEFITS

Commvault® is an APN (AWS Partner Network) Advanced Technology Partner and a Storage Competency Partner. Commvault support for the AWS Cloud helps automate and optimize data management and infrastructure management operations for customers and service providers.

• Lower Operational Costs
Reduce the administrative and storage overhead for infrequently accessed data in the Data Center by tiering to more scalable, lower cost AWS cloud storage

• Free Up Existing Data Center Space
Automatically tier older/ infrequently-accessed data to the cloud, freeing up existing more expensive disk, to accommodate ongoing data growth

• Match Storage Costs to Service Levels
Service Providers and internal IT organizations can align storage costs to SLA profile of services/ applications with automated policy based data movement and tiering

• Reduce Complexity
Integrated data management of both local storage and cloud storage from a single console minimizes administrative overhead and the need for specialized gateway appliances

• Reduce Security Risk
Encryption of data in-flight and at-rest with integrated, FIPS certified Commvault encryption software.

BUSINESSES CHALLENGES

IT organizations are increasingly challenged to protect, manage, and access business-critical data. Struggling to keep pace with rapid data growth means that storage teams are frequently looking at having to add to capacity requirements. Remote offices and mobile devices increasingly contain valuable data that go unprotected due to the proliferation of point solutions and fewer staff to manage it all. Increased government regulation around data retention policies adds to the burden, often requiring that critical data be kept for years or even decades. Finally, many IT shops worldwide are being forced to justify not only incremental spending, but also their existing expenses and headcount in the face of potential budget cuts.

Together, Commvault and Amazon Web Services deliver cost effective data management solutions to address these problems. Commvault software provides a single data management platform that seamlessly integrates with Amazon S3 and Glacier storage services for long-term data retention.

COMMVAULT SOFTWARE AND AMAZON SIMPLE STORAGE SERVICE (S3)

Commvault software is integrated with and supports Amazon S3. Commvault software seamlessly provides automated, policy based data movement between on-premises disk-based storage and Amazon S3, all from a centralized console. Commvault software delivers integrated alerting, reporting, tracking, and data verification of data copies in the cloud, while Amazon S3 provides highly scalable, reliable, secure cloud storage.

COMMVAULT SOFTWARE AND AMAZON GLACIER

Commvault software is one of the first major storage software platforms to integrate with Amazon Glacier. Amazon Glacier is an extremely low-cost storage service that provides secure and durable storage for long-term archiving and backup. Amazon Glacier is optimized for data that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable. Amazon Glacier is a complementary service to S3 which is used to restore and access data on Glacier.

IT departments and Services Providers are looking for ways to cost effectively store long term backups and archives, where the data is not expected to be restored frequently, and stored in deduplicated form to minimize long term capacity growth and TCO. With the integrated capabilities of Commvault software® and Amazon S3 and Glacier, customers can move deduplicated secondary or tertiary copy backups & archives into durable, highly available, extremely low-cost cloud storage, often replacing onsite tape silos. This can result in significant savings by freeing up space for newer deduplicated backups on higher performing disk. Customers can effectively tier storage costs according to SLA profile of the data/application/service, not only from on-premise storage into Amazon cloud storage, as well as automatically tier data from S3 into Glacier based on configurable AWS lifecycle policies.

COST EFFECTIVE

Leveraging Amazon S3 and Glacier cloud infrastructures provides a scalable, durable model that typically allows for lower overall operational costs than on-premises solutions that are fully burdened with provisioning, power and cooling, technical refreshes and more. Customers can also reduce the need to pre-purchase large amounts of spare capacity in anticipation of future data growth, enabling customers to pay only for what they use of AWS infrastructure.

Long term data retention within Amazon S3 and Glacier also lowers compliance costs associated with tape media. By retaining data in the cloud, tape infrastructure can be augmented or replaced – delivering extremely durable and cost-effective offsite archiving and disaster recovery. By using Commvault software’s content indexing prior to storage in Amazon S3 or archival in Glacier, customers can make eDiscovery requests from a centralized console independent of physical location of data.

Based on relevant use cases, Commvault software can further lower cloud storage related costs with integrated data deduplication, reducing the footprint of secondary backup and archive copies, before being sent over the network and stored in Amazon S3 and Glacier.