Wednesday, January 25, 2012
On January 9th, CommVault's chairman, president and CEO Bob Hammer rang the NASDAQ Stock Market opening bell, which was a major milestone for our company and a great way to start 2012!
This is a proud moment for everyone at CommVault and the customers who share our vision for managing explosive data growth, reducing costs and improving business agility. They understand our departure from conventional thinking, and agree that Singular Information Management is the best way to solve the toughest data management problems.
For 12 years, I have worked with an amazing group of people who have helped lead CommVault's transformation from a little-known player to the industry's fastest-growing data management company. My greatest reward comes from hearing how customers are using Simpana software to transform their worlds.
At NASDAQ, IT executives from Adobe, BT, Levi Strauss & Co. and Raymond James Financial shared their stories, reinforcing common themes, such as how to address unbridled data growth, escalating storage costs and the need for increased service levels and greater business agility.
For the past decade, Raymond James has relied on CommVault to protect their Windows, Unix and Linux environments while enabling them to deal with constant data growth and DR demands. According to Bruce Philipoom, VP, IT Infrastructure Hosting for Raymond James, the ability to perform three Simpana software backups a day for the most critical financial data improves RTO/RPO while CommVault's policy automation and centralized management speeds the completion of 2,000 backup jobs across 250 branch offices each night—all handled by one administrator!
Improved RTO/RPO, lowered costs and reduced administration are benefits also shared by Adobe, according to Gary Simpson, VP, Global Infrastructure and Operations. During his presentation, Gary talked about how CommVault's unified data protection and roadmap for integrating with hybrid public and private cloud environments gives Adobe the agility to make, manage and monetize all types of digital content.
Gary has transformed his IT operation into a nimble, services-oriented team that delivers Infrastructure as a Service and Information Technology Service Management. It was exciting to learn how Simpana software has simplified data protection across Adobe while helping slash the TCO of backup infrastructure and operations.
Equally rewarding was hearing how Maurice Nettesheim, head of BT Compute Portfolio, BT Global Services Benelux, has improved backups and restores of 20 PBs of fast-growth data so much that they've decided to launch a new managed service. With "BT Backup on Demand," the company now can further leverage Simpana software to offer hosted customers a range of services, including data protection, automatic discovery and integrated archiving.
Throughout the presentations, what struck me most was best summed up by Bart Hecht, VP and CTO, Levi Strauss & Co., when he affirmed that CommVault's customers are our greatest assets. I agree, especially after being reminded of how in a little over a year, Levi's has fixed broken backups and restores using Simpana software and now is ready to add deduplication and our new "virtualize me" option to strengthen operational excellence while simplifying DR and data management.
During all these rubber-meets-the-road discussions, I repeatedly heard about CommVault's partnership approach, as each company cited our close relationships and responsive service and support. In every case, we're doing so much more than just backups.
We're trusted advisors, in it for the long haul and focused on helping our customers drive increased business value and respond quickly and efficiently to changes in their worlds. That's the secret to our fast growth and long-term success.
But don't just take my word for it. Many of these execs will be on hand during our SolveForward virtual event, being held February 1st. This will be another great opportunity to hear how we're outpacing our competitors in terms of innovation and market momentum.
Thanks to NASDAQ and our customers. There is more news to come, as we put 2012 in high gear. How about you? What's on the top of your data management resolution list for the New Year? I'm eager to know, so drop me a line.
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