Microsoft Ignite Tackles IT Challenges and Sparks Innovation

Posted 05/14/2015 by Randy De Meno

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Last week, more than 23,000 IT professionals converged in Chicago for Microsoft’s inaugural Ignite Conference (think TechEd + SharePoint Conference + Exchange Conference for those of you industry veterans) with high hopes for learning how to make life a little easier in the new era of enterprise computing. The event did not fail to impress!

The conference also marked our 15-year anniversary since MSFT’s equity investment and our decision to build our heterogeneous data management software exclusively on Windows. It also gave us the opportunity to display our seamless integration with Microsoft’s products. Multiple demos at our booth highlighted our:

Data management solutions: We hosted in-lab sessions to showcase our integration with Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Exchange, SQL Server, Active Directory and SharePoint.

New applications for calculating the value of Commvault: Visitors were among the first to try out our value calculators – new tools that allow our users to see how Commvault solutions stack up against our competitors’.

Integrated Backup Appliance: Attendees got an in-depth look at our all-in-one backup appliance to understand how its purpose-built, pre-configured data protection features save our customers both time and money.

We even had a game running where attendees could win an XBox! (XBox not only provides the best gaming experience out there but has used Commvault for more than a decade!). In terms of takeaways, the most important one was hearing from countless longtime Commvault customers who sang our praises – a little pat on the back is not necessary, but always welcome. Even more welcome are suggestions for new features for our product.

Commvault speakers cover all things Azure

Commvault leaders Chris Van Wagoner, Paul McClure, Rob Kaloustian and myself had opportunities to lead not one but three sessions at Microsoft Ignite. During these sessions, we discussed and demonstrated ways to enhance heterogeneous, on-premise IT, virtualization, cloud and Software-as-a-Service initiatives. What’s more, we showcased real-world examples for how IT professionals can use Azure as a fully integrated, natural extension of an enterprise’s data center. Attendees left our sessions armed with best practices they can take back to their organizations and use every day as they work to streamline their dynamic IT environments and ensure their data is fully protected.

All work and no play…

While we were busy at our booth throughout the show, we had some time early in the week to have a little fun with more than 2,000 IT comrades during our Ignite Rocks! party at the House of Blues. To kick things off, Alysa Taylor, the Microsoft GM for Cloud and Enterprise, personally welcomed the crowd and gave a big shout out to Commvault for our long standing partnership and focus on enabling Azure to be consumed smartly, efficiently and easily. Music to our ears! The energy from that evening lasted until the end of the week and we were thrilled to help countless attendees learn how to optimize their Commvault and Microsoft environments.