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 in several trips to the hardware store. It is ill-afforded time, especially at the expense of your sleep and your child’s potential happiness.

The same is true with data protection solutions. Choosing a data protection solution based on individual server, storage and data protection software can be time consuming from identifying the configuration, selecting vendors, verifying hardware and software compatibility to installation, testing connectivity and optimizing for performance. All of these steps require time by your staff. Any delay may impact the implementation plan and affect lines of business by putting their application or data at risk.

A New Solution to Save Time and Speed Implementation

Commvault recognizes these challenges and is addressing them through reference architectures with Cisco. A reference architecture saves your staff valuable time while delivering a predictable implementation. It is a set of tested and validated data protection solutions built on industry standard servers, storage and software from trusted leaders. The reference architecture provides:

  1. Easy ordering. All hardware and software components and specifications are identified for the server, storage and data protection software.
  2. Faster installation. 'How to' manuals are available for easy, step-by-step installation. No longer does your team have to struggle with on-the-job training as part of an install.
  3. Right-sizing. All configurations are scoped, tested and validated for performance and scalability based on the workload, which removes the guesswork.

Most important, reference architectures give you the confidence in knowing it will meet your business needs and save your staff valuable time.

Reference Architecture with Cisco

Commvault and Cisco have partnered to create the first set of reference architectures. Together, we have identified, tested and validated small, medium, large and extra large (S, M, L, XL) configurations for both Commvault CommServe and MediaAgent components - or building blocks - to ensure performance and capacity needs are met. Our fully tested solution eliminates the need for multiple, disparate products that increase capital costs and management overhead. If you use Cisco UCS blade servers for your applications today, UCS storage servers with Commvault software are a natural extension.

Why Commvault and Cisco? Commvault and Cisco are trusted leaders in their respective markets. More important, they have a history of working together to address customer challenges. Commvault, a Preferred Solution Partner within the Cisco® Solution Partner Program, is able to quickly create solutions that can be deployed with enhanced capabilities and performance for the data center. Great examples include: the Backup as a Service (BaaS) Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for Service Providers; solutions for the demands of backup and lifecycle management in scaling virtualized environments, including VMs, private clouds and hybrid clouds; and integrated infrastructure protection across stacks that include primary storage from other partners like Pure, Nimble, NetApp and more. Today, Commvault and Cisco have created reference architectures to take the guesswork out of identifying, scoping, implementing and managing data protection solutions; be on the look-out for more integrations and partner-focused solutions down the road.

For more information on the Commvault reference architectures with Cisco, visit Commvault.com or download the Commvault Software with Cisco Unified Computing System solution overview.