With the introduction today of a new storage-optimized server category in Cisco’s UCS portfolio – the UCS S-Series – Cisco is helping customers enact a hybrid strategy that combines the best attributes of on-premises and public cloud storage to meet these needs, all while lowering Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). It also marks the latest innovation to emerge from Cisco’s ASAP Data Center Strategy, which helps customers analyze, simplify, automate, and through Commvault, protect the data and IT capabilities critical to digital transformation. From our standpoint, we couldn’t be more supportive of this announcement because it represents good news for our joint customers.
Commvault’s support for the high performance and deeply dense UCS S-Series enables customers to use the new servers to back up, DR and Business Continuity, Archive and recover both traditional application data, as well as rapidly increasing amounts of unstructured data driven by the rise of IoT, video, mobility, collaboration and real-time analytic applications. Our collaboration also helps customers implement hybrid data protection strategies for all their data storage infrastructure – from the core data center spanning out to the cloud as needed. Additionally, it allows our customers to avoid the costs and complexities associated with using legacy or multiple single-purpose point products, and instead build modern data infrastructures that deliver valuable business insights.
Our integration into Cisco’s S-Series extends on our shared commitment to help enterprises take the complexity out of managing data with solutions that protect mission critical applications. Also with all the data in the enterprise while also automating administrative processes, scaling easily from TBs to PBs and supporting aggressive recovery-time objective and recovery-point objective (RTO/RPO) targets, all from a single, unified console. Since the beginning of our relationship, Commvault and Cisco have focused on addressing real pain points around ease of purchase, deployment and performance tuning. With easy-to-buy, validated and pre-optimized reference architectures announced this summer, Commvault and Cisco enabled customers to reduce unnecessary hardware acquisition costs, optimize mission critical applications, eliminate risk and reduce the time to implement the right-sized solution.
In addition to supporting today’s UCS S-Series category and launching reference architectures for Cisco, Commvault also announced support for Cisco HyperFlex, the company’s hyper converged system combining compute, storage and networking into an easy-to-use platform built on Cisco UCS infrastructure. Through this support, Commvault provides data protection and recovery of data workloads, and applications running across virtualized and cloud infrastructures on Cisco HyperFlex. This is done to increase automation, scalability and provide VM specific support.
As a Preferred Solution Partner within the Cisco® Solution Partner Program, we applaud Cisco’s announcement today and look forward to creating innovative joint solutions together 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. It also includes integrated infrastructure protection across converged infrastructure stacks that incorporate primary storage from other partners like Pure, Nimble, NetApp and more.