Celebrating SaaS-Based Data Management for Enterprise Data Protection

Posted 04/30/2018 by Mayur Dewailkar

With the increasing adoption of hybrid cloud strategy in enterprise IT environments, users are finding themselves struggling with the fragmentation of data across on-premises and cloud infrastructures. Customers often have to deal with multiple interfaces to monitor their data and get meaningful operational and business insights. Commvault foresaw this happening several years ago, and that led to the creation of the cloud.commvault.com platform.

Did you know we have just celebrated a five-year milestone of Commvault customers managing and monitoring their enterprise data via the Commvault SaaS platform on cloud.commvault.com?  This platform allows Commvault users to easily understand what is happening across their Commvault deployments, on-premises and in the cloud.

The Commvault platform offers a rich portfolio of services such as analytics, metrics and health reporting, upgrade testing, external data connectors for easy migration, and a rich developer community for publishing custom workflows and reports.

Over these past five years, the platform has been hugely popular with our users and now monitors more than 20,000 deployments, more than 550 PB of data and more than three million assets.

Key SaaS-based services for enterprise data protection

Relentless customer focus has always been the key to innovation at Commvault, and the innovation we’ve delivered on our SaaS data management and monitoring platform over the past five years has been no exception. With more than 15 services now available on the platform, it is truly a one-stop shop for our customers’ data management needs.

Here are some of the key services customers are using on cloud.commvault.com:

  1. Operational Monitoring: The Commvault platform provides operational insights such as backup job summary, license usage, total data protected, service level agreement (SLA) compliance and deduplication savings. Organizations have the ability to dive deeper in specific areas for help improve their operational efficiency.

Fig 1: Commvault SaaS Platform- Operational Monitoring Dashboard

  1. Reporting: With more than 20 built-in reports included in the Commvault platform, users can get visibility into overall environment trends and predict future needs. Customers are often using these Commvault reports to show capacity growth and trend, chargebacks, storage resource summary, pre-upgrade readiness and average throughput of jobs.

Fig 2: Commvault SaaS Platform - Built-in reporting options

  1. External Data Connector: Many organizations are using more than one backup system, whether it’s a legacy system or one that came into the IT environment through a merger or acquisition. The Commvault External Data Connector (EDC) service provides the ability to collect and merge information from a non-Commvault environment into a virtual Commvault environment in the Commvault cloud environment. For enterprises that already have a supported backup product installed, the Commvault platform automatically collects and merges information such as hosts, clients, schedules, compression options and encryption directives. This simplifies the migration from a non-Commvault environment to the Commvault platform. All major backup products are supported.
  1. System Discovery and Archive Analyzer: The Commvault platform includes a System Discovery and Archive Analyzer for Applications tool to help manage applications. This non-intrusive and highly secure tool externally collects application details from a selected list of servers and stages the information on a virtual machine.  
    Important use cases include:
    - File System Analysis to track usage, distribution and file-level analytics.
    - Identify files for archiving and space reclaimed after archiving. 
    - Assist with data protection estimates and backup window timeframes.
  1. Analytics: Discover meaningful insights and unleash your data's full potential with the Commvault platform’s analytics option. Underneath the analytics umbrella, you have several options:
  • a. Data Analytics: View statistical information about the unstructured, big data in your environment, such as files and emails. With this information, you can quickly assess the current state of your big data, take actionable steps to retrieve valuable storage space and mitigate the risk of compliance-related issues. For more information, see Data Analytics - Overview.
  • b. Data Cube: Allows you to collect the information residing in various data repositories throughout your enterprise. You can then reorganize the data, mine the data, and publish the data to your own apps with RESTful APIs to fit your needs. For more information, see Data Cube Overview.
  • c. NAS System Discovery: View detailed storage information about the supported Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices in your Commvault CommCell environment. The report information includes: volumes, LUNs, arrays, storage pools, available storage space, volume paths, and more. For more information, see NAS System Discovery Overview
  • d. Enterprise Explorer: Collect information about the computers in your IT infrastructure. You can then use the Commvault Data Cube to view several different reports about system events, hardware, virtual machines, and more. For more information, see Analyze Windows Resources with Enterprise Explorer.
  • e. Web Analytics: Track the key performance indicators of your website or web application, such as web traffic, content search, accessibility, speed and so on. The Commvault platform’s Web Analytics also provides statistical information about the users of your website or application by converting the interactions of the users with your website or application into actionable insights. For more information, see Web Analytics - Overview

Fig 3: Commvault SaaS Platform – Built in Analytics

  1. Sensitive Data Discovery: Use the Commvault platform’s entity extraction to perform a risk analysis of how much sensitive data (such as personal identification numbers or credit card numbers) exists in your files. This works with an individual file or a compressed set of files.
  1. Developer Community: Launched recently, the developer community allows developers to publish custom workflows, reports and apps to cloud.commvault.com using the Commvault platform’s open standard APIs.

Gain better visibility into your enterprise data protection environments

As you can see, Commvault customers have unparalleled data management and monitoring capabilities using Commvault’s SaaS-based data management platform, cloud.commvault.com

To get started with a trial or to see a comprehensive demo, talk to your local Commvault team

Mayur Dewaikar is a Sr. Director of Product Management at Commvault. Over the past 15 years, Mayur has held several senior roles in Product Management and Technical Sales within the tech industry. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mayur leads product strategy for emerging initiatives at Commvault. Mayur holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Engineering and a MBA in marketing.