Alignment between Microsoft and Commvault evident throughout Ignite

By Randy De Meno and Bill Byron Concevitch

The first completely virtual Microsoft Ignite event provided 48 hours of non-stop excitement with ways to collaborate, learn and gain new perspectives about tackling your biggest business and technology opportunities.

Starting with Satya Nadella’s kickoff keynote, it’s obvious that Microsoft continues to lead the way in helping organizations and individuals cope during this unprecedented time, and to quickly pivot to remote workers and remote data. Microsoft’s leadership is unique in that they’re providing the key elements – the infrastructure (Azure & Windows Server) in which to host data, applications and the collaboration tools. Oftentimes strategically aligned partners leverage tools like Azure, SQL, Dynamics and Office to enhance and accelerate a customer’s Digital Transformation while providing value – that’s where we want Commvault to always be.

Tech intensity and the data estate

Satya’s definition of tech intensity resonated in a big way. Tech intensity = tech adoption x tech capability, which translates into this: If you have the technology, but cannot execute on business advantages with the technology, then what is the value? His question for each of us is to ask ourselves: “Is my digital strategy right?”

From the major enhancements in Azure and Teams to continued innovation in applied AI, the theme is clear: Automating business operations helps deal with the reality of the data estate expanding into the environment of each and every remote worker—are we ready?

The year of data

Another theme throughout Ignite: this is the year of data. Microsoft is helping every customer use data to transform their business. Data is essential to transformation. Removing barriers from moving to the cloud accelerates transformation. Many of the advancements in Azure Stack and Azure Edge Zones are making sure the cloud is ready for the increase in remote workers. Commvault complements this vision by identifying data in various ways (content, metadata, type, location, etc.) and efficiently moving it to Azure such that customers are “AI-Ready” to use Microsoft’s vast array of Cognitive Services and PowerBI.

ESG-led panel of Microsoft and Commvault experts handle tough questions on hybrid cloud  

A highlight of the many “Ask the Experts” sessions was the panel of experts sharing advice on making sure all of the data in your data estate is business ready. As one Microsoft expert shared, “Our customers are using Commvault to ‘wrap’ their applications and file system data to store and sync it to cloud storage services, securely. … This comes with the ability to ensure that the restored data is valid and now business ready.”

This session had a unique set of Commvault and Microsoft experts providing guidance on leveraging Azure. Speaking from a position with more than a decade of experience in optimizing and using Azure were Commvault’s CTO, Brian Brockway (LinkedIn), VP/CTO of the Microsoft Practice & Solutions,De Meno (LinkedIn/Twitter) and field CTO, Vidya Shankaran (LinkedIn), along with Microsoft’s Senior Product Manager of Azure Storage, Saurabh Sensharma (LinkedIn/Twitter).

The quick, 30-minute session was led by Christophe Bertrand, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (LinkedIn). It was packed with practical, actionable advice for your cloud journey. Be sure to listen to the on-demand version.

Now that Microsoft Ignite is over, it doesn’t mean the knowledge sharing is complete. Join us on Sept. 30 for the next webinar in our “Sound Advice for the Cloud Journey” series, “Protecting Your Data in a Distributed, Hybrid World.” It features experts from HPE, Microsoft and Commvault discussing how to make sure you’ve got your entire data estate protected and recovery ready in this hybrid reality.