I have been with Commvault for more than 26 years and led our decision to build Commvault on Microsoft infrastructure 20 years ago. That long-standing relationship enabled us to have Microsoft as our Foundation Partner. Our relationship has flourished over two decades as we continue work with Microsoft to deliver data management solutions that enable higher resiliency, visibility and agility for business-critical workloads and data in our customers’ hybrid environments.
Commvault recently doubled down on that decision with our support for the general availability of Microsoft Azure VMware Solution (AVS), which was announced at Microsoft Ignite. With AVS, customers can benefit from Azure by having access to all Commvault data management services.
In addition, this week we took a significant step in easing and accelerating the ability for our Commvault Backup & Recovery or HyperScale™ X customers to use Azure by offering Metallic Cloud Storage Service (MCSS) as the default option for cloud storage. This is simple to use, pre-configured Azure blob storage that enables rapid and simple “Cool” blob storage immediately integrated with all of Commvault Complete’s functionality. I expect this to be a hit with our shared customers and partners. This big step shows how advantageous is it for Commvault to use the same codebase, be it for Metallic or Commvault Complete, and is another major step in what will be a series of updates toward integrating our hybrid and SaaS offerings.
This support joins the multitude of ways that we use Azure to deliver Commvault’s features from our Metallic SaaS solution. Microsoft’s infrastructure enables us to use the same codebase to give our customers a choice of delivery mechanisms – hybrid or SaaS. Using Azure to host and deliver Metallic was an easy decision for Commvault, sparking customer confidence due to Azure’s performance, scale, reliability and security.
It’s that reliability, security and scalability of Azure that optimizes Commvault’s data management capabilities. We’re using Azure when enhancing environments such as:
- Offering long-term retention for Azure PaaS Open Source databases such as MySQL, PostGreSQL and Maria, as well as SQL/Azure and SAP
- Enabling heterogeneous support, including using Azure as a storage area for IBM AS/400 (iSeries), including Bare Metal Recovery capabilities
- Enabling Microsoft 365 content to be indexed for e-Discovery/Compliance ALONG WITH other heterogeneous, enterprise-wide, storage-agnostic data for a single search across the enterprise
- Enhancing Microsoft 365 data management and protection that includes the ability to migrate Exchange on-premises mailboxes to Microsoft 365
- Enabling workload and VM migration, including end of support Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 workloads
- Identifying the correct data based on content, metadata or other assets that better target that data for Microsoft AI capabilities, including Azure Machine Learning, helping customers be “AI-Ready”
- Providing a simple way to migrate from tape as a storage device to Azure – including Commvault’s ability to write to Azure Immutable storage
These are just some of the examples of how Commvault offers consistent data management via one solution, regardless if that data originates on-premises or in Azure. Customers can use the same secure, powerful and consistent Commvault data management tool – based on Microsoft’s infrastructure.
As the industry accelerates toward Digital Transformation, Commvault continues to collaborate with Microsoft to provide leading edge solutions to improve the value and usage of the data. Enabling easier, faster and simpler use of Azure within Commvault are things we’re always thinking about with Microsoft.
Check out the Microsoft blog on business-critical applications on Azure, and reach out to us at Microsoft@Commvault.com for more information. Learn more about how Commvault and Microsoft work together.
Randy De Meno is Commvault’s VP/CTO, Microsoft Practice & Solutions.