Simplified data protection of Microsoft® Azure Premium Storage with Commvault®

By Stephan Dickinson

Scaling IT infrastructure to keep up with the demand for business needs has always been a challenge. Traditional on-premises data centers are designed around local storage arrays such as EMC/Dell and NetApp hardware filers, which utilize direct access protocols, such as SMB or NFS. However, with rapid cloud adoption, organizations need to scale to keep up with the resource demand of increased application workloads, and remaining on-premises limits business growth.

For this reason, organizations are looking to the cloud to use blob-based container storage, with its massive parallel reading capabilities, as it rapidly outpaces the older direct access protocols. Using Microsoft Azure Premium Storage, organizations now have access to high performing cloud storage, utilizing SSDs and flash hardware, rather than traditional spinning hard drives. However, some business applications still need to use traditional access methods as well as the original security models for continued operation.

For this reason, Microsoft has introduced NFS 3.0 support for Azure Blob storage. With NFS 3.0 support for Azure Blob storage, organizations can now scale by taking advantage of the high performing Microsoft Azure Premium storage, with peace of mind that their legacy applications utilizing direct access protocols can operate in the cloud as well.

But using Microsoft Azure Premium Storage comes with an important data protection trade-off. Today, Premium Storage only supports Local Redundant Storage (LRS), as opposed to the Zone and Geo-Redundant storage models that are available to standard tiers of blob storage. For some workloads, this might be good enough, but modern enterprises are constantly threatened by ransomware and other business crippling threats, and smart companies need to take additional precautions.

This is where Commvault comes in. Today, Commvault can protect your application workloads running on Azure Premium Storage, regardless of the direct access protocol. In less than three minutes of configuration, we can select the appropriate workloads, assign a plan to support your corporate SLA and set the data to be replicated to multiple geographic zones and regions. This is, of course, in addition to all Commvault’s traditional hybrid cloud or multi-cloud features.

Commvault Backup and Recovery also adds additional value to Azure customers. Our indexed data protection allows both admins and end-users to browse and restore individual files and folders as well as entire volumes of data.

Be sure to learn more about Commvault’s protection of Azure Premium Storage.

Stephan Dickinson is a Commvault Product Manager.