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On October 20, Commvault announced its next wave of evolution, kicking off a series of incremental innovations that will collectively define its next-generation approach to data protection and data management.

Commvault recently announced the core solution scenarios that encompass its vision for the future of data protection, based on what it sees as its customers’ top data protection and data management challenges:

  • Open-standards-based infrastructures.
  • New recovery mandates.
  • Traditional backup that is increasingly unable to meet today’s demands.
  • Extensible analytics built-in.
  • Access and collaboration.
  • Governance from inception.

Although the wording may differ slightly, many of the customer challenges identified by Commvault, as well as its next-generation vision, align with what ESG sees as the direction data protection must evolve toward in the near future:

  • Combining traditional backups with more agile forms of data protection to achieve the higher levels of agility and availability that restores from backups alone cannot address—including snapshots, replicas, and archives, and using disk, tape, and cloud repositories.
  • Combining data protection and data management methodologies to better secure the data and unlock incremental value from the data protection and data management infrastructure—including information governance and enhanced data-usage scenarios (e.g., collaboration and analytics).

When the dust has settled and the complete set of incremental innovations has been released, Commvault will again find itself at the front of the pack for offering a truly comprehensive data protection and management infrastructure (DPMI) within a single framework. Collectively, most of the new functionality and scenario enablement can be distilled as a goal to “deliver an extensible and open platform that enables a wide range of data protection and data management scenarios, while unlocking additional, non-traditional access to data within the heterogeneous infrastructure to help customers recognize broader usage capabilities and therefore incremental business value by partnering with Commvault.” That phrase is a long, run-on sentence. But it’s an intentional attempt to encapsulate and distill a 20-year, continually evolving, single-codebase platform.