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How to Realistically Improve Your Recoverability with Commvault

Keep Your Business Running With Holistic Data Protection

Your goal is availability for the applications, databases, virtual machines, servers and data that runs the business. If your availability strategy includes point solutions, older approaches and manual processes, you may not be ready when a disaster strikes.

Many disaster recovery solutions and data protection solutions claim to provide varying degrees of recovery capabilities after an outage. But which solution will really protect and restore your business workloads when an actual disaster strikes?

How to Realistically Improve Your Availability Strategy with Commvault

Commvault has been continually enhancing its real-world availability solution based on customer requirements and actual experience. The Commvault® Data Platform lets you streamline and automate disaster recovery testing and actual disaster recovery scenarios with less cost, effort and risk. From a single interface, you can manage disaster recovery on-premises and into the cloud.

Commvault support for recovery is flexible enough to include physical servers, storage arrays, hypervisors, applications, databases, cloud environments, containers, and even big data platforms. With Commvault, you can even perform recovery across your cloud providers – in one cloud, in multiple cloud regions or across public clouds – all from a single data management platform.

Wherever workloads need to move – to the cloud, from the cloud, across clouds or back to the data center – the Commvault platform gives you the flexibility to make the right recovery choices for your organization.

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Tackle Ransomware with Recovery Across Endpoints and Servers

Cyberattacks are the second leading cause of IT outages after power failures. Cyberattacks like ransomware target both your servers and your endpoints such as laptops. The Commvault platform detects, mitigates and recovers your environment using a multi-layered method.

While some older disaster recovery solutions are limited to recovering either endpoints or servers, Commvault knows you need comprehensive recovery. Commvault software can provide recovery for endpoints, servers and applications all from the same interface.

The Commvault platform protects your environment with the following multi-layered methodology:


  • Monitor unusual file changes to detect ransomware
  • Deploy decoy files to trap ransomware and generate alerts
  • Flag processes that are abnormal (i.e. too many reads)


  • Harden access to the Commvault database and disk library
  • Prevent unauthorized access by selective encryption of files and folders
  • Monitor and block mount path to disk to prevent suspicious writes


  • Recover using protected backup files (encrypted, on-premises, cloud, SaaS)
  • Self-service, point-in-time recovery restoration
  • Restore endpoints (i.e. laptops), servers and applications
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Availability through Real-World Options

What features will you actually use to protect your IT environment on a daily basis? What features will be needed at time of a disaster? There are a lot of options and solutions from various providers, but your availability requirements will call for something that accommodates your unique infrastructure, process and cost. Instead of locking you into one availability method, Commvault provides options so that you have the right amount of availability you need at the right cost level that fits your budget.

Recovery solutions for various outage scenarios - data loss, local outage, ransomware, disaster - all from one Commvault platform

Archive: restore inactive data, databases, and virtual machines from low cost disk. Use the Commvault OnePass™ feature to combine backup, deduplication and archive into one integrated operation.

Backup: use one solution, one index, and one dashboard to backup and restore endpoints, physical, virtual, databases, SaaS and cloud.

Disaster Recovery: automated disaster recovery failover solution for site-wide disasters. Leverage cloud and multiple replication options for cost effective disaster recovery.

Multiple replication options so that you can allocate the appropriate disaster recovery SLA (i.e. RPO/RTO) and cost to the various application and database tiers in your data center

Live Sync Direct: Have RPO of 15 minutes. Restore quickly using disaster-ready virtual machine images on the disaster recovery side or snapshot images. VMware-to-VMware support.

Live Sync (Array-Based): Backup and replicate the storage hardware snapshot to the disaster recovery site. Restore quickly using the disaster-ready images. Supports VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Oracle DB and PostgreSQL. Disaster recovery RPO depends on customer defined backup intervals.

Live Sync: Backup and replicate the data to the disaster recovery site. Restore quickly using the disaster-ready images. Supports VMware, Hyper-V, AWS, Azure, Oracle DB and PostgreSQL. Disaster recovery RPO depends on customer defined backup intervals.

Remote Backups: Move full backup copies to the disaster recovery side, helping ensure faster restores. Use as low cost disaster recovery for tier 2 or 3 applications.

DASH (Deduplication Accelerate Streaming Hash) Copy: Deduplicate and move data to the disaster recovery site. Lowers storage cost. Low cost disaster recovery for tier 2 or 3 applications.

Remote Archives: Segregated, encrypted archives. Can be used as a low-cost data protection solution for ransomware recovery.

OS Support: Windows, Linux, AIX, HPUX, Solaris

Broad platform protection for your archive, backup and disaster recovery scenarios

Cloud and SaaS Support: AWS, Azure, Oracle, Office365, Salesforce, Google Mail, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive

Hypervisor Support: VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, OpenStack, RedHat, Oracle, KVM

Application Support: Oracle, Oracle RAC, SAP, SAP HANA, MS SQL, MySQL, DB2, PostgreSQL, Sybase, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, Documentum, etc.

Snapshot Management Support: Dell EMC, NetApp, IBM , Hitachi Vantara, HPE, Pure Storage, Datacore , Huawei, NEC, Nutanix, etc.

5 Steps to Application-Aware Data Protection

Application owners need to know that they’ll be able to recover their data at the application level when disaster strikes.

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Simplified, Automated Recovery Operations with Options

At time of disaster, or during disaster recovery tests conducted every 6 to 12 months, many interconnected activities need to happen to successfully carry out the disaster recovery failover process. Given the unexpected nature of outages, a simplified and automated recovery operation is needed as you won’t have all your team members at the time of disaster.

Commvault software provides these simplified recovery operations and goes one step further by giving you options so that you can prioritize recovery of what you really need at time of disaster.

Simplified, automated recovery operations with options so that you can recover what you really need at time of disaster

Planned Failover: Helps ensure that you have the latest data. Use when the disaster is anticipated. This failover option will power down the production; run a selective backup of the production; perform replication; disable the Live Sync connection; and power on the target disaster recovery virtual machine.

Unplanned Failover: Use when failover speed (i.e. Recovery Time Objective) is priority. Use during unexpected disasters. This failover option will power down the production, disable the Live Sync connection, and power on the disaster recovery virtual machine.

Live Recovery: Use when virtual machine needs to be up and running quickly. Enables virtual machine to be recovered and powered on from backup without waiting for a full restore of the virtual machine. Can also be used to validate backup to be disaster recovery ready.

Live Browse: Browse, download and upload files and folders from the backup data, snapshots, PST files, cloud data, and non-backup data. Can access data from the web and mobile devices.

Live Mount: Use to run virtual machine directly from backup and access the data in the virtual machine without restoring the guest files. Validate disaster recovery readiness and the content inside the virtual machine.

Failback: Return to the original production or new production site and ensure that the latest data is updated. This failback option will power off the disaster recovery virtual machine, perform backup of the disaster recovery virtual machine, restore changes to the production site virtual machine, power on the production virtual machine and enable Live Sync on the production virtual machine.

Failover Groups: Setup and monitor disaster recovery operations for a group of virtual machines. Live Sync replication, planned failover, unplanned failover, failback, test boot operations can be conducted.

Workflow: Create personalized procedures that can be executed with one click. The Commvault personalization team can help create these personalized workflows or you can download sample workflows and create workflows on their own. Complicated procedures can be carried out easily at time of disaster by using the workflow.

Disaster recovery test features and disaster recovery-readiness validation features so that you can help ensure your disaster recovery process will be successful

Test Boot Virtual Machine: Use to quickly test your disaster recovery setup. This will take a snapshot of the disaster recovery site virtual machine, disable network adapters on the disaster recovery virtual machine, power on the disaster recovery virtual machine, verify the status of the virtual machine tools, revert the snapshot of the disaster recovery virtual machine, and delete the snapshot of the disaster recovery virtual machine.

Virtual Labs, Dev-Test: Use for disaster recovery test or to test a group of virtual machines from backup or replication jobs. Users can create and manage virtual machines and have policies assigned to those virtual machines (compute, storage, network, lifecycle, resource limits, access, etc.). Can be run from VMware, Hyper-V and Amazon AWS.

Live Mount, Live Browse, Live Recovery: Mentioned above. Can be used to validate the virtual machine and the data in quick, simple ways.

Integrated availability solution so you know what is going on throughout your entire protected environment

One Dashboard: Use one GUI to monitor and manage your availability operations whether it is servers, virtual machines, cloud, applications or endpoint devices.

One Framework: Whether you are doing backups or full disaster recovery, the setup is the same: (a) define what you want to protect, (b) define where to send the data to, (c) define how you want it protected. Commvault software provides integration to the filesystems, OS, hypervisors, applications, storage, clouds, SaaS, and endpoints to keep things simple.

The Commvault platform’s support for a variety of physical servers, storage arrays, hypervisors, applications, databases, cloud environments, containers, and even big data platforms helps you protect your evolving environment.

  2. Gartner Symposium, 5 Benefits of Disaster Recovery in the Cloud.
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