VMworld seems to bring the virtualization out of all of us – many companies have timed new announcements and capabilities to launch either at or around VMworld, held in San Francisco earlier this month. CommVault announced two new solutions: CommVault Edge and CommVault VM Archiving.

Highlights: CommVault Edge- Protect edge data and boost productivity


Referencing a white paper just published by CommVault, “Game Changer: Unlocking Employee Access to Information”

A recent study reveals that soaring data volumes, proliferating silos, and growing demand for instant access have produced headaches for IT and Enterprise employees alike. A single data repository and self-service access puts forward-thinking companies one step closer to solving that dilemma.

In a now distant past, most companies complained that they had too little information about customers, products, and markets. Today they’re drowning in it. In fact, “the ‘digital universe’—the total of all digital data created (and replicated)—will reach 4ZB in 2013, almost 50 percent more than 2012 volumes, and nearly a quadrupling of 2010 volumes,” according to analysts at IDC, in Framingham, Mass. “ZB” stands for zettabyte, and each one is roughly equal to a billion terabytes. Meanwhile, thanks to hugely popular new technologies like virtualization, cloud computing, mobility, and social media, businesses are storing all that data across the enterprise in more places and on more devices than ever before.

 >> Read the white paper

Highlights: VM Archiving

Using administrator-defined policies, CommVault’s new VM Archiving functionality can automatically identify, power down, relocate, archive and recover inactive virtual machines in VMware vSphere environments.

VM Archiving allows users to:

Find, relocate and retire stale or orphaned VMs during the backup process to enable increased administrative control; set parameters for automatic management of virtual resources and expiration criteria based on CPU, network, and disk usage. Once configured, archiving is performed as part of the normal backup cycle.

 Increase utilization and reduce storage hardware costs by automatically moving powered-off VMs from expensive Tier 1 disks to more cost-efficient, longer retention tiers, either on disk or in the cloud, using VMware Storage vMotion. Relocated VMs can be archived at the same time or later.

Streamline testing and development operations by continually recycling compute, memory and shared storage resources in virtual hosts.

 Recover archived VMs in a single step using a stub (marker) in VMware vCenter.

 Integrate with Simpana software’s Virtual Server Agent (VSA) for backup and recovery of virtual machines. Simpana VSA automatically manages hardware storage array snapshots for instant protection and recovery of virtualized applications, with built-in support for all the major storage arrays.

Incorporate with Simpana 10 workflows to automate more complex, repetitive administrative tasks with drag-and-drop simplicity.

Sue Griffin is the Director of Corporate Communications with Sirius Computer Solutions.