Single Search Interface

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-07-09 Print this article Print

With Simpana, corporate users—and not just IT managers—can now access in real time all the companys current and historical information through a Web-based interface, CommVaults West said.

The suites new Business User Search feature helps organizations to respond to legal discovery actions and compliance audits, West said. Business people can use direct search to access documents, files and e-mails stored online and in backup and archive copies.
Through a single interface, users can gain data access to quickly respond to discovery requests driven by various regulations both in the United States and abroad, such as the U.S. FRCP (Federal Rules of Civil Procedure), SEC Rule 17a, the Companies Act in the UK, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), Basel II, and others.
The search capability makes data that has been locked in backup or archive copies instantly available from that single search interface, West said. In a single search using keywords or phrases, the user is presented with all the relevant items—including their online and offline managed copies—across different client and application systems, he said. A key under-the-hood update is the "widening of the suites back-end data pipe, which is a proprietary portion of code that links the front end to a back-end storage device. The data pipe has been updated to support many more concurrent data streams across a LAN, from an average of 25 to 50 concurrent pipes to around 200, West said. Also new is SmartClient, an agent on the client server that scans the file system in the background and queues up all changes for presentation to the backup agent ahead of an incremental backup, West said. "A package like the CommVault Simpana 7.0 software suite with its single architecture, improves access to information and delivers additional business value by providing customers the capability to organize data in ways that leverage the integration of data protection, archive, replication, storage management and classification," said Rhoda Phillips, IDC storage software research manager. Steve Weiskircher, director of IT for consumer electronic retailer Crutchfield Corp. and a longtime CommVault customer, told eWEEK that his backup routine for his 120 servers is "basically set it and forget it. We do a full weekly backup, plus an incremental nightly backup, and its been uneventful, which is very good." CommVault backs up Crutchfields file servers, databases, domain servers, and all supporting business data, Weiskircher said. Crutchfield bought CommVault first in 2003 because "they offered full support for Microsoft Exchange, SQL and SharePoint [servers]," Weiskircher said. "We like the full SharePoint backup and recovery, the fact that you can find individual e-mail messages through Exchange server, and tape encryption on the fly. These are all great capabilities." Balancing the need to keep more managed data available online is an ongoing battle, compared to the cost of deploying more disks, said Marty Hurd, IT administrator, Cardinal Logistics, a supply chain logistics company based in Concord, N.C. "CommVaults SIS option provides us with a path to maximize our disk utilization, by eliminating duplicate copies. We expect that CommVault Simpana 7.0 software will allow us to derive new returns off the investment in our disk-based strategy, thereby opening up opportunities for IT to add value back to our business." The CommVault Simpana 7.0 suite, including all its features and enhancements, is available now. Pricing for specific configurations is available upon request, West said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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