Microsoft, CommVault Offer Simpana Data Management With Windows Azure
Simpana supports backup, recovery and archiving for the full range of Microsoft application environments.CommVault announced an expanded collaboration with Microsoft to offer a cloud storage capability that combines Simpana software with the flexibility of storing data on the Windows Azure cloud platform. The offering provides enterprises with a solution to archive, index, search and access massive amounts of data for long-term retention and compliance. The combined data management solution for Windows Azure offers up to 62 terabytes of cloud storage capacity, and the data and information management capabilities of Simpana 9 Express for a starting price of approximately $50,000. As data is expected to double every two years, organizations are grappling with flat budgets and costly primary storage that may contain up to 70 percent of infrequently accessed, stale data, said Sheila Childs, research vice president of storage technologies and strategies at IT analytics firm Gartner. Simpana software offers integrated source-side de-duplication, data encryption and integrated reporting and chargeback capabilities. Simpana also supports backup, recovery and archiving for the full range of Microsoft application environments, including Microsoft Files, SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V virtualizationboth on-premises and in the cloud.
The solution is designed to take advantage of the Windows Azure infrastructure and enable Simpana software to become a part of Windows Azure solutions developed by Microsoft and by third parties, and is available in two configurations: 62TB of non-geo replicated Azure Storage or 41TB of Standard Azure Storage for $50,000 per year. Pricing scales up for larger configurations (e.g., $100,000 for 124TB NGR storage).