The new OEM agreement enables Tier 2 disk backup and Tier 3 tape archiving, for example, to be managed and provisioned in a single application.
network systems maker NetApp and storage software provider CommVault, whom some
might think ought to be competitors because they sell into many of the same
markets, announced May 31 that they have signed a new global OEM agreement
under which they will cross-pollinate some key products.
fact, California-based NetApp and New Jersey-based CommVault have been partners
for nearly a decade because their homegrown IP fills gaps in each other's
this new deal, they will integrate elements of CommVault's Simpana 9 software
with NetApp's Snapshot and replication, and will henceforth co-produce them
under the NetApp SnapProtect brand.
combines high-speed NetApp Snapshot copies and replication with tape in a
single backup package to help organizations shrink the amount of time needed
for their backup and recovery operations. Thus, Tier 2 disk backup and Tier 3
tape archiving, for example, can be managed and provisioned in a single
we're doing here is bring to the table [storage] manageability, so that
customers can go disk-to-disk-to-tape in a very seamless fashion," Mark
Welke, NetApp director of Data Protection Solutions, told eWEEK.
Better Integration, Smaller Backup Window
users will also benefit from this agreement because of the increased
integration and management that Snapshot brings within Simpana to accelerate
and simplify the backup and recovery process, CommVault Vice President of Worldwide
OEM Sales Michael McMahon told eWEEK.
companies start to virtualize and consolidate, and the amount of data continues
to grow at the rate it is growing, we're finding it is extremely difficult to
keep up with it, using standard, host-based backup technologies," McMahon
stay up with the speed of the growth, and the changes in the applications, it
really has to start from the snapshot off the array, which offloads that host,
and provides much, much faster initial data sets. Then, on the back end, we can
now manage in a granular fashion with persistent backups. The idea of crawling
hosts and scanning indexes off the host goes away."
data storage, a snapshot is the state of a system at a particular point in
time. It can refer to an actual copy of the state of a system or to a
capability provided by certain systems.
Freezing the State of Data
SnapProtect freezes the state of the all the stored data and keeps it
"application-aware," Welke said, so that when the snapshot is reintroduced
into the system, all the data is automatically resynchronized and updated.
not only manages the scheduling and movement of persistent hardware snapshots
but also indexes each snapshot to provide application intelligence, even as
they are replicated to alternate NetApp storage and written to tape, McMahon
customers had limited awareness of the data within a snapshot and had to resort
to complicated scripting to move data from a snapshot to tape. By creating
application-aware, indexed snapshot copies with NetApp's replication, users can
seamlessly protect large data sets such as those created by VMware in a more
efficient manner, McMahon said.
also has partnerships with other storage hardware vendors that include Dell,
Hitachi Data Systems, Bull and Fujitsu, McMahon said.