CommVault to Move into Storage Management

Backup software specialist will announce QiNetix initiative next week.

CommVault Systems Inc., a specialist in backup software, on Monday will announce that its expanding its reach into storage management software with a new initiative called QiNetix.

The console through which the new products will be administered will be called QNet, said Bob Hammer, president, CEO and chairman of the Oceanport, N.J., company.

Initially, QiNetix is only a family name for CommVaults existing Galaxy backup product—which is for Windows and Unix—and for two separate components, Data Migrator and Quick Recovery, both for Windows only.

Early next year, Data Migrator and Quick Recovery will have Unix versions, and two more parts, for SRM (storage resource management) and SAN (storage-area network) management, will debut, Hammer said. The SRM and SAN parts together will be called Storage Manager, for both Windows and Unix, and all five parts will have the QNet portal.

What makes the QiNetix suite unique, compared with similar parts from vendors like Veritas Software Corp., is that its components are not just a loose collection of products, Hammer said.

"They all look the same. They have these applications that sit underneath, and then they go through a translation layer, and they talk to each other through a portal," he said. "We built the applications all in a single stack."

In addition, the software can move a data snapshot between arrays, whether the snapshot was made by CommVault or by a different product, he said.

Chad Schmidt, network systems engineer and lead administrator for enterprise backup for the County of Fresno, Calif., runs 6 terabytes of EMC Corp. Symmetrix storage, connected to more than 200 AIX and Windows servers. QiNetix will be worth trying because of CommVaults solid customer service, he said.

"Theyre a little bit smaller, so theyre a little bit more eager to support somebody," Schmidt said.

Regarding QiNetix, "if it was neatly integrated, itd probably be something wed strongly consider," he said.