Brian Diegan, vice president of network services for the First National Bank of Pennsylvania, in Hermitage, says he is looking forward to checking out CommVault's claims that it can restore a server in 17 minutes. He is also interested in source-based deduplication. "There's dedupe at the source instead of running across the LAN, so it won't take up bandwidth," he says.
For organizations that have resisted migrating to Simpana because they have had a different backup software product in place for the past decade or so, the software includes the FastPass feature to download other network backup settings, such as from IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager and Symantec's NetBackup, into Simpana. There is also improved support for virtualized systems, including automatic discovery when virtual machines are created, and creating policies for them. This is required because users are adding virtual machines so quickly that IT staff can't keep up.
Other notable features include array-based snapshots and virtual machine self-discovery, says Noemi Greyzdorf, research manager for IDC. "SnapProtect allows off-load backups while retaining granular levels of restores. This is particularly interesting with VMware because CommVault has visibility into the virtual machine disk format and all application level information," she says.
"CommVault has been fast on the heels of VMware's latest developments to introduce efficiency in VM backup and recovery, supporting the latest APIs, and layering on its own features to make VM backup/recovery faster and better," agrees Lauren Whitehouse, senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. Analysts also say they like the addition of source-based deduplication. "With deduplication, they offer it at the source system or further downstream in the data path, and on disk and on tape."