CommVault says it is ushering in a new level of enterprise storage automation with the latest version of its Simpana platform.
Simpana 8 offers upwards of 140 new features, but the most intriguing seems to be an embedded global deduplication module capable of automating the dedupe process regardless of where data resides in the network. The idea, the company says, is to dedupe data the moment it enters the network and keep tabs on it all the through the processing phase and into storage. That way, managers won't have to spend hours manually processing data that enters individual storage units.
The package also includes a snapshot protection system that does away with backup windows. Instead, data is earmarked for a predetermined storage tier, again the moment it hits the network, eliminating the bottlenecks that occur when data loads are peaking.
Best of all, backups can be handled during normal business hours, eliminating night and weekend work for many storage managers.