Commvault Data Storage: Product Overview and Insight

eWEEK PRODUCT ANALYSIS: Commvault is a recognized global leader in enterprise class backup, recovery, and data management across cloud and on-premises environments, and its products are improved continually.

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Today:  Commvault (enterprise data backup, recovery, data management)

Company description: Commvault is a recognized global leader in enterprise class backup, recovery, and data management across cloud and on-premises environments. The company contends that its converged data management solutions redefine what backup means for the progressive enterprise. With Commvault, enterprises are empowered to protect, manage and use their most critical asset—their data. Commvault software, solutions and services are available from the company and through a global ecosystem of trusted partners.

Founded in 1996, Commvault currently employs more than 2,500 highly-skilled individuals across markets worldwide, is publicly traded on NASDAQ (CVLT), and is headquartered in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, N.J. in the United States.

Named CEO of Commvault in the spring of 2019, Sanjay Mirchandani is leading the effort to build on Commvault’s 20-year history of solving customers’ data problems with software, solutions and services that accelerate IT modernization and support their digital transformation. Under Mirchandani’s leadership, Commvault is using AI-powered self-driving backup, automation, scale-out infrastructure and dynamic data indexing technologies to deliver customers innovative new solutions that enable them to better protect and activate their data.

Markets: Technology, health care, education, public sector/government, power & utility, financial, service provider

International Operations: United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Austria, UK, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Dubai, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taipei, Thailand, India, China.

Product and Services

  • Commvault Complete Backup and Recovery: Complete Backup and Recovery offers just that--complete coverage on premises or in the cloud, from virtual machines to select endpoints--anywhere data lives.
  • Commvault HyperScale: On-premises scale-out backup and recovery that is delivered as a converged Commvault appliance or through partners. This service allows customers to build a unified, modern data protection and management platform that delivers cloud-like services on-premises.
  • Commvault Orchestrate: Orchestrate allows companies to provision, sync and migrate data across environments and meet critical organizational needs. This system speeds up automated application disaster recovery, dev/test operations and workload migration
  • Commvault Activate: A system that enables enterprises to better know, manage and use their data. With Activate, enterprises can extract content-aware data insights for better business outcomes, data governance and eDiscovery readiness

Key Features

  • Complete Backup and Recovery
    • Standard backup and recovery functionality to store protected data on tape/disk media, including deduplication and encryption capabilities
    • Store protected data with common cloud storage providers (Amazon, Microsoft, Google and more)
    • Visibility into the operation of data protection infrastructure
    • Full support for all file systems, applications, and virtual platforms is included
    • Replicate copies of live data in secondary locations
    • Integrate with an industry leading number of hardware providers to execute data snapshots on backup operations from those snapshots
    • Protect and intelligently archive user data stored in mailboxes both on-premises and in the cloud, as well as other user-based data repositories
    • Gives endpoint users the ability to protect, recover, and even share data with others
    • Artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms that optimize performance, analyze patterns and report on anomalies.
  • Commvault HyperScale
    • Cloud-like agility, resiliency and availability to on-premises data and applications
    • Greater end-user efficiency with automation and self-service capabilities
    • Improved hardware utilization and optimized costs from general-purpose hardware
    • Seamless storage scalability with predictable performance without requiring forklift upgrades
    • Better, more secure data protection, utilization and movement by eliminating point product and data silos
  • Commvault Orchestrate
    --Application recovery, all about readiness
    --Application portability
    --Synchronization of IT systems and business operations
    --Faster, cheaper dev/test environments
    --Automated application disaster recovery
  • Commvault Activate
    --Analyze data from backups, archives or form live sources
    --Detect, remediate and manage sensitive unstructured data
    --Drive file efficiencies and accountability
    --Reduce or eliminate reactionary eDiscovery collaboration burden
    --Extend the value of your data

Insight and Analysis

Some remarks from pros who use Commvault on a daily basis, via Gartner Peer Insights, IT Central Station and G2 Crowd:

Pros: “There is almost nothing that can't be done with Commvault backup software, from a technical point of view.”

“Remote installation and configuration of backup is very good. Software cache is an ultimate option because it will download all the required packages at a place that can be used to install. Report is integrated with the tool and it has really good options, which is helpful for audit.”

"It's an enterprise product. It's a stable product. We have good support. Almost all databases are in the scope."

“Commvault is certainly a vendor that you have to take into consideration if you are looking into a backup solution. It’s worthwhile to have a look at it. The most important criteria when selecting a vendor are cost and, perhaps, new features that Commvault maybe doesn't have, like backups to public clouds, for instance. But the primary factor is the cost.

“I would rate Commvault at eight out of 10 due to the stability, our relationship with the development team, and the quality of their backup of their solution.”

Cons: "You need quite a lot of human resources to maintain a Commvault environment, to keep it operational. Also, it would be nice to if there were an easier way set up some Commvault components.""The HTML interface is a remarkable improvement. However, there are still some features that are not available in that interface that are available in the Java console, but I'm sure that will come with time."

“Another issue that comes to mind that we have to pay attention to is, when a new service pack or hotfix comes out, it can happen that something that was working before does not work anymore. We really have to test it in our lab, before we are 100 percent sure we can introduce it in production and be 100 percent sure that everything still works that was working before.”

“(We’re not fans of) the complex interface and also the licensing. They already made it simpler but it remains complex. You have a license that includes everything, until the next new feature is released. Commvault licensing is a separate education.”

eWEEK Score: 4.8/5.0

List of current customers: Commvault customers include Alliant Credit Union, American Municipal Power, American Pacific Mortgage, AstraZeneca, Dongbu Steel, Denver Health, Dow Jones, Emirates Steel, Penn State Health, Prime Healthcare, Sonic Healthcare, Sony Network Communications, TiVO, UCONN Health, The Weitz Company and many more.

Delivery: Commvault software, solutions and services are available from the company and through a global ecosystem of trusted partners. Software implementation and services are delivered in days while deployment for the Commvault HyperScale appliance typically requires 1-2 weeks depending on varying customer environments and other factors.

Pricing:  Commvault software, solutions and services are available in flexible pricing models including yearly subscription-based licensing and consumption-based pricing. Pricing for Commvault Complete Backup and Recovery starts at $0.27/GB/month (paid annually). Commvault Hyperscale starts at $0.02/GB/month (paid annually). Call for specific pricing on other Commvault offerings and services.

Other key players in this market: 

Veritas, Veeam, Cohesity, Rubrik, Dell EMC

Contact information:

  • Email: sales@commvault.com
  • Phone Number: Toll free +1 888-746-3849, Direct +1 732-728-5310

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