by Adam Armstrong

Commvault & Cisco Work Together On Reference Architecture

Today at Cisco Live in Las Vegas, Commvault made two announcements involving its alliance partner, Cisco. Commvault will be working with Cisco to give customers and partners an easy-to-buy, pre-optimized and validated solution for simplified data protection and recovery using Commvault's Software deployed on the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) infrastructure. The company is also announcing support for Cisco's HyperFlex hyperconvergence system.

Commvault is introducing new Reference Architectures that customers will be able to leverage an all-in-one solution with a single, unified backup, recovery and archive platform that lowers total cost of ownership and has the flexibility to scale from terabytes to petabytes. Commvault states that its new Reference Architectures will help to eliminate the cost and hassle of deploying multiple single-purpose appliances with a modernized data infrastructure that provides insight and value to the business and keeps up with the pace of today's data growth demands.

Commvault also announced support for Cisco’s hyperconverged system, HyperFlex (built on Cisco UCS infrastructure). Commvault’s support provides data protection and recovery of data workloads and applications running across virtualized and cloud infrastructures on Cisco HyperFlex.  The support for HyperFlex delivers automated application-aware backup and recovery. Commvault goes on to claim that it can speed up backup and recovery by using its IntelliSnap technology before moving data to HyperFlex and UCS.

Customer benefits include:

  • Increased automation – Commvault software detects and classifies new VMs, and adds them to the proper backup policy. Commvault software can also automatically detect idle VMs, and safely archive them to reclaim valuable production resources.  A built-in workflow engine allows additional administrator-specified automation.
  • Scalability – Commvault software automatically load-balances across multiple backup servers to deliver a modern scale-out experience to growing datacenters. End-to-end deduplication dramatically reduces network traffic and storage space, so your managed data stays compact and efficient.
  • VM Specific Support – With Commvault software's integration with VMWare APIs, storage owners can avoid installing agents in every VM, thereby reducing overhead. Thanks to backup policies that can be set based on VMWare metadata and a snap-in for VSphere, the management burden is eased. Full VM or individual file restore options save time and provides flexible recovery options to meet your unique needs.


The Commvault Reference Architectures are available for select Commvault customers and Cisco partners immediately.

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