Issue 3: April 2016
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Commvault    Cisco

Customers Gain Increased Flexibility across Cloud Hypervisor and Storage Ecosystems with Powerful Enhancements to the Commvault Data Platform


  • Extends Data Portability Options across Hypervisors and Cloud Providers
  • Platform Gives Customers a New "Scale-Out" Storage Option
  • New APIs to Further Open Platform for Customers, Partners & Third-Party Developers
  • Commvault Extends IntelliSnap Coverage for NEC and Nutanix

Commvault announced new innovations to the Commvault Data Platform to further provide its customers with a holistic, highly-scalable, and cost-efficient means of storing, accessing and recovering business-critical data on-premise and in the cloud. These new innovations in the Commvault Data Platform further enable customer choice, help eliminate vendor lock-in, and facilitate increased data portability while extending the platform’s value to a larger range of applications and software ecosystems for customers, partners and third-party software developers.

The new innovations include extended hypervisor support, a scale-out storage option on commodity hardware, newly available APIs that extend open access to the Commvault Data Platform, and expanded coverage and support for the Commvault IntelliSnap ecosystem. The new capabilities represent the latest wave of innovation to the company’s integrated solutions portfolio -- which includes the Commvault Data Platform, Commvault Software and Commvault services.

Commvault Extends Data Portability Options for Customers

To provide customers with increased flexibility to manage data and workloads across the full range of traditional, virtual and cloud infrastructures, Commvault announced that customers will now be able to protect and manage data and workloads across a full range of hypervisors.

By leveraging the Commvault Data Platform, customers -- through one solution -- can now protect data and workloads inside of VMware, Hyper-V, Xen, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV), and Nutanix Acropolis. In addition, these workloads can be protected as they move from hypervisors to the public cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS.

The company also announced new innovations that provide migration options for data and workloads from on premise VMWare and HyperV solutions moving directly to Microsoft Azure and now AWS Cloud environments.

The Commvault Data Platform innovations enable new backup and recovery options for data born and resident inside AWS cloud environments. Complete workload protection (native Amazon Machine Image (AMI) support) and recovery with file-level granularity in AWS environments further enhances Commvault’s offerings that include in-guest protection options for all cloud environments.

These innovations provide powerful new options to give customers broad choices in how they deploy and protect data and workloads across virtual and cloud infrastructures.

Further Opens Platform and Provides New Scale-Out Storage Option

Commvault’s latest enhancements to the Commvault Data Platform include APIs that enable customers, partners and third-party software developers to access the platform through Amazon Simple Storage Solution (S3), REST, and NFS interfaces.

With these new updates to the platform, Commvault is extending the Commvault Data Platform's capabilities through a set of new interfaces. Expanding visibility outside of traditional data center walls helps break down siloes through extended search and now adds indexing support for SaaS applications, as well as file systems and websites. For customers leveraging the new extended platform, these updates provide one single index view of on- premise and off-premise data sets.

In addition to access through expanded APIs, Commvault announced that the Commvault Data Platform can now offer customers a scale-out storage option running on any commodity hardware to support petabyte scale environments. This provides customers with a new, cost-effective option.

Extending Commvault IntelliSnap Coverage & Support

The latest innovations to the Commvault Data Platform feature IntelliSnap integration with snapshots on NEC hardware and orchestrated snapshot control for the Nutanix environment. Commvault IntelliSnap enables customers to perform rapid online recovery from an extended library of application-consistent snapshots. With this integration, customers use Commvault’s IntelliSnap technology to orchestrate snapshot management (including recovery operations), while leveraging space-efficient snapshots for point-in-time copies.

IntelliSnap coverage and support for NEC and Nutanix comes in addition to already-available Commvault IntelliSnap capabilities for Pure, Nimble, NetApp, EMC, HDS, Fujitsu, Huawei, HPE, IBM, Dell, Infinidat, DataCore and Oracle. Commvault support crosses the full spectrum of traditional, flash, converged and hyper-converged infrastructures.

The Commvault Data Platform enables customers to improve production performance for critical applications and hypervisor environments, by addressing the demand for extended snapshot management capabilities.

Information for this content was found on the Commvault website


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Cisco Unveils New Data Center Innovations to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Deployments.

The Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series combine compute, storage, and networking into an easy-to-use system that brings new levels of speed and efficiency to IT.

The HyperFlex HX Data Platform is a high-performance, distributed file system that delivers a wide range of enterprise-grade data management and optimization services.

Brief Overview

Cisco HyperFlex Systems are designed with an end-to-end software-defined infrastructure that eliminates the compromises found in first-generation products. Cisco HyperFlex Systems combine software-defined computing in the form of Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) servers, software-defined storage with powerful new Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform Software, and software-defined networking (SDN) with the Cisco® unified fabric that integrates smoothly with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™).


Complete hyperconvergence: HyperFlex unifies our fabric network and compute technology with a next-generation data platform.
Flexible scaling: Scale compute, capacity, and cache independently in HyperFlex clusters to rapidly adapt to business needs.
Continuous data optimization: Increase capacity use without compromising performance with HyperFlex inline data deduplication and compression.
Emerging applications: Support today’s enterprise applications and new, cloud-native workloads with our HyperFlex HX Data Platform Software.

Architecture of HyperFlex

HyperFlex is built on the Cisco UCS platform. It is part of a data center architecture that supports traditional, converged, and hyperconverged systems with common policies and infrastructure management.

Bridge to next-generation IT: HyperFlex is built on an API-driven architecture for the interoperability required by DevOps-style IT. It integrates into orchestration toolsets and cloud services.
Ready for emerging applications: The HX Data Platform is designed to support multiple hypervisors, containers, and bare metal to power existing and new cloud-native workloads.
Continuous innovation: HyperFlex will continue to expand the boundaries of hyperconverged infrastructure, drawing from innovation in Cisco UCS and ACI.

The Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform revolutionizes data storage for hyperconverged infrastructure deployments. The platform’s architecture and software-defined storage approach gives you a purpose-built, high-performance distributed file system with a wide array of enterprise-class data management services. The data platform’s innovations redefine distributed storage technology, providing you with the next generation of hyperconverged infrastructure.

Information for this content was found on the Cisco website


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