Data storage has always been one of the most conservative areas of enterprise IT. There is little tolerance for risk, and rightly so: Storage is persistent, long-lived, and must be absolutely reliable. Lose a server or network switch and there is the potential for service disruption or transient data corruption, but lose a storage array (and thus the data on it) and there can be serious business consequences.
CommVault is one of those enterprise IT companies that likes to go their own way. A spin-out of AT&T’s famed Bell Labs, CommVault’s Simpana software integrates many aspects of data management, from backup to e-discovery, under one umbrella. Last year, the company impressed me by adding cloud storage as a backup target equal in status to disk and traditional tape. Now the company is doing the same for storage-based snapshots, accelerating data protection for virtual machines.
Only mature technologies are taken seriously and granted equal status when enterprise architectures are defined. That’s why I’m pleased to see today’s announcement that CommVault has completely integrated API-driven public cloud storage with Simpana, their impressive data protection and archiving suite. Now there are three equal backup targets: Tape, disk, and cloud.
This summer, I presented three use cases for public cloud storage at the Nth Generation Symposium in LA. I will reprise this presentation next Wednesday (October 21) in Columbus, OH within the excellent confines of TechColumbus. This is a free lunch-time event (sponsored by Nirvanix) and all are welcome to attend. Please register if you […]
It was a week of HAM in the enterprise storage industry and angry arguments in the CloudCamp camp. But things looked up at the end with a productive discussion about backups. Google sent us a wave, but nobody was happy when GM threatened to collapse. Enterprise Storage HDS’ HAM-Fisted Announcement did not impress, with many wondering […]
What is the megatrend of this decade? I suggest that we are witnessing a wholesale shift from information tied to place/device to information mobility. Cloud computing, server virtualization, and even flash memory are all contributors to this massive trend, along with the user-side trends of the post-PDA mobile phone, 3G data, social web services, and connected home.
Although the dead-tree version of TechTarget’s excellent Storage Magazine is no more, the company today released the premiere issue of its online counterpart! Available as both a web-based magazine and a PDF download, Storage Magazine Online continues with many of the same editors and writers, including Rich Castagna at the helm. You can still subscribe to […]
NetApp just posted a white paper I wrote about storage platforms for archiving entitled Enhanced Archive Platforms with Agility and Performance. The paper covers the following: Reasons for archiving Development of multi-source archives Different data types (structured, semi-structured, and unstructured) Flexibility as policies change Legal hold Maintaining performance with growth Reacting to changing regulations Archiving and the […]
I just completed my webinar for AIIM on long-term archiving. Excellent attendance (kudos to AIM!) and some great questions that, sadly, we didn’t get to during the session. I’ll try to tackle them here in hopes that their authors find these answers!
How will you retain records for the long haul? It depends on how you define “long”. Nearly everyone (individual and business alike) has certain records to retain for years, and some may need retention for decades or centuries. How can you accomplish this? First, consider whether to store records as atoms or bits. You can […]