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CommVault Simpana V7.0 Contains Powerful New Archiving Features

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The newest version of CommVault Archive is one of five core modules that comprise the CommVault Simpana 7.0 software suite. In addition to delivering expanded platform support, CommVault's next generation product suite adds new archiving features and functionality designed to help organizations improve storage efficiency and reduce business risk by providing the ability to search both active and historical information across the enterprise.

As businesses continue to evaluate strategies to control storage growth while enforcing policies for compliance, CommVault plans to make it easier for customers to control storage consumption and respond to legal discovery actions and compliance requirements.

The broad adoption of platforms such as Microsoft SharePoint has increased both the number of data copies in production, as well as the number of duplicates stored in multiple redundant repositories. Add to that the new amendments to the U.S. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), and organizations are challenged to preserve and discover any type of electronically stored information (ESI), from email and files to backup tapes, and more. Businesses are struggling to keep more data longer in preparation for litigation discovery requests that must now be completed on short notice, as well as consolidate collaboration and email platforms for easier management.

"Content of all types is increasingly located in numerous disparate storage systems across organizations," said Vivian Tero, senior research analyst, Compliance Infrastructure for IDC. "Companies must find a way to align all of these data types and repositories in order to optimize all aspects of data management and support compliant records retention and legal holds. Products, such as those offered by CommVault, take a singular approach to information management. This approach offers an option to ensure that data is managed according to corporate policy and at the same time eliminates redundancies in managing storage environments. Customers can therefore focus on ensuring relevant information is being discovered upfront and not after the fact," she said.

CommVault Archive is the industry's first comprehensive archive solution for managing and retaining email, collaboration, file and Network Attached Storage (NAS) data across online file systems, near-line archives, and off-line backup tapes from a single user interface, the company says. With access to more searchable content and the ability to span data silos all from a single interface, businesses now have a legally defensible way of managing more data, more consistently, with less administrative overhead and disruption to end users.

CommVault Archive software includes groundbreaking new features to help customers address storage management and e-discovery needs, including:

  • Expanded application and platform coverageùCommVault Simpana 7.0 includes new e-discovery, compliance and mailbox management for IBM Lotus Domino, new support for Microsoft SharePoint and expanded coverage for Microsoft Exchange. These new applications along with existing file system support across Windows, NetWare, Linux and Unix, and enhanced NAS device support, such as for Network Appliance products, provides the industry's most comprehensive archiving platform coverage.
  • Self-service search and legal discoveryùCommVault Simpana 7.0 introduces Web-based search capability which allows compliance officers, auditors, and legal staff to quickly perform large, sophisticated search and discovery of indexed information, not only in an archive, but also across all data types and repositories including backup. Individual business users can also be empowered to access their own information across online, backup, and archive copies. Search results are automatically restricted based on the company's existing security policies.
  • Scheduled SearchesùSearches can be scheduled to run via policies that contain pre-defined criteria such as keywords, domain names, and users, providing security for corporate governance and protection against intellectual property leakage.
  • Improved Search performance and scalabilityùCommVault's integration of the FAST Instream enterprise search technology platform provides users a highly scalable, efficient contextual index supporting 370 content types and 77 different languages. Legal discovery searches can be conducted in a matter of seconds rather than hours or days providing faster access to content.
  • Consistent retention and disposition policiesùDue to its singular architecture, CommVault Simpana 7.0 allows for retention policies to be defined and applied across archive and backup data all from within a single interface. This ensures proper enforcement of corporate policies and simplifies the process of performing a litigation hold across all necessary information in the event of an investigation.
  • Common storage repositoryùCommVault Simpana 7.0 includes an enhanced Single Instance Store (SIS) that allows archive data to leverage storage devices being utilized for Data Protection. By leveraging SIS, only one copy of a file will be stored regardless of its origin point. CommVault Archive allows for valuable production storage to be reclaimed thereby shrinking backup windows and delaying additional primary storage acquisitions, while SIS provides maximum storage utilization and eliminates the need to have a separate storage infrastructure for archiving on the back end. This also provides built-in tiered storage capabilities along with self-protection leveraging the Auxiliary Copy feature.
  • Auditable chain of custodyùBuilt-in audit reporting validates and demonstrates the chain of custody of all relevant data through the archival and discovery processes.
  • PST ArchivingùAlso new in CommVault Simpana 7.0 is the .PST discovery tool which allows for simplified centralized management of importing legacy .PST files. Automatic discovery, importing and optionally deleting, PST files allows for storage savings on production disk while providing centralized control and discovery of legacy email data.

"Responding to legal action is becoming an increasingly costly and complex endeavor," said Michael Ivanov, senior director and head of CommVault's Archive Center of Excellence. "In addition to archiving and offloading older data to control the storage consumption of today's critical platforms, CommVault Simpana 7.0 offers the ability to not only perform legal discovery across archived data, but across legacy backup tapes and online file system data as well. With the enhancements in CommVault's Archive products, businesses can better manage storage growth while mitigating risk and reducing the costs associated with litigation."

CommVault Archive products are available now as part of the CommVault Simpana 7.0 software suite. Interested parties may license one or any number of the Data Protection, Archive, Replication, Search or Resource Management modules, which are designed to work together from the ground up.

About CommVault

A singular visionùa belief in a better way to address current and future data management needsùguides CommVault in the development of Singular Information Management solutions for high-performance data protection, universal availability, and simplified management of data on complex storage networks. CommVault's exclusive single-platform architecture gives companies unprecedented control over data growth, costs, and risk. CommVault's software was designed to work together seamlessly from the ground up, sharing a single code and common function set, to deliver superlative data protection, archive, replication, search and resource management. Additional information is available at CommVault.

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