CommVault this week unveiled the latest version of its Simpana data protection software in order to make it more applicable to virtualized and to fast-growing storage environments.
The new dedupe, snapshot, and virtualization features in Simpana 9 could also help CommVault make inroads against Symantec, the leading vendor in the data protection market, said Don Foster, senior product manager for Oceanport, N.J.-based CommVault.
"In our internal studies, up to 22 percent of Symantec customers are looking at switching," Foster said. "I'm not telling partners to switch out the 78 percent of customers that are happy with Symantec. But, instead, they should look at the 22 percent not happy with Symantec, and the 22 percent not happy with their other vendors."
CommVault's new Simpana 9 now features the ability to dedupe data at the source, before it is sent over a network for backup or replication purposes, Foster said. It does so by comparing the data to be archived or backed up or copied from one location to another to data which was previously stored on a block-by-block basis to prevent the retention of more than one copy of data blocks.
"This lets solution providers bring dedupe across the entire enterprise with a single solution instead of tying together piecemeal solutions,” he said.
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