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CommVault also expanded its snapshot technology to work across more storage platforms, including the HP EVA and storage arrays from IBM, Dell, and Oracle-Sun based on the LSI OEM platform, Foster said. This is in addition to the NetApp, EMC Clariion and Symmetrix, Dell EqualLogic, Hitachi Data Systems, and IBM XIV arrays supported in the past, he said.
CommVault snapshots also include the ability to work with such applications as IBM's DB2 database and VMware, in addition to the previous ability to work with Oracle and Microsoft SQL databases, he said.
Simpana 9 also now includes FastPass, a utility to help solution providers migrate customer data from other data protection applications such as Symantec and IBM's Tivoli Storage manager, Foster said.
FastPass can read the configuration of the storage from the master control server of the customer's legacy data protection application to import not only the data but also the policies into Simpana 9. Customers can then simply click and start backing up their data into the CommVault environment while maintaining the ability to find data stored in the older formats, Foster said.
"For example, if data was backed up to tape seven years ago, Simpana 8 can tell the customer where to go for the tape," he said. "We can't do the restore itself, but we can tell the customer where to find the data."
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