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Simpana gives customers the opportunity to combine legacy and new storage capabilities into a single infrastructure, said Keith Norbie, vice president of sales at Nexus Information Systems, a Minnetonka, Minn.-based solution provider and CommVault partner.
For instance, Norbie said, customers could migrate data from their older Symantec Backup Exec or Tivoli Storage Manager environments to a new storage infrastructure and virtualize it. Or they could use Simpana 9's new snapshot capabilities in combination with its universal dedupe to manage both snapshots and traditional backups in a unified fashion, he said.
"IT currently has two environments: snapshots and regular backups, but they need to be fused together," he said. "CommVault is trying to integrate snapshot management and legacy backups going forward. That's a big message. Customers are saying the big challenge with file systems is, they can scan through the millions of files being kept. And no one wants to do full backups anymore. They need a new way to do this, and snapshots are the answer."
CommVault's ability to do snapshots across a wide range of storage platforms is also important, Norbie said. "Snapshots have been around for 10 years," he said. "But integrating the connection to NetApp, HDS, EMC, and other arrays, and being able to bring them all into the index of a backup, that's really powerful."