Data protection technology developer Commvault on Tuesday introduced new data analytics capabilities for the vast amount of data customers already manage using Commvault technology.
At its Commvault Go conference in Washington, D.C., the vendor also debuted new cloud-based data protection services for endpoint devices and a new relationship with Google Cloud.
"We're launching a portfolio of analytics products including applications and services, all focused on helping partners build their analytics capabilities," a Commvault spokesperson told CRN.
Commvault's first analytics application is one focused on GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation, a European regulation scheduled to take effect in May. GDPR regulates how companies who store or access customer data protect that data and provide consumer control over their data.
Even for U.S.-based channel partners, GDPR is a big deal. "In the enterprise space, it's difficult to find a partner not doing business in Europe or with a supplier who works within Europe," Commvault's spokesperson said.
The GDPR-focused analytics capability, scheduled to be available by year-end, is the first in a series of analytics offerings Commvault will add to its data management platform, the spokesperson said. The Commvault data management platform was designed to easily allow new narrowly-focused functionality as analytics plug right in with no integration needed.
Commvault collects data from a wide variety of sources into its platform, making the addition of analytics a valuable capability, said Glenn Dekhayser, field chief technology officer at Red8, a Costa Mesa, Calif.-based solution provider and long-time Commvault channel partner.
Commvault already has the indexing that allows the creating of metadata which can be exposed to a variety of analytics, Dekhayser told CRN.
"People talk about data lakes," Dekhayser said. "Commvault builds data lakes of all a customers' data, allowing customers to do classification, analytics, retention, and more. Users are not good at putting data in the right place. Humans make mistakes."
Commvault has had content-aware data management for some time, and analytics makes that data more valuable, Dekhayser said.
"Commvault is already three generations ahead of everyone," he said. "This can create complexity. Commvault is sometimes called the 'SAP of data protection.' But if you have all that valuable data, you need to bring enterprise-class management to it."