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CRN Exclusive: Commvault CEO Hammer On CEO Succession, Regaining Mindshare, And Increasing Competition

Robert Hammer tells CRN that he is participating in the search for a new CEO, and that he wants to make it clear that Commvault is once again a powerhouse in the data protection market no matter how much noise the smaller startup competitors make.

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Commvault: Picking Itself Up After The Long Stumble

Commvault is a data protection technology leader, something that can be forgotten in all the noise generated by a combination of market activities by such hungry startups like Veeam, Cohesity, and Rubrik combined with the concerns generated by a push by major shareholder Elliott Management's move to change the company's leadership.

But Commvault today is not the company that, while one of the top-two vendors of data protection technology a decade-plus ago, has stumbled and lost market share and mindshare to not only those startups but to system vendors and hyperscale cloud providers who now include data protection technology as one of a checklist of features.

Commvault CEO Robert Hammer is in his mid-70s, but still has the fire of a startup executive combined with the experience, both good and bad, of seasoned business leaders. He has led the company through a resurgence in technology, building on an architecture that gives it the ability to easily tack on new services, as well as an executive reorganization to meet future challenges.

Hammer recently sat down with CRN to discuss the changes Commvault and the data protection industry is facing and why the company thinks the word "legacy" isn't such a bad thing after all.

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