Commvault Announces Support of Red Hat Virtualization 4 with Commvault Software

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Commvault, a global provider of enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud, has announced support for Red Hat’s Kernel-based Virtual Machine powered virtualization platform, Red Hat Virtualization 4.

Through this integration, customers would be able to implement a unified data protection strategy for workloads running on Red Hat Virtualization 4 for a cloud centric environment – with greater virtual server data protection and file level restorability from Commvault’s software.

Red Hat Virtualization 4, the newest release from Red Hat, helps address the increasing costs and complexities of proprietary virtualization solutions by providing a “fully-open, high-performance, more secure and centralized management” platform for both Linux- and Windows-based workloads. Built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization 4 is designed to more easily integrate with existing IT investments while providing a foundation for emerging technology deployments, including containerized and cloud-native applications.

With existing support for Red Hat Virtualization 3.6, Commvault‘s expanded integration and support for Red Hat Virtualization 4 would give customers increased flexibility to manage data and workloads across the range of traditional, virtual, and cloud infrastructures.

Through Commvault’s Data Platform, customers – using a single solution – would be able to better protect data and workloads across one the industry’s broadest range of hypervisor coverage, which includes Red Hat Virtualization, VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Xen, and Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV). In addition, these workloads can be better protected as they move from hypervisors to the public cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS.

Red Hat Virtualization 4 is available as a standalone offering, as an integrated offering with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and as part of the Red Hat Cloud Suite comprehensive solution. Existing subscribers can upgrade to version Red Hat Virtualization 4 through the Red Hat Customer Portal. Commvault support for Red Hat Virtualization 3.6 is already available. Support for version 4 is planned for Q2 FY 17.

Features and Benefits

“We are thrilled to be launching Red Hat Virtualization 4 with greater virtual data protection and file level restorability from Commvault,” said Scott Herold, Product Manager, Virtualization Business, Red Hat. “Through our integration with Commvault, customers can adopt virtual workload protection strategies that give them flexibility and scalability to be more fluid in today’s highly disrupted, fast-paced global business environment.”

A sponsor at Commvault’s inaugural customer conference, Commvault GO 2016, to be held October 3-5 in Orlando, FL, Red Hat will be highlighting the benefits of Red Hat Virtualization and its recent OpenStack developments at the show.

To sum up, Commvault’s support of Red Hat Virtualization would include the following features and benefits:

  • Integrates with the Red Hat Virtualization Manager and uses native APIs to perform all necessary functions.
  • Offers the ability to perform complete VM image backups without disruption of the running workloads.
  • Protection operations are policy driven and leverage an auto discovery mechanism that intelligently maps the right VMs to the correct policy.
  • Protection operations automatically and dynamically distribute the load across the KVM hosts. Backup proxies (which are VMs themselves) can more easily scale as needed, and as an aggregate are able to intelligently allocate streams to process VMs in a more efficient manner.
  • Client side deduplication enables customers to reduce the data transfer to the Commvault backup library, helping to expedite the backup process  and reduce impact to networks and the space required for virtual machine backup data copies which can be stored to disk, tape, or a cloud library.
  • Commvault‘s hot-add methodology for protecting virtual machines makes it easier for customers to deploy and to scale-out while still being centrally managed through a single operational console.
  • There are no explicit limits on the size of backups, number of virtual machines, or size of virtual machines that can be backed up.