Commvault, a global provider of enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud, has announced expanded integration with Microsoft Azure Stack – enabling enterprises to “simplify” migration, management, protection and activation of data on Azure Stack, the Microsoft Azure public cloud, its recently announced Azure Government Cloud, and other hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Drawing on almost a decade of experience in delivering support for Azure environments, Commvault would allow global corporations, small businesses, healthcare organizations, public agencies and managed service providers to easily use Azure Stack as a Commvault appliance, with all of Commvault’s capabilities running and managed from the Azure Stack.

In addition, with Commvault software, they can “quickly” migrate data and workloads back and forth between Microsoft Azure Stack hybrid cloud environments, Azure public cloud, other clouds, on-premises and legacy infrastructures. The Commvault Data Platform would also enable enterprises to protect, archive, move and search data on Azure Stack private clouds, helping them find data for e-Discovery or data privacy compliance purposes, recover data after a ransomware attack or other data disasters, and activate data with analytics and other data analysis tools.

These latest enhancements to Commvault’s solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack are available now.

“Microsoft Azure customers benefit from the flexibility to manage data across storage types, both on-premises and in the cloud,” said Tad Brockway, General Manager, Azure Storage, Microsoft. “Commvault’s expanded integration with Microsoft Azure Stack helps our mutual customers reduce risk and complexity, and benefit from consistency across their entire technology stack.”

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Commvault would provide new capabilities to Azure Stack users to help them further accelerate their digital transformation initiatives, including:

  • Microsoft OneDrive for Business Content Data Indexing – Commvault software now enables users to both index and search OneDrive for Business documents saved on Azure Stack hybrid clouds. OneDrive for Business content can easily be searched with other heterogeneous data including Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint.
  • Enhanced Flexibility and Options for Customers – New Commvault Software-as-a-Service capabilities build on Commvault’s existing support for customers running Commvault Software on-premises, from Azure public cloud, Azure Stack, and Commvault Appliances.
  • Compliance Apps – Commvault’s new Compliance Apps enable enterprises to discover, monitor and manage personally identifiable information (PII) on Azure Stack. With these apps, administrators can quickly process data requests from end-users and meet other data privacy regulatory requirements, such as those mandated by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • Live Sync SQL Databases in Full Recovery Mode – Commvault’s new Live Sync for Microsoft SQL Server automatically replicates changes captured by backups for a production SQL database on an Azure Stack private cloud to another SQL server, after every backup job, without any additional overhead to the production server.
  • Full VM (virtual machine) protection and recovery availability for IaaS – Commvault enables organizations to protect and recover their full Azure Stack VMs to the existing Azure Stack or to a different Azure Stack.
  • Granular recovery of files, Exchange, SharePoint, Microsoft Active Directory object/attributes and folders in VM – Commvault provides customers simplified capabilities to restore files and folders in a VM.
  • Application protection – Commvault can provide additional protection beyond VM backup and recovery by leveraging Commvault’s 30-plus application, database and file system plug-ins to protect the data.
  • Migration to Azure Stack – By leveraging its application and file system plug-in, Commvault can provide a simplified process to migrate an organization’s data to Azure Stack.
  • Flexible Storage Tiering – Makes it easier and more cost-effective to move data between Azure Stack private clouds and Azure Hot, Cool and Archive Blob Storage.
  • Single Data Management Solution – Enables Azure Stack to be a Data Management Appliance with Commvault.
  • Multi-tenancy and self-service – Allows users to seamlessly and securely manage data across Azure Stack hybrid environments.
  • Full access for e-discovery – Like all Commvault solutions, data stored via Azure Stack will be accessible for responding to e-discovery requests and cognitive services.

“Commvault is building upon our 18 year-long collaboration with Microsoft by delivering customers the same powerful data management capabilities for Microsoft Azure Stack as we provide for Azure public cloud and other infrastructure,” said Randy De Meno, Chief Technologist, Microsoft Products and Microsoft Partnerships, Commvault. “Azure Stack, in combination with Commvault, provides enterprises with an excellent on-premises private cloud solution for their hybrid cloud environments, and managed service providers with a great new way to offer Commvault SaaS services to their customers.”