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Commvault Enables Early Threat Detection and Zero Loss Strategy with Metallic ThreatWise

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 21, 2022 by itnerd

Commvault, a global enterprise leader in data management across on-premises, cloud, and SaaS environments, today announced the general availability of Metallic ThreatWise an early warning system that proactively surfaces unknown and zero-day threats to minimize compromised data and business impact. 

According to Enterprise Strategy Group, only 12 per cent of the IT directors surveyed indicated confidence in having the proper tools and necessary location agnostic protection to secure data equally across on-premises and cloud.

With ThreatWise, Commvault is further defining data security with an early warning that no other vendor in this space provides. It uses decoys to proactively bait bad actors into engaging fake resources, spot threats in production environments, and arm businesses with tools to keep data safe. Simultaneously, Commvault is also extending its machine learning and critical threat detection and security capabilities to its broader platform, which is available today. 

Availability and to Learn More

Metallic ThreatWise, along with Commvault’s latest platform update features are available now. To learn more, join us at Commvault Connections, to take part in live demos and engage in industry sessions. To get started today on your new data protection journey, register here.

Commvault Appoints Data Protection Industry Veteran Alan Atkinson as Chief Partner Officer

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 14, 2022 by itnerd

Commvault, a global enterprise leader in data management across on-premises, cloud, and SaaS environments, today announced that data protection industry veteran Alan Atkinson has joined the company as Chief Partner Officer. Atkinson will report to Riccardo Di Blasio, Commvault’s Chief Revenue Officer.

Atkinson brings a wealth of cloud and data protection experience to Commvault – from building the industry’s first, pre-eminent cloud service provider to leading WysDM Software until it was acquired to driving technology strategy and commercial sales at Dell. Under his leadership, Commvault will further strengthen the company’s strategic alliances with cloud partners and continue to galvanize and grow its partner program.

Commvault Receives Highest Product Scores for Three Out of Three Use Cases in the 2022 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software Solutions

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 23, 2022 by itnerd

Commvault, a global enterprise leader in cloud data management, today announced that Gartner, a company that delivers actionable, objective insight to executives and their teams, has given it the highest Product Score across all three use cases in the 2022 Critical Capabilities report: Data Centre Environments (4.23/5), cloud environments (4.18/5), and edge environments (4.22/5).

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery scored highest  in all three use cases evaluated in this research. Commvault was also recently named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant™ for Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software Solutions, here Commvault has been positioned for its “Ability to Execute” and “Completeness of Vision.” 

Scoring the highest across all three Use Cases for three consecutive years speaks to Commvault’s commitment to innovation in protecting, managing, and securing today’s broadest range of workloads for on-prem, edge, and multi-cloud environments.

Commvault’s software and its Metallic SaaS solutions, can ensure data is protected and recoverable wherever it lives and however the customer wants it managed – as software, SaaS-delivered, an integrated appliance, or through a member of Commvault’s expansive partner ecosystem.

To read the 2022 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software Solutions and the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software Solutions report, visit: https://www.commvault.com/itleaders

Commvault Named a Leader for 11th Consecutive Year in Gartner Magic Quadrant

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 3, 2022 by itnerd

Commvault, a global enterprise leader in cloud data management, today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner as a “Leader” in its most recent report: “2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software Solutions.”[1]

The 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant evaluates vendors based on a range of factors, including completeness of vision and ability to execute.

As enterprise IT organizations are faced with challenges such as ransomware attacks, rampant data proliferation, rising security threats, and resource limitations, they need solutions that not only protect against these threats, but also detect them before they happen. As a result, customers are turning to Commvault to mitigate risk with its integrated software and SaaS solution for air-gapped ransomware protection. Additionally, Commvault expanded its portfolio to include Threatwise™ which gives customers extended end-to-end proactive and responsive ransomware protection. 

Commvault continues to expand its offerings with its broad partner ecosystem to engineer and deliver solutions designed to change the face of the hybrid cloud for customers. Most recently, Commvault partnered with Oracle to include Metallic Data Management as a Service (DMaaS) on Oracle Cloud. As part of Commvault’s multi-cloud strategy, Metallic’s industry-leading services will be offered on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and available in all commercial OCI regions globally. 

To read the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software Solutions report, visit: https://www.commvault.com/itleaders

Guest Post: Commvault and NetApp Deliver Metallic DMaaS for Microsoft Office 365

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 19, 2022 by itnerd

By Bernard Laroche, VP, Global Strategic Partners, Commvault

The Commvault and NetApp partnership is strong – built on a 15 year history of delivering modern data management solutions to more than 1,200 customers. Together, we address customers’ most challenging data management pain points, especially data loss as a result of ransomware, internal bad actors, or accidental deletion.

To combat these concerns and provide a more flexible model for our joint customers, we’ve expanded our partnership with NetApp to offer Metallic® Office 365 Backup as a replacement for NetApp’s discontinued support for O365 backup. Commvault’s award-winning Metallic Data Management as a Service (DMaaS) provides the tools customers need to manage, migrate, access, and recover their data – no matter where it lives – while also reducing cost and risk. It’s everything you’d expect from an enterprise-grade solution, but with the simplicity and cost-savings of SaaS.

Today, the Metallic portfolio works seamlessly across NetApp’s data fabric and brings industry-leading DMaaS to customers’ hybrid workloads. Get a first look at how our solutions work together this week during Microsoft’s annual Inspire event

NetApp’s Only SaaS Backup Solution for Office 365 Data

The addition of Metallic®Office 365 Backup solves one of today’s biggest needs – broad-ranging protection for our customers’ most used Office 365 applications. From Exchange and Teams, to OneDrive, SharePoint, and more, companies rely on Office 365 applications to maintain day-to-day business operations, making the data within these applications critical. And while Microsoft manages the physical infrastructure and network elements of Office 365, the customer is responsible for their own O365 data. With Metallic® 

Office 365 Backup, customers get that extended long-term data retention they need, seamlessly safeguarding their business from deletion, corruption, and ransomware attacks. 

  • Complete Coverage: Metallic offers comprehensive SaaS protection across Office 365 applications, as well as unlimited Azure storage and retention. With granular restore, customers can effortlessly locate active or deleted data, rapidly recover from attack, and easily meet business SLA and compliance requirements. 
  • Hardened Security: Metallic’s multi-layered approach to security meets the most stringent of safety standards. Its built-in privacy protocols and zero-trust access controls, along with the ability to provide virtual air-gapped backup copies, safeguards customers’ most critical Office 365 data from data loss and threats.
  • Seamless SaaS: Metallic® Office 365 Backup removes the complexity of data backup and protection, offering hassle-free deployments, flexible subscriptions, and no maintenance and management requirements. With no hardware, installation, or large upfront capital investments and zero egress fees or hidden storage charges, Metallic has been proven to reduce costs, ensuring customers only pay for what they need.

Commvault and NetApp are leading the way in digital transformation – providing customers with the flexibility and security to manage and protect their data whenever they need it, wherever it resides. Together, we are offering customers the data protection and management strategy that is built to address the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Metallic® Office 365 Backup is available globally on the NetApp price book. 

Interested in seeing the solutions in action? Don’t forget to check us out this week at Microsoft Inspire! We’ll have demos, customer stories, on-demand sessions, and more!

GigaOm Names Commvault ‘Frontrunner’ & ‘Outperformer’

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 11, 2022 by itnerd

Commvault, a global enterprise leader in intelligent data services across on-premises, cloud, and SaaS environments, today announced that GigaOm has named the company a “Frontrunner” and an “Outperformer” in its most recent reports: GigaOm Radar for Hybrid Cloud Data Protection: Large Enterprises and GigaOm Radar for Hybrid Cloud Data Protection: Small and Medium-Sized Businesses. 

Each GigaOm Radar Report weighs and rates vendors by execution, roadmap and ability to innovate. The Commvault Platform and Metallic SaaS portfolio scored the highest possible ratings in Key Criteria of cyber resiliency, data management and governance, Kubernetes support, BaaS and breadth of solution. 

Commvault was also named a “Leader” and “Outperformer” in the firm’s most recent report on backup solutions for Kubernetes-based applications, the GigaOm Radar for Kubernetes Data Protection. GigaOm gave Commvault high marks as having a backup solution that supports more than Kubernetes workloads, making it suitable for hybrid applications that run across Kubernetes, VMs, and cloud services, consolidating backup operations on a single platform.

Hybrid Cloud Data Protection for Large Enterprises

The GigaOm Radar for Hybrid Cloud Data Protection: Large Enterprises, focuses on solutions suited for large enterprises and cloud and managed service providers (CSPs/MSPs), and specialized use cases. According to the report, “Commvault delivers a comprehensive hybrid cloud data protection portfolio with excellent data management and cyber resiliency capabilities. It also offers one of the best BaaS solutions available in the market with Metallic, an offering that’s constantly growing its services and available locations.”

Protecting Hybrid Clouds for SMBs

It goes without saying that some enterprise solutions may also be suitable for SMBs, especially since they face a lot of the same challenges as enterprise organizations and do so with fewer resources. For example, the companion GigaOm Radar for Hybrid Cloud Data Protection for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses states that the steady adoption of SaaS applications, an increasingly complex regulatory landscape, and growing threats like ransomware attacks are posing serious problems for SMBs.

Commvault’s Metallic portfolio is designed to be suitable for SMBs, increasingly complex regulatory landscapes, and address growing threats like ransomware attacks. GigaOm says, “Commvault impresses with an innovation-driven approach, thanks to its fast-moving BaaS offering, branded as Metallic SaaS. Metallic supports a broad set of workloads, offers wide, global coverage across geographies, implements great cyber resiliency features and regulatory compliance, and provides a best-in-class BaaS experience.” 

Find out how Commvault and our Metallic SaaS portfolio stood out versus the competition in GigaOm’s latest reports.

Commvault and Oracle Partner to Deliver Metallic Data Management as a Service on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 29, 2022 by itnerd

Commvault, a global enterprise leader in intelligent data services across on-premises, cloud, and SaaS environments, has expanded its strategic partnership with Oracle to include Metallic DMaaS on Oracle Cloud. As part of Commvault’s multi-cloud strategy, Metallic’s industry-leading services will be offered on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and available in all commercial OCI regions globally. 

Metallic and OCI will deliver superior price-performance, built-in enhanced security, and simplified recovery and management for enterprise customers looking to accelerate their OCI transition. Leveraging OCI Storage for advanced air-gapped ransomware protection, Oracle customers can now protect critical data assets in the cloud or on-premises by maintaining flexibility across customer-managed storage or a SaaS-delivered data protection service, inclusive of managed cloud storage. 

In the fight against ransomware and cyberattacks, Metallic DMaaS helps protect data from corruption, unauthorized access, and other threats across vital sectors of business, including insurance, financial services, manufacturing, and defence. With Metallic DMaaS, customers can easily back up their digital footprint in any consumption model, from cloud-native to on-premises workloads, including databases, virtual machines, Kubernetes, and file and object storage. 

By adding support for protecting OCI workloads and writing to OCI Storage, Metallic’s data protection now spans OCI VMs; Oracle Databases; and Oracle Container Engine. Additionally, Oracle Linux is available to over 400,000 Oracle enterprise customers and the more than 100,000 customers who have relied on Commvault technology and are looking to leverage Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to protect their mission-critical data. As a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork, Commvault will jointly market and sell Metallic DMaaS with Oracle in an alliance that will accelerate Metallic’s global expansion efforts. Metallic DMaaS is available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

To learn more about Metallic DMaaS on Oracle Cloud, please visit backup.metallic.io/oci.

Guest Post: Backup your Data and Your Relationships on World Backup Day

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 31, 2022 by itnerd

By Carol Clark, Vice President, Product and Solutions Marketing, Commvault

In 2011 a digital consultant named Ismail Jadun created what has become World Backup Day after he saw a Reddit post where someone wished they had been reminded to backup their data. Eleven years later and we are still trying to remind people that their data is so valuable that they should make sure they can get it back. Enterprise data varies from email to files to images and databases and everywhere in between but it is the currency that runs today’s business landscape. Throughout the years the initial concept of World Backup Day has persevered and thrived, and it is rare to find even the smallest company that does not protect their data in some way, however the world has changed a lot since 2011.  The increase in cyberattacks is well documented and is now at the top of mind for board members, business owners and everyone throughout the corporate structure.    

Cyberattacks threaten the data being used day in and day out and often even the backups of the data. Today’s IT administrators and leaders often must think of the security implications of a change before they even get to consider the technical challenges. On World Backup Day 2022 we suggest the first thing you should do is to check those backups and your processes but the second is to reach out to your information security teams and find out what precautions they are taking and share your cyber threat specific recovery plans.

  • Share and collaborate on your procedures – Learn if there are tests you can work together on to validate your recovery.
  • Highlight security capabilities in your data protection solutions so security teams can factor in that intelligence into their overall telemetry. Capabilities such as security dashboards anomaly detection, air gapped backup copies can be essential components of an overall corporate preparedness plan – and speed your time to recovery.
  • Review access control systems and who has access to critical back ups to better control the attach surface
  • Investigate the use of public clouds that allow for secure airgap driving better redundancy and peace of mind (Our Metallic™  Cloud Storage Service (MCSS) is a GREAT place to start….)
  • Collaborate on network connectivity to determine if you can speed up the recovery
  • Understand if there are compliance regulations they need to adhere to and how your team can better help prove compliance.

Reaching out to the infosec teams is not only best practice but is also a way for you to proactively expand your team’s effectiveness in the event … of well, an event. The day-to-day world of back up is no longer about files and applications. As an administrator there are concerns over encrypted files due to ransomware, data that is exfiltrated and sold and probably one of the most worrying to others is the risk of your customer data being leaked. 

The collision of data owners that is the result of modern cyberthreats adds another level of complication or recovery and by extension to the core backup strategy. Security teams are only the start for the collaboration for today’s IT infrastructure teams. New groups have arisen that will also need to be consulted from the Chief Data Officer to data analytics groups. All of these teams can provide insight into the right data to protect and when. The Chief Data Office can help drive the conversation around what data is more mission critical with the analytics to back up the conversation. These cross functional conversations will continue to add efficiencies into your data protection strategy.

Data recovery can no longer be a siloed activity. World Backup Day is a day that reminds us to backup our data but remember that the key to any data management strategy is not the backup but the recoverability and for that you need to test, test again and then when you think you have completed all your testing, do it one more time, with your new info sec friends.

Sponsor a join table top exercise, bring in lunch and learn from each other as you refine your practices and build better defenses to protect your business. World Backup Day is not the day to relax assuming your backups are good but instead take the time to be ever more diligent and backup your data along with your relationships.

Help us celebrate our customers on World Backup Day by meeting them here https://www.commvault.com/customers

Commvault Adds Intelligent Data Services Features To Fortify Ransomware Security

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 15, 2022 by itnerd

Commvault today announced General Availability for Feature Release 11.26. These enhancements to our best-in-class Intelligent Data Services help to harden infrastructure against attack and improve recoverability, continuing Commvault’s commitment to mitigating cyber threats—including ransomware—in any infrastructure: on-premises, in the cloud, and even across multiple clouds. 

The new enhancements include:

  • Utilizing hardware-based security tokens, along with common access card support, helps to strengthen customers’ security posture
  • Leveraging highly secure cloud authentication methods, including the AWS Key Management System (KMS) and Azure Key Vault
  • Extended Disaster Recovery orchestration now includes Object Storage and Big Data File Systems, to accommodate larger datasets.

Complete documentation of all the features and capabilities included with this release can be found at https://documentation.commvault.com/11.26/essential/143030_feature_release_1126.html.

Guest Post: Keeping it Private: How to Protect Your Data from Privacy Breaches

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 27, 2022 by itnerd

By Jeff Crum, Commvault

Data privacy has always been a hot topic but in today’s world of data sprawl, data security threats, and increasing data regulations, the stakes have never been higher.

Bad actors, human error, ransomware, and other security threats pose risks to data every minute of every day. Plus a more stringent regulatory environment is forcing organizations to enforce compliance – or risk fines. And as data increases in volume and sprawls across applications and storage, these efforts become increasingly complicated.

Let’s take a look at some key principles of data privacy:

  • Protection & Recovery: One important area in ensuring data privacy is making sure that your data is protected. This includes the ability to recover data in the event of accidental deletion – and in the case of a malware or ransomware attack. Making sure you can recover your data in these scenarios mitigates the impact of some of these worst-case scenarios.
  • Access & Prioritization: Once you have a protection mechanism deployed, ensuring that sensitive data and personally identifiable information (PII) is locked down tight is an important safeguard you can put into place. Prioritizing the protection of sensitive data, including PII, using technology such as AI/ML, reduces the risk of exposure. Additionally automation helps take the risk of human error out of the equation. Automation can also extend to detecting anomalous data access, raising the red flag so that you can step in and protect key data before it is compromised.
  • Compliance & Governance: Together, all of the actions above can appropriately address compliance with key data regulations and help define your overall data governance regime, taking global scope and regional nuances into account. Read about how South Tyrol Civil Protection Agency overcame their challenges with GDPR compliance here.

This may sound simple but getting data privacy right can be incredibly complex. Let’s talk about some things you can do to make ensuring data privacy easier.

  • Manage data sprawl. Data growth and an increasing number of data sources and repositories continue to challenge enterprise data management, with no end in sight. But there are some things you can do to mitigate this, including  looking at the number of tools that you’re using to manage data across your environment, breaking down data silos in the process. This blog by Commvault’s Don Foster goes into further detail about what data sprawl is and how to help solve for it.
  • Take a comprehensive approach to data management. The principles mentioned above require a number of different data management capabilities – including data protection, data security, data compliance and more, which make use of advanced techniques with AI/ML as well. Look for data management platforms and solutions that provide deep capabilities in  these areas.
  • Simplify your environment. Let’s face it—most companies have many, many vendors, some of which do the same or similar things, and all of which have access to your data. By scaling back the number of trusted vendors and streamlining deployments, you can capture efficiencies and mitigate risk. By introducing a single data management platform, you can simplify the user experience and reduce errors related to data privacy, and help allow your data to work for you instead of against you.

Data privacy is a deep and complex topic, but at Commvault, we can help you crack the code. For more information, visit www.commvault.com/data-compliance.