Commvault's Second Generation Qinetix Suite Dramatically Advances Lifecycle Data Management
CommVault® QiNetix™, the only
Unified Data Management™ software solution, expands users'
options to use a single tiered storage infrastructure to protect
and recover data for backup, replication, archiving, and compliance
Oceanport, N.J. - November 8, 2004 --
CommVault®, a provider of Unified Data Management solutions,
today launched the second generation of its QiNetix Unified Data
Management software suite. This second generation QiNetix software
allows a customer's IT department to place data on the optimum
storage medium, matching cost, access and recoverability to service
level requirements. Unlike competitive solutions consisting of a
loose collection of separate point products, CommVault's QiNetix
suite is built on a common technology platform eliminating the need
for users to build and maintain multiple back-end repositories to
manage data access and availability for different business needs.
This major new release has robust capabilities to help customers
recover data faster in complex, heterogeneous networked storage
environments as well as automate lifecycle policy operations by the
intelligent cooperation of different QiNetix modules.
"While its competitors are just starting to
talk about the value of integrated data management solutions,
CommVault is way ahead with its QiNetix Unified Data Management
platform," said Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst,
Enterprise Strategy Group. "New and enhanced features further
separate them from the competition, and give users the
functionality they need today - improving the quality and speed of
data recovery, simplifying backup while taking full advantage of
solutions like disk-based backup - this is more of what users need,
and CommVault continues to deliver."
CommVault recently posted 12 consecutive
quarters of double-digit, year-on-year revenue growth. The company
currently has over 2,000 customers with QiNetix products installed
at more than 2,800 sites. The QiNetix suite includes
backup/recovery, replication, automated data migration, archiving,
storage resource management and service level management features.
From a single console, the suite components share automated policy
management and common job and event managers on the front-end and
distributed metadata indexes, media management, and copy management
on the back-end. The new QiNetix suite further leverages the
efficiencies of the Unified Data Management platform to ease,
automate and reduce the cost of data management. Significant new
enhancements take data recovery to a higher degree of service than
other products on the market.
"With this latest release of QiNetix,
CommVault has once again demonstrated that they listen to our
requirements and quickly deliver robust data and storage management
software that protects data, cuts costs and makes our jobs easier,"
said David Free, an IT network systems consultant, from a large
California-based insurance company. "Here, we have 36 sites where
data and storage need to be managed, a monumental task if done with
point products. With the QiNetix unified approach, we have a
centralized view of our data and storage that lets us keep our
finger on the pulse and adjust operations to meet our service
Customers will particularly benefit in two key
areas: faster recovery and smarter management of tiered storage
QiNetix enhances capabilities to speed recovery time from
individual files to full applications and provides unified views of
protected data. It integrates several technologies to recover data
as quickly as needed.
With the new and expanded offerings, QiNetix
- Easily integrate snapshot replication
functions with traditional backup processes - Recovery
Director is a new feature providing a user-friendly interface
to simplify administration of data protection operations
integrating snapshots and replication technologies to create higher
availability and faster recoverability of critical data. From a
single view, customers can automatically sequence several
activities through one policy manager.
- Integrate seamlessly with emerging
disk-based recovery technologies - The second generation of
QiNetix continues CommVault's leadership in seamless integration
with its partners' advanced data protection technologies including
Network Appliance's SnapVault for faster protection of vital data
on filers and open systems. Also included is support for Hitachi
Data Systems' copy technologies for open systems and Microsoft
Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) for high performance protection of
Windows data in heterogeneous hardware environments.
- Quickly restore an entire system -
1-Touch Restore is a new option allowing the user to quickly
and easily recover an entire server (data, operating system and
system files) simply by inserting a CD which automatically links to
information kept in the QiNetix database. The result is a much
simpler and more reliable full-system restore than traditional
'bare metal recovery' products.
- Increase reliability across enterprise
platforms - Another new feature, Readiness Check,
performs a pre-operation check of all components in the data path
prior to job execution to assure completion of critical data
- Gain resilient network
connectivity - New features help ensure continuous operation,
even across wide area network connections.
Smarter Tiered Storage Management
With added functionality in QiNetix, customers can manage data more
efficiently and cost-effectively throughout its lifecycle.
Archiving for compliance and capacity management advantages help
- Meet compliance strategies and protect
personal archive files - New features in the QiNetix
DataArchiver product include advanced content indexing and
search features critical for full compliance as well as automated
re-migration and indexing of personal archive files (like Microsoft
Exchange PST files). Other DataArchiver enhancements include
faster performance and full support for NetApp NearStore with
SnapLock to deliver on SEC compliant WORM-storage and content
addressable storage devices, including EMC Centera.
- Use policies to manage capacity - The
QiNetix DataMigrator product upgrades include automated data
migration support for NAS filers. Another important enhancement
allowing customers to automatically start migration jobs based on
- Create, manage, and synchronize data copies
with multiple retention requirements - The QiNetix common
technology approach simplifies the task of managing multiple copies
of data, presenting a single view of backup, disaster recovery,
snapshot, and archived copies. Data copies can be transparently
migrated through a tiered storage environment via policies to
satisfy retention and availability requirements at the lowest
- Conduct advanced analysis, reporting and
trending across the QiNetix platform - Included in this release
are expanded reporting and alerting mechanisms to give the customer
a detailed view across all their data management operations. This
includes a storage cost analysis feature to assist customers in
ensuring data is appropriately stored according to its business
"This is another major leap forward with our
Unified Data Management platform," said Bob Hammer, chairman and
CEO of CommVault Systems. "These advancements help customers
recover data faster and manage data and storage in ever-changing,
complex environments. We've got a significant technical advantage
that gives us the ability to deliver cost-effective solutions
reaching far beyond the competition to ease and automate our
customers' data and storage management at the lowest possible
Pricing and Availability
The second generation of QiNetix software products are targeted for
general availability in November 2004. For more information about
the CommVault QiNetix Unified Data Management solution, order your
free Enterprise Strategy Group brief today.
Industry leaders offering perspective on
CommVault's QiNetix include:
Data Mobility Group
Dianne McAdam, partner and senior analyst
"CommVault's next generation QiNetix takes data management to the
next level. Automating the data recovery process significantly
diminishes one of the most common problems with restoring data --
human error," said Dianne McAdam senior analyst and partner for
Data Mobility Group. "Product sophistication of this kind
demonstrates that CommVault truly understands data management,
backup and archival."
Dragon Slayer Consulting
Marc Staimer, founder and CDS
"Customers in pursuit of an information lifecycle management
strategy are faced with two choices - a collection of point
products or an integrated platform approach," said Marc Staimer,
founder, Dragon Slayer. "If it's integration you are after,
CommVault is the solitary choice."
Enterprise Strategy Group
Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst
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Evangeline Simones, analyst
"Migrating data between storage applications has been a somewhat
arduous task," said Evangeline Simone, analyst for Evaluator Group.
"CommVault's unified approach allows end users to share data
seamlessly between storage applications and optimize their disk
storage in a tiered storage environment."
Bill North, software utilities & backup research director
"Keeping data synchronized between backup, archival and snapshot
copies is key to providing a comprehensive data management
solution," said Bill North, research director of storage software,
International Data Corporation (IDC). "CommVault's QiNetix provides
single console, integrated management of such multiple copies,
potentially reducing both the complexity and cost of managing a
tiered storage environment. By automating data movement and
migration, and by providing content indexing of archived data,
QiNetix can bring its customers several steps closer to a true data
lifecycle management solution."
Alex Gorbansky, data storage analyst
"A significant user benefit with CommVault's new second generation
QiNetix suite is the ability to view data on a broad continuum--at
the application, service level, infrastructure, and total cost of
ownership levels," said Alex Gorbansky, data storage analyst,
Stephanie Balaouras, senior analyst
"Many storage management software providers are talking about
enabling the ability to measure the costs associated with storage,"
said Stephanie Balaouras, senior analyst, Yankee Group. "With its
new QiNetix suite, CommVault is actually delivering these cost
comparisons today with robust reporting features that the
competition is currently not able to provide."
"We applaud CommVault's latest QiNetix release," says Scott Roza,
vice president of sales and marketing at ADIC. "This second
generation of QiNetix, combined with ADIC intelligent libraries,
delivers a backup solution for heterogeneous networked storage
environments with the kind of performance, ease of use, and
flexibility that our customers require to address their growing
data storage requirements."
Hitachi Data Systems
"Hitachi Data Systems has worked with CommVault to integrate our
storage and replication software with the QiNetix product suite to
provide seamless disk-based data protection. HDS is pleased to make
these latest advancements available to our customers," said Jack
Domme, vice president, Storage Management Software, Hitachi Data
Systems. "Combined, CommVault QiNetix and Hitachi Data Systems
storage products offer customers fast, reliable recovery of their
Network Appliance, Inc.
"Integrating CommVault back-up and restore application software
with NetApp storage systems further demonstrates our joint
commitment to developing robust disk-based backup solutions for
enterprise data center environments," said Patrick Rogers, vice
president of marketing at Network Appliance. "Second Generation
QiNetix integrated with NetApp SnapVault, SnapLock and our industry
leading NearStore solution provides customers with a way to
economically and securely store backup and compliance data online
for fast recovery. With increasing frequency, customers are
choosing to replace their existing tape-based solutions with these
new and innovative disk-based solutions."
"The proliferation of Linux-based scale-out architectures with
complex storage requirements has created a need for
high-performance data management solutions, that are simple, fast
and scalable," said Matt O'Keefe, director of storage services, Red
Hat. "We are pleased that this latest release of CommVault QiNetix
is available and tested for our Red Hat Enterprise Linux
"This release of CommVault QiNetix advances their unified data
management concept and complements StorageTek's information
lifecycle management strategy," said Cameron van Orman, StorageTek
director of strategic alliances. "Their QiNetix solution offers
high-performance software products that can be used stand-alone or
integrated to ease and automate IT operations."
"The real cost of deploying networked storage should be measured
not only by cost of acquisition but by value delivered over time,"
said Michael Stolz, executive vice president of marketing, Xiotech.
"The latest release of CommVault QiNetix, coupled with our
Magnitude 3D and Magnitude 3D NAS solutions, means that Small to
Medium Enterprises will lower their storage TCO through the
integration of advanced data protection and tiered storage
management. Most importantly, the overall simplicity of our joint
solution means that our customers can enjoy the benefits of better
performance, higher reliability, and greater control over their
About CommVault Systems, Inc.
CommVault Systems, Inc. provides Unified Data Management solutions
to ensure high-performance data protection, universal availability
and simplified management of complex storage networks. The
CommVault QiNetix suite, based on CommVault's Common Technology
Engine, provides the ultimate data protection: managing data
throughout its lifecycle via integrated backup/recovery, migration,
archiving, replication and storage management. Information about
CommVault is available on the World Wide Web at www.commvault.com
or by calling (732) 870-4000. CommVault's corporate headquarters is
located in Oceanport, New Jersey in the United States.
CommVault Systems, Inc.