Commvault has entered into a multi-year agreement with Microsoft that tightly integrates go-to-market, engineering, and sales of Commvault’s Metallic Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) data protection portfolio with Microsoft Azure – delivering ultimate scale and trusted security with simple SaaS management.
Commvault and Microsoft are bringing together two technologies – Azure and Metallic SaaS – to meet the need for proven data protection backed by powerful scale and multi-layered security. Metallic enhances protection of Microsoft Office 365 data in the case of accidental deletion, corruption, and malicious attacks. Metallic also offers a range of additional options from VMware and Microsoft SQL database backup to Endpoint protection.
Commenting on the development, Sanjay Mirchandani, president and chief executive officer (CEO), Commvault, said, “Today’s announcement combines two of the best enterprise cloud technologies to simplify and accelerate a customer’s journey to the cloud. This is a new era for Commvault and our direction is clear – help our joint channel partners and customers simplify IT with enterprise-class, proven data protection solutions delivered through SaaS and protected in the cloud. The combination of Commvault and Microsoft truly brings together the most innovative data protection and cloud technologies the two companies have to offer.”
This new phase of the collaboration builds on Commvault’s longstanding use of Azure capabilities including application and data migration, long-term retention, and Azure Blob Storage for its scale, durability and security. The new agreement includes plans to build a SaaS offering of Metallic Cloud Storage on Azure Blob Storage and other deep product integrations with native Azure services.
Meanwhile, Tad Brockway, corporate vice president, Azure Storage, said, “Commvault and Microsoft have always delivered trusted technologies to our joint customers, and today’s announcement takes our longstanding relationship to the next level at a critical time for companies to adopt cloud and SaaS technologies. Metallic SaaS with Microsoft Azure delivers one of the industry’s most powerful solutions for storing and protecting business-critical data – in the cloud and beyond.”
Further, Ronald Dowden, IT unit director for Johns Hopkins University, said, “It’s clear to me that Commvault and Microsoft are committed to building increasingly-integrated solutions that meet the scale and scope of my organisation’s needs and requirements in a hybrid world. Their innovations have helped us address the challenges of moving almost five petabytes of data to the Azure cloud. We’ve reduced our data center footprint and storage management overhead all while protecting thousands of virtual servers, applications and projects across our institution. The agility, scalability and simple management inherent to cloud and SaaS solutions are definitely needed as the pace of data growth shows no signs of slowing.”
One of Metallic’s strengths is that it was built in the cloud, using the best of Azure’s native capabilities while leveraging Commvault’s market-leading enterprise technology – the same technology stack that large enterprises have entrusted to protect their mission-critical apps and data. As part of the agreement, Metallic will be a featured app for SaaS data protection in the Azure Marketplace for public cloud and hybrid IT customers. Commvault will also continue to support choice for customers who request alternative clouds based on business requirements. Metallic™ Backup & Recovery for Office 365 is now available on the Azure Marketplace.