Vast Data partners with Commvault to provide high performance data backup and recovery

Storage company Vast Data Inc. today announced its partnership with data protection and management provider Commvault Systems Inc. on a modern, integrated backup service for organizations concerned about impending cybersecurity threats, disasters or rogue employees.

The new service combines Vast Data’s universal all-flash storage platform with Commvault’s comprehensive data protection offering to create fast backups and restores for low-cost instant recovery.

Vast Data’s universal storage platform is designed to replace customer’s existing flash and disk systems. These arrays traditionally serve a dual role, storing data while performing low-level operations such as compressing that information. Universal Storage divides these responsibilities between two separate components, flash storage storing the actual data and a cluster of servers used to perform more compute-intensive data operations faster than traditional arrays.

This unique architecture, comprised of hardware and management software, means that storage and compute capacity can be added separately, allowing the platform to scale to support multiple petabytes of information. The company says it can reduce the amount of capacity needed to store corporate data by up to 90%, while ensuring the integrity of those records.

As for Commvault, it mainly sells data protection software that allows companies to recover business documents in the event of technical problems or cyberattacks. It also sells data management tools that help companies more efficiently manage the storage infrastructure used by their applications.

Vast Data will work with Commvault to offer its customers more protection while delivering the high performance to generate insights and data analytics it is known for. As of today, it is now a Commvault Technology Alliances partner, which means its universal storage platform has been certified to work with Commvault’s comprehensive data protection suite.

The company said the combination of Universal Storage with Commvault delivers an eight-fold increase in backup restore performance, with 40% lower costs than legacy purpose-built backup appliances. It also offers greater efficiency, Vast Data said, bringing the effective cost of flash storage in line with that of older hard drive storage. The company further claims a lower total cost of ownership, with a 10-year warranty on its platform compared to the industry average of a three- to five-year refresh cycle for backup systems.

Universal Storage users will also be able to leverage Commvault’s analytics offerings for compliance and data governance, enabling electronic discovery and audits of sensitive data, as well as anomaly detection to mitigate cyber threats, said Vast Data.

As part of this partnership, Vast Data and Commvault have also created a common reference architecture that customers can follow to implement their combined offering.

George Axberg, vice president of data protection at Vast Data, said data protection is no longer just about ticking a few boxes to say that individual files and systems can be recovered. “Organizations must now plan for the recovery of all of their critical systems if they are to resume normal business operations after a large-scale cyberattack, natural disaster or rogue actor,” he said.

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