CommVault launches managed backup service

* CommVault online backup service offered to SMBs via services providers, partners

CommVault entered the online backup market last week with the introduction of a program for service providers and partners that allows them to offer data protection services to small and midsized businesses.

The program, which uses CommVault’s Simpana (formerly called Galaxy) software, is structured to be a software-as-a-service offering. In addition to providing a means of backup for SMBs, the program also offers an archiving program.

CommVault has seen large growth in the managed services arena and a need for managed service providers to offer it. Because many SMBs don’t have full-time or dedicated IT help, a managed backup and data protection service will be attractive to them.

One of the first managed service providers signed up by CommVault is DBSi, an MSP in Bethlehem, Penn. DBSi offers disaster recovery, hosting and data center services.

“We are leveraging the items most IT staffs do not have the time to accomplish,” says Christopher Black, director of service delivery for DBSi. “While there are many backup services available, CommVault’s technical support is phenomenal and they have a localized regional presence that we can take advantage of.”

Simpana software offers bandwidth throttling for slower network connections, backups that can be started and stopped based on network connectivity or the lack thereof, and image level backup for larger file systems. It also allows encryption, reporting and compression.

The service, which is used to back up only servers now and not laptops or desktop computers, competes with services from Iron Mountain and Asigra (compare products).

The CommVault service is available on a subscription basis and can be based on the number of servers being protected.

This week Data Domain announced too that its Deduplication Storage systems have been certified by CommVault, Index Engines and Kazon for the e-Discovery products. CommVault’s Simpana software, Index Engines’ eDiscovery Solution and Kazeon’s IS1200-FRM, IS1200-SA, and IS1200-ECS systems are now certified for use with Data Domain’s deduplication storage platform.

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