CommVault Partners with Informatica to Deliver Structured and Unstructured Data Archiving

CommVault announced yesterday that it has formed a partnership with Informatica to deliver an integrated archiving solution that extends support to leading databases and applications, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, SAP, PeopleSoft, Siebel and other custom or legacy applications. This new technology partnership will enable CommVault Simpana software customers to easily archive large databases from mission-critical business applications, such as CRM and ERP systems, to better streamline e-discovery and improve database space management.

As a result, Simpana software can help customers reduce the size of large databases to achieve a significant improvement in application performance while also minimizing the time and costs associated with performing different tasks, including backup, recovery, replication as well as routine application upgrades. For e-discovery and the search of structured data, Simpana software can also help customers to simplify the identification, collection and processing of evidence from structured data sources. CommVault continues to leverage its single software platform to deliver comprehensive archiving capabilities, encompassing unstructured (e.g., file systems); semi-structured (e.g., Microsoft SharePoint and email); and now, with Informatica, structured information (e.g., databases).

"This unified data management platform that we have had now for over 10 years was engineered with CommVault and Microsoft in 1998. It is a very established piece of technology and we have been evolving it rapidly, and particularly aggressively over the last 6 or 7 years. We keep adding ground-breaking technology," Simon Taylor, senior director of the Information Access Management group for CommVault, tells 5 Minute Briefing. For example, with Simpana 8, which was launched in January, CommVault expanded the benefits of block-level deduplication across an entire organization's backup and archive copies, resulting in cost-efficient scaling and performance across the entire data management infrastructure. Data reduction begins at the client and spans through, and includes, offsite tape copies.

"Certainly on the information management side, most of what we do and deliver has been based on content indexing of unstructured and semi-structured data, so emails, files, documents, that sort of stuff; what we have not been doing is content indexing structured records from tables and databases, and what Informatica does is put that final piece of the jigsaw together for us," Taylor notes. By combining CommVault's automated file and email archiving solution with Informatica's database archiving capabilities, less time and effort is required for tuning application performance and handling maintenance tasks. Additionally, companies can retain inactive data for longer periods of time while still ensuring expedited access to satisfy regulatory or compliance audit requests. For more information, go here.