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Analyst confirms: CommVault's sales stumble WAS down to staffing blunder

CommVault’s lousy results for its latest quarter, ended 31 March, were due to screw-ups in its North America HR and sales wings, those in the know have claimed. William Blair analyst Jason Ader was at a meeting with CommVault management in late April, and has drawn up a report for the storage software biz. In that assessment, …
Chris Mellor, 07 May 2014
Simpana 10 Content Store

CommVault boosts profits by 25%, bucks storage slump trend

Data backup and archive software supplier CommVault has delivered a object lesson in how to run a business, filing Wall Street-beating revenues and profits for its latest quarter. Its revenues for the second quarter of its fiscal 2014 were $141.9m, up 20 per cent annually and 6 per cent more than the previous quarter. Net income …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2013

CommVault cooks up sueball-dodging data-sifting cloudy archive shifter

CommVault is now able to auto-select subsets of data to be archived in Glacier, Azure or Rackspace clouds after adding Reference Copy to its Simpana software suite. The idea is to automate the selection of data to be archived instead of keeping everything just in case, and to avoid user selection of data. The product should …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013
Simpana 10 Content Store

CommVault contemplates analytics play

CommVault's chief operating officer Al Bunte has said his company is considering tuning its flagship Simpana product to participate in analytics workflows. CommVault's schtick is that Simpana includes just about every data management tool one could conceivably need and gets them to work in harness, rather than offering point …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Nov 2013
CommVault profits

CommVault: Data-sifting cloudy archive shifter ... and now revenues lifter

CommVault's revenues are growing nicely, and so are its profits, but the rate of growth has slowed somewhat. The company supplies the popular Simpana backup, archive and data management software product. For its third quarter, which finished on 31 December, revenues amounted to $153.3m, a rise of 23 per cent from a year ago and …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2014

C'mon, Commvault: You have the tech to build VM mutants...

Commvault, the arch archiver and backup biz, appears to have a virtual machine "mutation" facility, and this has prompted some speculation here at El Reg storage desk. A quick recap. Simpana 10 can back up physical and virtual servers and virtual machines (VMs) from VMware and Hyper-V. It supports cross-platform data protection …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2014
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Backup biz CommVault to Wall St: Cheer up, lads. We just need MORE SALES REPS

Results are in for CommVault, whose final 2014 quarter showed a revenue rise and a slight drop in profits, missing Wall St's estimates. But the biggest surprise to analysts was its concession that it had "under-hired" in Q4. The Simpana data protection and archiving software shipper found analysts were not sympatico when it …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2014
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CommVault whuppin' EMC in backup and recovery - report

IT research outfit Forrester has published an Enterprise Backup and Recovery report that shows little CommVault kicking the big backup guys' asses. The Forrester Wave Enterprise Backup And Recovery Software, Q2 2013 report looked at six enterprise backup vendors: ASG; CommVault; EMC; HP; IBM; and Symantec. The author, Rachel …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2013

CommVault gives Simpana the share 'n' sync treatment

Just in case you needed proof that the share 'n' sync model for data storage and sharing has legs, CommVault just baked it into its flagship Simpana suite. CommVault's effort is called “Edge” and offers a very familiar mode of operations: download an agent to your Windows or Mac OS client, nominate a folder that will always be …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2013

Coraid and CommVault team up, grab biz barons' backup from HP, Sepaton

At IP EXPO, Coraid and CommVault were flaunting their love after partnering up on a new venture to provide scaleable data management and protection solutions for enterprise folk. Coraid said CommVault was a great door-opener, and said that together they were capable of taking on players like Sepaton and HP for the Simpana back- …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013

IT spending squeeze? Are you joking, cackles cash-flush CommVault

Quarterly revenues up? Check. Annually and sequentially? Check. Annual revenues and profits? The same pattern. Any problems? Nope. Just another year at CommVault. The company, which supplies Simpana backup, archiving and data data management software, operates like a Swiss watch and makes business look like child's play. For …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2013

Microsoft's $15m won't last forever: Quantum, CommVault to flog new backup kit

Quantum is still chewing on its $15m royalty payout from Microsoft, but that was a one-off, and it needs to make plans if it doesn't wish to go hungry again. To that end, the storage firm is adding a dash of Simpana software to boost the growth of its Lattus object storage business. It has also introduced a new virtual …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2013
Suitcase bulging with cash

Biz data-furtler CommVault reveals unexpected riches

CommVault's government and enterprise customers bought its software in record numbers, leading to a spike in revenues and a sudden onrush of affection from Wall St brokers when it beat estimates for both sales and profits. That said, the firm is a one-trick pony, but what a pony; the nag just keeps on running. CommVault produces …
Chris Mellor, 01 Feb 2013

What economic crisis? Big Data powers cash cascade at CommVault

Backup and archive software supplier CommVault is becoming a profit-making machine with its net profits as a percentage of revenues rising from 7.2 per cent two years ago to 11.8 per cent in its second fiscal 2013 quarter. There is also no indication of any slowdown in enterprise spending - companies like EMC should be so lucky …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2012
DCIG Virtual Server Backup Guide

Biz data botherer CommVault hangs on to virtual crown

It looks like one-trick pony CommVault is top of the heap again with its virtualised server backup product, Simpana, at least according to DCIG's latest buyer's guide. The guide is an update on a 2010 version and ranks 22 virtual server backup products.* DCIG says its guide "provides a powerful yet concise method to evaluate …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2013
Simpana 10 Content Store

Commvault disgorges ginormous flood of biz data-furtling software

One-trick software pony Commvault has finally pushed out a raft of updates with Simpana version 10.0 in the hopes of broadening its user base in the biz data backup, archive and search game. Simpana 9, the previous generation of the software, came out in October 2010 - so we've had to wait almost two-and-half years for gen 10. …
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2013
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NetApp sympathetic to CommVault's Simpana

There is talk of a possible OEM or reseller deal between NetApp and CommVault next year. CommVault's Simpana data management software suite was recently upgraded to version 9, which has an end-to-end deduplication capability. NetApp has also shown itself interested in expanding its deduplication offerings – witness its October …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2010
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Botham bowls into Microsoft as latest UK distie overlord

Microsoft is about to open the doors to a new distribution boss after dipping into the ranks at data management software player Commvault to poach EMEA VAD manager Marc Botham. This concludes the desk chair shifting aboard the good ship Microsoft that started when company veteran Clare Barclay moved from SMB director to channel …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2014

Dimension Data launches backup-as-a-service service

There's a new backup-as-a-service player in town, in the form of South African services outfit Dimension Data. DiData has, like a few other large service providers, quietly created a cloud that offers most of the same elasticity as the big-name public clouds but is sold as part of engagements that run far deeper than the …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2014
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CommVault proffers ninth Simpana generation

CommVault has added source deduplication in its ninth major release of Simpana, its data protection and management software suite. Previously a central Simpana system deduplicated data; now client systems can deduplicate the data they hold before passing it on to the central Simpana server where another round of deduplication …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2010
Whiptail XLR8r appliance

Cisco reps flog Whiptail's Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure

A recent report based on views gathered from resellers reveals Cisco reps are enthusiastically selling Invicta all-flash arrays as both stand-alone and UCS converged arrays against EMC's XtremIO and Pure Storage. William Blair's Data Networking and Storage Tracker findings are based on "in-depth interviews with 41 US and …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2014

Live from New York, it's Speaking in Tech

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's a another piping hot episode of Speaking in Tech, brought to you live from CommVault's Data Management Summit by your host Greg Knieriemen, who is flying solo this week in the Big Apple. The podcast was recorded live in New York City with special guests W Curtis Preston …
Ollie Henry, 27 Feb 2013
IMFT 25nm Flash die

Shiny happy people holding DIMMs: Plus Facebook's data centres are going all-flash

HP's Discover conference, held over 10-12 June in Las Vegas, featured sessions from Intel, SanDisk and Toshiba as well as HP, and flash featured highly on the agenda. We've rounded up the most useful storage titbits for your reading pleasure. We’re informed that HP is not talking to Simplivity about acquired that converged …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2014
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HDS adds CommVault dedupe

Hitachi Data Systems is oem'ing CommVault's Simpana to provide deduplicated data protection services, and Simpana has passed the 10,000 customer mark. HDS has announced its Data Protection Suite 8.0 and said it's powered by CommVault. The product uses Simpana 8.0 technology and is the latest event in the HDS CommVault OEM …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2009
Veeam v7 data flow

Veeam chases $1bn revenue dream as VC joins board

Veeam is looking more and more like the Data Domain of virtual server backup suppliers, announcing 100 per cent annual growth in second quarter bookings, boasting more than 73,000 customers and securing a new VC partnership to take it to the $1bn annual revenue level. That would mean, El Reg's storage desk thinks, passing …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2013
StoreOnce 6500

HP unveils federated backup that won't get your back up ... it hopes

Meg Whitman's mega firm is federating backup appliances to ease the pain of managing multiple silos and claims management overhead is reduced by 75 per cent through no more "physical mapping of backup jobs to individual backup appliances". The news came at HP’s Discover bash in Las Vegas, where it unveiled StoreOnce Federated …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2014

CommVault adds remote monitoring to Simpana

CommVault today is adding a web-based subscription backup and troubleshooting service to its Simpana software suite. The Remote Operations Management service (ROMs), as it's called, automates data center error sniffing for overnight, weekend and holiday monitoring. The ROMs database runs on a master server (which the company …
Austin Modine, 28 Jan 2008
Disk Drives

Storage software sales flatlining: Biz bods getting theirs in bundled deals

IDC's storage software beancounters saw a smidgen of growth in the storage software market in the third quarter, with bright spots in data protection and management. The data comes from IDC's Worldwide Storage Software QView, from which IDC releases headline info. If you want any more detail, like data segmentations by vendor, …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2013
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Microsoft tosses Simpana Azure salad, feeds it to cloud punters

Microsoft is offering a CommVault Simpana data feed and access portal as an Azure cloud storage bundle. On its side CommVault is now offering its customers cloud compute and storage facilities using Redmond's Azure cloud. Simpana is CommVault's data protection and archiving software which supports block-level and app-aware …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2012
channel

CommVault and McAfee team to fight gorilla

These days, David wouldn't stand a chance against Goliath. Slingshot-only attacks against an armoured giant carrying a big club will get you nowhere. Goliath, you see, has gone and bought Norton armour. So David has to go looking for a partner. This is why CommVault and McAfee are partnering to sell a backup/archive and security …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2008

PEX vex: Partners uninvited from the VMware party – report

VMware has reportedly asked at least two vendors – including Nutanix and Veeam – to "limit" their "presence" on the exhibition floor of the virtualisation juggernaut's Partner Exchange conference next week, prompting consternation in the storage community. The story, broken by CRN, has caused a Twitter frenzy and much chatter in …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2014
The Register breaking news

Gartner magicians mumble, scrawl upstart's rune on disk pentacle

Duplicate file killer Actifio has been summoned by Gartner's sorcerers to appear in their magic quadrant of who's who in enterprise backup. The storage upstart sits alongside fellow startups and new entrant Veeam and reliable old number-two external storage supplier warhorse NetApp. Wait, NetApp? You'd think NetApp should be up …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2013

Violin welcomes new grand master flash flogger

Flash array startup Violin Memory has hired Steven Rose to head up both the EMEA and Latin America operations. Rose's appointment was announced on 16 May, and he will, Violin said, "lead regional market awareness [and] go-to-market strategies". Rose comes to Violin from Informatica, where he was the SVP for EMEA and LATAM. …

Thought you could rely on ever-rising storage hardware sales? Think again

Tech market analyst IDC says that although storage software sales increased in the first 2013 quarter, traditionally strong storage hardware sales have started to shrink. Using its Quarterly Storage Tracker, the box-counter says that, compared to a year ago, first quarter storage hardware revenues declined 0.9 per cent to $5.1bn …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2013

Commvault storage suite gets souped

Commvault Systems is rolling out a major product overhaul and re-branding of its storage software. The product revamp includes improved performance, new security tools, de-duplication technology, and new search capabilities and indexing for better access to data. For the upgrade, the company's unified data management suite …
Austin Modine, 09 Jul 2007
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CommVault first to de-dupe to tape

CommVault has updated its data protection and management product Simpana so it can store de-duplicated data on tape - something no other product does. Generally accepted rules say that the most efficient way of storing data - de-duplicated with repeating patterns taken out - can't be used with tape, the cheapest long-life …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2009
Steve Bennet, ex-Symantec CEO

Big Yellow loses its head... again: Symantec, we need to talk

Symantec recently fired Steve Bennett, its second CEO in two years. As a previous chairman of the board, Bennett was part of the team that shifted off the previous CEO. Apparently now, new blood is needed to "act aggressively to capture a growing share of this market," in the words of the new chief, Michael Brown. Steve Bennet …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2014
Robots breaking down walls and fixing leaky pipes

Who will recover your data if disaster strikes?

Who here has a disaster recovery plan? OK, that's most of you. How many of you have a disaster recovery plan that isn't "panic"? That's a more reasonable number. How many of you have disaster recovery plans that you have actually tested? Excellent! This is encouraging. Now how many of you could implement the full plan before …
Trevor Pott, 15 Nov 2013

CommVault codes its way onto Dell storage

Storage software maker CommVault has received a large vote of confidence from Dell with the two companies announcing a tight product partnership. Dell customers will now find a low-end version of CommVault's Galaxy software available for their IP and Fibre Channel storage systems. The software, called GalaxyExpress, lets …
Ashlee Vance, 17 May 2004
VMware's monster VM

Yellow-bellied journo dons black tie, sees flip side of VMWorld

As I write this, VMworld San Francisco 2013 is two months behind me. I went, I saw, I schmoozed, and I came away from the event unsettled. I had expected the event to be a glorification of VMware – a rich parade of the ecosystem that surrounds it and cheerleading by its users. What I found was anything but. I entered the …
Trevor Pott, 04 Nov 2013
Dell's CEO Michael Dell

Dell's partners fear divorce after firm beds new squeeze

CommVault and Symantec will be getting the jitters now that Dell is buying Quest, having acquired AppAssure and its continuous data protection technology just a few months back. Now it looks like the hardware giant is plumping up its portfolio of software with its latest acquisition... which might make its partnerships with the …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jul 2012
DVD it in many colours

Returning Acronis CEO plans Parallels universe

Returned Acronis CEO Serguei Beloussov has extended his planned tenure at the company, in part to ensure it melds technologies from virtualisation player Parallels to create a backup-as-a-service product. Beloussov founded both Acronis and Parallels, left both to pursue other interests including a pair of venture capital funds, …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Sep 2013
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Rumours confirmed: NetApp now supports tape storage

NetApp is supporting tape storage through an OEM deal with CommVault for Simpana 9 and SnapProtect. A possible NetApp and CommVault deal was rumoured back in December last year, and now it has come to pass. NetApp is providing a unified console, CommVault's SnapProtect, to provide what it calls a seamless integration of snapshot …
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2011

Data protection bods Bocada list dog on senior management team

Look, first things first, we're not making this up. Enterprise data protection company Bocada has one Tommy, er, Bocada listed as its director of employee well-being. And while Tommy may very well have experience in "enterprise, data storage, software development, sales, and support", he is nevertheless a member of the species …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2013

Storage-slinger: Sales down for 6th year running? Blame TAPE

Storage biz Quantum's position couldn't be further from that of rival CommVault. Revenues down? Yes. Both annually and sequentially? Yep. Losses deeper? Mmhmm. Annually and sequentially? Yes indeed. It's the same old, same old for Jon Gacek's crew at Quantum, where unreeling tape revenues overtook slowly growing disk revenues. …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2013
EMC

EMC jazzes up its archive offerings

EMC's released a spring boost for its Data Domain backup deduping package as well as updating its SourceOne file and email archiver. Data Domain stores deduplicated backups and archived files. SourceOne software discovers and indexes file and mail content and archives it to a storage setup, such as a Data Domain system. Data …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2013
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Converting between backup formats is possible after all

I had always thought it was impossible to convert files from one backup format to another: to migrate files from Symantec NetBackup to HP DataProtector, for example. But actually, you can. A new product from Butterfly Software does exactly that. Butterfly Software is based in Maidenhead in the UK and I'm only going on what the …
Chris Mellor, 22 Mar 2011
The Register breaking news

Dell may fatten up software offering by swallowing Quest

Dell could be looking to buy Quest Software, according to reports. Bloomberg cites informed sources and says Dell tried to buy Quest when the software company agreed in March this year to go private and be bought by InSight Venture Partners for around $2bn. That transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of this year …
Chris Mellor, 25 May 2012
LTO-2 tape cartridge

BridgeSTOR: They called us mad, but we've put deduped data on TAPE!

BridgeSTOR has announced it will store deduplicated data on tape, a medium considered totally unsuitable for deduplication by everybody else. John Matze said his company's Data Deduplication File System (DDFS) works with the open Linear Tape File System (LTFS) so that deduped data on tape can be rehydrated and restored. Matze …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2012
Falcon

FalconStor honcho rejigs storage biz: OEMs - who needs them?

FalconStor CEO Jim McNiel is not quite a happy man, but he hopes to be one in a year or so. He is the president and CEO of a once phenomenally successful storage software start-up, and it's his task to restore the company's fortunes. McNiel, formerly Falconstor's strategy chief, came into his position when he replaced the …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2012