Out of the Vault
It seems like CommVault's recent news about disaster recovery for SMBs was just the entree to its big announcement today regarding the launch of Simpana 9, a self-managing behemoth of a data and records management platform that can scan across the largest enterprise, archiving and holding data for backup and e-Discovery purposes.
Simpana 9's predecessor, Version 8, is some three years old, and despite upgrades and patches, it must have been feeling long in the tooth in the fast-moving world of Enterprise 2.0 data management, where legal demands and data volumes continue to surge.
New Functions Tackle Back-End Confusion
Indeed, this version features some 800 new functions and thousands of behind the scenes tweaks to ensure Simpana's relevance now and into the future. The headline features include collaborative sharing and single-click legal preservation of data, all without worrying about the monstrous amounts of data or activity in the back end.
Simpana is composed of various software modules that share access to the complex back-end services and advanced features. The only task left up to the company is to activate the modules it needs by entering the license key. If more functionality is needed, buy an additional module, enter the code and off you go again.
The Five Pillars
The redesign is based around the concept of Simpana as an "Information Governance Framework" that does most of the work in the background allowing users to concentrate on finding, reacting to and sharing the data. The platform is based on five pillars:
Simplifying Tasks, Saving Money and Time
For a Content Director, or admin with a similar role, Simpana offers policy driven classification, consistent marking schemas, manual & automated processes, workflow to role retention and records management system.
By simplifying information management tasks and consolidating data through a set of centrally managed policies, companies save money and time (making the CIO look good) while data officers and users can find information faster. This is done by a breaking down of information silos including email, documents, databases, web content and other sources with unified data acquisition.
With all the data on board, Simpana's Retention Lifecycle Management (RLM) comes into play with enterprise-wide intelligent search with support for 401 file formats, 77 languages, unified web search and mining. This is done through a custom user interface where issues that affect e-Discovery can be tracked via a workflow to ensure the job gets done and keep the lawyers happy.
All data is classified and only users with the relevant access can touch information that may be sensitive or be privacy-related, with alerts being generated when a user searches off their reservation.
Supporting Complex Systems
Doing something as complicated as Simpana yet making the users' tasks look easy is the biggest trick Simpana pulls off, following the company's vision to create a better way of managing data and search.
The company has 13,000 existing customers, and as ever more stringent legal and backup demands are placed on enterprises, Simpana will appeal to those who use fragmented and complex systems or who are finding their existing systems evermore unwieldy.
CommVault even offers a FastPass process to help migrate users, using a Simpana 9 external data connector to minimize the time needed to migrate from legacy solutions.