In July 2018, Commvault restructured its backup, restore, and archive offerings, consolidating 20 different offerings into four to simplify how the product can be deployed and expanded.
What was formerly known as Commvault File Archive is now integrated as part of Commvault Complete Backup and Recovery. It is so-called because it is intended to include everything an enterprise needs to protect and restore its data, regardless of infrastructure or environment.
The three other products are optional add-ons to Complete. Commvault HyperScale is built around its scale-out storage platform. It is available as a Commvault-branded appliance or as software that runs on partners’ hardware. Commvault Orchestrate lets customers use data on secondary storage for disaster recovery testing and other automated testing. Commvault Activate provides discovery and reporting for business analysis and compliance requirements.
Commvault software is built on a single platform and unified code base. All backup and archive data are stored in a common virtual repository called ContentStore. ContentStore can be on disk, tape, in the cloud, or on some combination, independent of the hardware vendors. Once in ContentStore, data can then be managed by advanced features such as security, deduplication, encryption, and analytics.
Commvault Complete supports a wide range of technologies, including applications, distributed applications such as IBM Spectrum Scale (GPFS), databases, file systems, hypervisors, cloud storage, disk storage, snapshot engines, and tape storage. Additional information on Complete can be found in Evaluator Group research on Data Protection Software and Scale-out Data Protection.
A module called Copy Data Management (CDM) is included with Commvault Orchestrate to work with Complete. Policy creation is now included in Complete, and carried forward to CDM, to retain single or multiple copies of data based on multiple criteria such as file name, type, user/group, keyword, Exchange classifications, and tagging.