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Microsoft Invests More in CommVault

Microsoft Corp. today announced an extension of its alliance with CommVault Systems Inc. to provide customers with data protection and data management solutions for enterprise computing environments. The agreement includes an equity investment from Redmond as well.

CommVault (www.commvault.com) officials claim the alliance will accelerate the deployment of the recently announced CommVault Galaxy storage management suite on Windows 2000.

"Data and storage management have never been more important to our customers," said Brian Ball, general manager of Enterprise Server Products at Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) in a statement.

CommVault Galaxy is a relatively new data protection product developed in the last ten years, and the only one specifically designed to provide heterogeneous storage and data management from a Windows platform. Bob Hammer, CommVault’s CEO, says this is especially important with the increasing popularity of new data-centric computing models such as NAS and SAN.

The business benefits of Galaxy to customers are: data protection; advanced data management and faster access to business critical data through Galaxy's tight integration with Microsoft applications such as Exchange and SQL Server. For example, Exchange 5.5 data can be backed up today from either Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000-based servers and recalled later for use in Exchange 2000.

Hammer says that even though Galaxy built form the ground up for Windows NT/2000, it can manage storage heterogeneously as well.

The agreement includes joint marketing and technical cooperation. "They’re helping us to communicate to their user base about CommVault as a vendor," Hammer says. -Thomas Sullivan

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