VAST Data teams with Commvault

VAST Data has formed a new partnership with Commvault to provide an integrated, modern backup solution that provides superior safeguards for organizations looking to protect their data from looming cyber threats, disasters or rogue employees. Combining VAST Data’s all-flash Universal Storage solution with Commvault’s Complete Data Protection platform enables rapid backups and restores for instant recovery at a cost comparable to hard drive economics, while still providing the performance needed to drive data insights and analytics.

Ransomware incidents have grown more frequent and costly, prompting some experts to label the sudden increase a “digital pandemic.” In fact, according to GartnerⓇ “by the year 2025, at least 75 percent of IT organizations will face one or more attacks, following a dramatic increase in ransomware attacks during 2020, pointing to sevenfold or higher rates of growth.”* Ransomware attacks are often crippling for organizations as entire IT estates are compromised, requiring multitudes of systems to be restored rapidly.



VAST Data’s Universal Storage solution bucks the traditional model of purpose-built backup appliances (PBBA), which deduplicate data across spinning disks and are not designed for fast data recovery. Key differentiators of the Commvault solution optimized by VAST:



All-Flash Performance with Archive Economics. An all-flash, scale-out architecture that can meet stringent recovery time objectives (RTOs) by providing 50x more restore performance and 40 percent lower cost than legacy PBBAs.

Industry-Leading Data Reduction. The industry’s most advanced data reduction, achieved by VAST’s Similarity-Based Data Reduction combined with the data protection tools in Commvault Complete delivers an unprecedented level of efficiency, bringing the effective cost of flash in line with HDD-based storage systems.

Low Total Cost of Ownership. A 10-year warranty for VAST’s Universal Storage provides an industry’s-best total cost of ownership (TCO) advantage compared to the average three-to-five year refresh cycle.

Storage Level Data Protection. The Indestructible Snapshots feature in VAST’s Universal Storage helps companies safeguard data by preventing critical backup copies and snapshots from being altered or destroyed by nefarious actors that are inside or outside of the organization.


Now a Commvault Technology Alliances Partner, VAST Data has completed validation of its Universal Storage platform with the Commvault Complete Data Protection Suite. Through this partnership, VAST Data allows Commvault customers to protect any amount of enterprise data in a single cloud-scale platform and recover thousands of virtual machines in hours, not days or weeks. VAST’s Universal Storage all-flash platform also enables additional analytics functionality in Commvault’s Intelligent Data Services Platform — including Data Compliance and Governance for e-discovery and audits of sensitive data and Data Insights for anomaly detection to mitigate future threats — while providing the flexibility to run different workloads without impacting backup and restore jobs.



“Combining Commvault’s backup orchestration and data management engine with VAST’s unified all-flash file and object storage platform was a no-brainer,” said Don Foster, Vice President of Global Sales Engineering at Commvault. “This partnership enables our customers to benefit from the massive throughput and lower latency that comes from flash-optimized backups and restores, the luxury of scale to meet the needs of any environment, meeting the most stringent recovery service-level agreements, all at a cost that is comparable to hard drive-based solutions.”



VAST and Commvault also developed a joint reference architecture to guide customers through the optimized deployment of the combined solution. Register to watch this fireside chat featuring executives from VAST Data and Commvault where they discuss the importance of an all-flash data protection and recovery strategy. For an additional deep-dive on VAST’s data protection strategy, tune into this newly released episode of Storage Unpacked featuring VAST’s Vice President of Data Protection George Axberg, talking with podcast hosts Chris Evans and Martin Glassborow.



“No longer is data protection about just checking a box and saying you can recover individual files or systems,” said George Axberg, Vice President of Data Protection at VAST. “Organizations now must plan to recover all of their critical systems if they want to resume normal business operations after a large-scale cyber attack, natural disaster or rogue actor. We’re thrilled to partner with an industry leader like Commvault to provide organizations with a comprehensive all-flash data protection solution that they can count on for enterprise performance, efficiency and TCO.”

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