Microsoft and Commvault are to integrate Commvault’s Metallic SaaS data protection with Azure Blob Storage and will develop other product integrations with native Azure services.
In a multi-year agreement between the two companies, Metallic will be a featured app for SaaS data protection in the Azure Marketplace. Metallic Backup & Recovery for Office 365 is already available on the site.
Sanjay Mirchandani, Commvault CEO, said today in a press announcement: “This is a new era for Commvault and our direction is clear – help our joint channel partners and customers simplify IT with enterprise-class, proven data protection solutions delivered through SaaS and protected in the cloud.”
Metallic is a cloud-native backup and recovery service that uses AWS and Azure to store data.
With the Microsoft announcement, we envisage Metallic will be a data onramp for customer data to Azure. This data can be processed with Azure and also Commvault applications. There may be a Hedvig angle too; Commvault bought the startup last year to give it a software-defined storage capability.
Commvault said it will continue to support Metallic customers who want to continue using other clouds – i.e. AWS – for backend storage. It did not reveal if it plans to integrate Metallic with more cloud storage providers.