Commvault reaffirms partnerships with Huawei, STC, Microsoft, Cisco

By Arun Shankar   22 October, 2017
Commvault reaffirms partnerships with Huawei, STC, Microsoft, Cisco

Wael Mustafa, Area Vice President, MESAT Region, Commvault.


Commvault and Huawei have a successful history of working together, the latest edition of which is set to deepen the cooperation between the two companies in the area of data backup with the launch of a Hybrid Cloud Backup Solution for Huawei Cloud. This solution provides organizations with an easy-to-use, economical and secure solution for backing up workloads running between traditional datacentres and public clouds.

“Data is the core asset for enterprises looking to undertake digital transformation. As such, its value can never be over-estimated. We are excited to be working again with Commvault, this time building a hybrid cloud backup solution that will provide easy-to-use data management and secure data protection for hybrid cloud environments and in the process helping enterprises leverage cloud architecture to optimize data asset services,” commented Meng Guangbin, President IT Storage Product Line, Huawei.

“Data has come a long way from the days when it was seen as an inconvenience that simply occupied storage space, to how we view it today, as a strategic asset that needs protecting, analysing and using for competitive gain,” stated Wael Mustafa, Area Vice President, MESAT Region, Commvault.

“Implementing data protection is one of the most persuasive and challenging elements of working across different cloud environments, however, perhaps the most pressing challenge is finding ways to manage on and off-premise data backup systems in a unified manner. Our alliance with Huawei is making strides towards solving these challenges meaning our customers are now in a position to activate their data assets and derive value from them in a way that was previously just not possible,” finished Mustafa.


Commvault showcased its ability to help customers accelerate data migration through its support for new Microsoft technologies and features, such as Microsoft Azure Archive Blob Storage, a service on the Azure cloud platform providing customers with considerable cost savings for storing data with long retention and compliance requirements.

“The productivity, intelligence and hybrid capabilities of Microsoft Azure, combined with Commvault’s expertise in enterprise data management, support our mutual customers with a trusted solution on their journey to the cloud,” said Dean Paron, Director, Azure Data Box, Microsoft Corp.

In addition to support of Azure Archive Blob Storage and Azure Data Box, Commvault is also highlighting its data management integration for Azure Stack, the on-premises cloud option for large enterprises and managed services providers.


Last year saw STC and Commvault announce a memorandum of understanding that targeted the public sector and small and medium enterprises in Saudi Arabia with a new cloud offering. Since Gitex 2016, cloud adoption across the Gulf region has continued apace and so has the realisation that different types of cloud environments suit different applications and data sets, and therefore require different backup strategies.

“Saudi Arabia is continuing to witness tremendous growth of cloud adoption and backup as a service implementations. Through our work with Commvault, over the last year we have been able to offer the best data management solutions available in the market to our customers, regardless of what cloud offering they are using,” said Dr Tarig M Enaya, Senior Vice President of STC Enterprise Business Unit.


Cisco can now sell and deliver Commvault Software to customers with Cisco validated data protection solutions for the modern datacentre. The announcement marks the latest strategic milestone in the longstanding partnership between the two companies, enabling Commvault, a global vendor in enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud, bringing a full solution stack and simplicity to Cisco customers and resellers.

Commvault Software is now available by Cisco resellers and its broader ecosystem via the Cisco Solutions Plus programme and is expected to be on Cisco’s Global Price List in October.

Commvault joins the Cisco Solutions Plus Programme at a time when enterprise and midmarket customers are facing increased data challenges fueled by the exponential growth in the amount of data to store, manage and analyse, and increasing risk of security breaches. Commvault mitigates this challenge through its robust data platform that defends against the growing variety of threats, while providing customers the flexibility to reliably manage data stored in the datacentre and in the cloud.

Whether customers are refreshing infrastructure with new UCS servers, transitioning to hyper-converged infrastructure with HyperFlex, or designing a converged system with performance-optimised FlashStack or Flexpod, the Commvault Data Platform provides a fully tested and validated architecture to meet their unique deployment and operational needs to deliver proven enterprise-class data protection and management.

The availability of Commvault Software in the Cisco Solution Plus Programme also reinforces Commvault’s commitment to address midmarket customers, who favor qualified and integrated solutions. Offering the most expansive support for public cloud providers, hypervisors, big data support and database protection, Commvault Software on Cisco infrastructure can accelerate customers’ adoption of and transition to a hybrid cloud strategy across business-critical and secondary application use cases, while eliminating the hassles and costs of dealing with multiple vendors.

While the announcement marks the latest milestone in Commvault’s partnership with Cisco, customers have been deploying Commvault Software and solutions on Cisco hardware for years, benefiting from Cisco Validated Designs and reference architectures to guide their assessment and deployment. By expanding its alliance with Cisco and its datacentre partners, Commvault will make it seamless for customers to adopt the best of breed solutions in a unified stack that enhances the already strong value proposition of the Cisco datacentre portfolio.

Earlier this year, Commvault teamed up with Pure Storage and Cisco to provide data protection support for FlashStack, a flexible, converged infrastructure solution which combines the latest in compute, network and storage hardware into a single, integrated architecture.

The eleventh version of Commvault solutions portfolio is positioned to help customers activate their data by accelerating the transformation from legacy data management to a modern data environment to unlock critical business insight and drive new value from customers’ technology investments.

The Commvault solutions portfolio is comprised of an industry product offering in the areas of data protection and recovery, cloud, virtualisation, archive, and file sync and share that addresses evolving market trends, growth areas, and customer use cases. The Commvault Data Platform is open and standards-based, helping customers better leverage data, improve IT operations, and enabling 3rd party innovation.

“Digital transformation is driving the cloud data discussion for many organisations in the Gulf region as they continue to realise the benefits afforded by cloud. However, the cloud has also highlighted for many, the need to better manage data in Microsoft Azure and their on-premises data centres,” said Mustafa.

“From CIOs, to developers and storage administrators, everyone shares the same goal of improving data management for business gains, and as hybrid cloud approaches increase in popularity, our relationship with Microsoft (and the use of each other’s technologies) will enable us to continue to deliver tightly integrated products and tested best practices to our joint customers,” continued Mustafa.

“As the market continues to mature in the Middle East, we see big opportunities for better, more effective data management as-a-service offerings for hybrid, public and private cloud environments. By working with an organisation with the presence and brand awareness that STC enjoys, we hope to be able to promote the implementation and continued requirements for these secure and effective solutions still further,” further continued Mustafa.

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