Guest post by Phil Curran
While VMworld 2011 Las Vegas is behind us, VMworld 2011 Copenhagen is fast approaching and the CommVault team is hard at work with final preparations for the show. The CommVault team will be in booth #100C and will be showing off the latest CommVault Simpana 9 software capabilities for protecting and managing data in growing VMware environments, including our SnapProtect integration for virtual servers.
One of the big hits for us at VMworld Las Vegas was the demo of one the newest capabilities in Simpana 9 SP3, which is the ability to perform mailbox and individual email restores from a snapshot of a virtualized Microsoft Exchange environment.
Email platforms like Exchange typically have specific long-term retention and recovery requirements. As more organizations look to virtualize Exchange, the ability to retain email for compliance and discovery remains extremely important. Methods are needed to ensure efficient retention of this virtualized data and enable this data for eDiscovery. But there is really no need to archive redundant data from virtual machines and operating systems for compliance. A more efficient method is to extract just the email data that's required. The duplicate data on VMDKs and operating systems often does not need to be retained.
So, the secret sauce in the CommVault approach is the combination of CommVault's SnapProtect capability for driving and managing hardware snapshots with our Virtual Server Agent (VSA), which leverages deep integration into the virtual environment (VMware vSphere 5 in this example). The VSA orchestrates the virtual platform (leveraging VADP) to perform initial backup operation including the quiescing of VMs and applications as well as log truncation for application consistency. SnapProtect will then drive the creation and management of array-based snapshots of VM datastores. Simpana can then manage secondary copies of these snapshots and, in this example perform information mining operations which can extract out specific Exchange mailboxes and email for long-term retention.
If you're attending VMworld 2011 Copenhagen and want to learn more about CommVault's backup and archiving solutions for Exchange, swing by the booth and check out our demo. Hope to see you there!
Phil Curran is a Senior Product Marketing Manager with CommVault.