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Storage network systems maker NetApp and storage software provider CommVault, whom some might think ought to be competitors because they sell into many of the same markets, announced May 31 that they have signed a new global OEM agreement under which they will cross-pollinate some key products.

In fact, California-based NetApp and New Jersey-based CommVault have been partners for nearly a decade because their homegrown IP fills gaps in each other’s product lines.

In this new deal, they will integrate elements of CommVault’s Simpana 9 software with NetApp’s Snapshot and replication, and will henceforth co-produce them under the NetApp SnapProtect brand.

SnapProtect combines high-speed NetApp Snapshot copies and replication with tape in a single backup package to help organizations shrink the amount of time needed for their backup and recovery operations. Thus, Tier 2 disk backup and Tier 3 tape archiving, for example, can be managed and provisioned in a single application.

"What we’re doing here is bring to the table [storage] manageability, so that customers can go disk-to-disk-to-tape in a very seamless fashion," Mark Welke, NetApp director of Data Protection Solutions, told eWEEK.

Better Integration, Smaller Backup Window

Simpana users will also benefit from this agreement because of the increased integration and management that Snapshot brings within Simpana to accelerate and simplify the backup and recovery process, CommVault Vice President of Worldwide OEM Sales Michael McMahon told eWEEK.

"As companies start to virtualize and consolidate, and the amount of data continues to grow at the rate it is growing, we’re finding it is extremely difficult to keep up with it, using standard, host-based backup technologies," McMahon said.

For more, read the eWEEK article: NetApp, CommVault Team for Automated Snapshot-Based Backup.