Commvault’s Metallic marks six months in EMEA

Commvault‘s Metallic SaaS-based data protection solutions in EMEA has now been available for six months. 

In this time, Metallic has delivered to customers secure, scalable, GDPR-compliant, and cost-effective enterprise-ready data management with single pane of glass management across SaaS, on-prem, public cloud, native, and hybrid workloads. With backing from Microsoft and the appointment of Shai Nuni as the new Vice President of Metallic in EMEA, the SaaS offering seamlessly addresses growing business concerns around cost, scalability, and security as they protect critical data.

EMEA Launch
After debuting in the US, in October 2020 Commvault announced the EMEA launch of Metallic initially to ten countries in the region, including the UK, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Sweden. The company subsequently introduced Metallic to nine other EMEA countries in January 2021, including Austria, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Switzerland, followed shortly by the UAE in April – the 20th EMEA country. 

During this time, Commvault has seen significant Metallic customer wins in these regions, including Aliscargo Airlines (Italy), Evolutio Cloud Provider (Spain), Sithabile Technology Group (South Africa), and Keshet Broadcasting (Israel).

Metallic customer Yossi Gross, VP IT and CIO, BDO said: “Metallic is an advanced SaaS product that gives BDO a unified solution for the automation of all backup and recovery processes in Office 365 applications. We discovered an innovative and simple interface when it comes to setting up and management which allows us to back up a number of services from our O365 cloud and includes, among other things, data search and transfer capabilities to the cloud, between clouds, or from the cloud to the BDO website as needed. Metallic is an easy-to-learn, easy-to-implement and easy-to-use solution.”

Marco Fanizzi, VP and GM at Commvault EMEA added: “Together, Commvault and Metallic deliver an integrated portfolio to customers that are on a hybrid journey, but don’t want a one-size-fits-all solution. Customers can adopt our software, from our HyperScale X appliance to our Metallic Cloud Storage Service and Metallic BaaS capabilities, for workloads at different stages of their hybrid journey and still keep the power of a single experience, a single pane of glass from an operational perspective.”

Product Advancements
In the January launch, Metallic added new data protection solutions, features, and enterprise workload support. This included: enhanced SaaS application protection with the introduction of Metallic Salesforce Backup and Microsoft Teams recovery enhancements; the addition of Oracle and Active Directory to Metallic Database Backup; and the addition of HyperScale X as a fully integrated appliance and edge offering for Metallic.

In its most recent update in March, Commvault announced that educational institutions can now purchase Metallic Office 365 Backup in a licensing model that aligns with the purchasing process of Microsoft 365. For each Metallic Office 365 Backup faculty license purchased, educational organisations will receive four student licenses free of charge, which remain free for the lifetime of the faculty member’s subscription.

 “The integration of Office 365 tools with Microsoft Teams meant this solution is proving immensely popular amongst education leaders, and this was reflected in the near 900% growth in Teams between March-June 2020,” commented Shai Nuni, VP EMEA, Metallic. “This incredible uptake has made it even more important to ensure that secure backups for Office 365 are in place and that recovery in the event of data loss is quick and simple.”

Microsoft Partnership
In a landmark move, Commvault entered into a strategic multi-year agreement with Microsoft to tightly integrate go-to-market, engineering, and Metallic sales with Microsoft Azure. The close cooperation between both companies is intended to deliver ultimate scalability and trusted security alongside simple SaaS management. Commvault pledged to help joint channel partners and customers simplify IT with enterprise-class, proven data protection solutions delivered through SaaS and protected in the cloud.

“Commvault and Microsoft have always delivered trusted technologies to our joint customers, and this takes our longstanding relationship to the next level at a critical time for companies to adopt cloud and SaaS technologies,” said Tad Brockway, Corporate Vice President Azure Storage. “Metallic SaaS with Microsoft Azure delivers one of the industry’s most powerful solutions for storing and protecting business-critical data – in the cloud and beyond.”

It is vital in today’s world that SaaS solutions are readily available to provide businesses what they need, when they need it, as Manoj Nair, General Manager, Metallic comments: 

“As we continue our global rollout of Metallic, we’re finding more and more customers around the world are immediately grasping the value and inherent simplicity that cloud-native, as-a-service data protection can bring to their environments. Metallic solutions offer customers what no other cloud-delivered backup service can match: the most comprehensive portfolio of BaaS solutions and the flexibility to backup each data source to the optimal storage target – whether that be cloud or on-premises storage, or the new HyperScale X for Metallic at the edge for ultimate performance with BaaS simplicity.”

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