Detailed Introduction to Commvault Simpana Software | Features of Simpana Software

Simpana Software


Commvault Simpana Software

                     The Simpana software platform is an enterprise level, which is integrated with data and information management solution, built from the ground up on a single platform and unified code base. All functions share the same back-end technologies to deliver the unparalleled advantages and benefits to protecting, managing and accessing data. 

The Simpana software platform contains modules to protect and archive, analyze, replicate, and search your data, which all share a common set of back-end services and advanced capabilities, seamlessly interacting with one another. The Simpana software platform addresses all aspects of data management in the enterprise, while providing infinite scalability and unmatched control of data and information.


Production data is protected by installing agent software on the physical or virtual hosts which use operating system or application native APIs to properly protect data in a consistent state. Production data is processed by the agent software on client computers and backed up through a data manager, the MediaAgent, to disk, tape, or cloud storage. All data management activity in the environment is tracked by a centralized server, the CommServe, and can be managed by administrators through a central user interface.

Key features of the Simpana software platform

  • Complete data protection solution supporting all major operating systems, applications, and databases on virtual and physical servers, NAS shares, cloud-based infrastructures, and mobile devices.
  • Simplified management through a single console; view, manage, and access all functions and all data and information across the enterprise.
  • Multiple protection methods including backup and archive, snapshot management, replication, and content indexing for eDiscovery.
  • Efficient storage management using deduplication for disk and tape.
  • Integrated with the industry's top storage arrays to automate the creation of indexed, application-aware hardware snapshot copies across multi-vendor storage environments.
  • Complete virtual infrastructure management supporting both VMware and Hyper-V.
  • Advanced security capabilities to limit access to critical data, provide granular management capabilities, and provide single sign on access for Active Directory users.
  • Policy-based data management, transcending limitations of legacy backup products by managing data based on business needs and not the physical location.
  • Cutting edge end-user experience empowering them to protect, find and recover their own data using common tools such as web browsers, Microsoft Outlook and File Explorer.
Features of Simphana Software Capabilities

Backup and Recovery

Simpana software provides smooth and efficient backup and restore of data and information in your enterprise from most mainstream operating systems, databases, and applications. The backup and recovery system uses agents to interface with file systems and applications to facilitate the transfer of data from production systems to the protected environment. Data protection is available in three areas:
·         File Systems
·         Applications
·         Databases

OnePass and Archive

Using data archiving, you can retain, store, classify, and access information according to its business, compliance value with one method of access and preservation across all ESI (Electronically Stored Information).
·         Simpana OnePass is the industry's first converged process for backup, archive, and reporting. It incorporates both the backup and archive processes in a single, low-impact data collection operation, moving data to secondary storage where the data functions as both a backup and archive copy.
·         Database archive agents securely archive inactive data to both an archiving database and backup media, and providing smooth access to the archived data from the production database.
·         Classic archive agents move infrequently used mailbox items from primary to secondary storage to optimize storage space, and provide lower cost long term data retention.

Virtual Machine Integration

Virtualization demands a data management solution that is aware of dynamic workloads, consolidated resources, and cloud-based computing models. Simpana software is built with this in mind to let you virtualize even the most demanding applications, leveraging deep integration into the virtual infrastructure to deliver advanced data management capabilities and automate the protection of VMs.  Simpana software protects all of your VMs quickly and unifies the data protection of physical and virtual environments.

Snapshot Management

IntelliSnap technology integrates the complex lifecycle of snapshot management seamlessly into the Simpana software framework. This integrated approach makes it quicker, easier, and more affordable to harness the power of multiple vendor array-based snapshots, accelerating backup and recovery of applications, systems, virtual machines, and data. IntelliSnap automates the creation of application-aware hardware snapshot copies across a multi-vendor storage environment, and catalogs snapshot data to simplify the recovery of individual files without the need for a collection of scripts and disparate snapshot, backup, and recovery tools.

Edge Endpoint Solutions 

Edge Endpoint Solutions offer data protection, security, access from anywhere, and search capabilities for end users, to protect against data breaches and increase productivity while providing self-service capabilities. End users have immediate access to their files, regardless of where they create them, and can securely share, search, and restore files using their own mobile, desktop and laptop devices, without assistance.
Security and Encryption

Simpana software securely protects data and information - whether it's on premises, at the edge, or in the cloud. Security is baked in to the platform to secure data on desktops or laptops, in the office or on the road, at rest or in flight, utilizing efficient encryption, granular and customizable access controls for content and operations, role-based security, single sign-on, alerting, and audit trails to keep your information secure. Protected data is efficiently stored in the Simpana ContentStore—the virtual repository of all Simpana software-managed information. Simpana security will reduce privacy breaches and exposure events, and reduce costs by efficiently securing stored data.


The deduplication integrated into Simpana software reduces backup times while saving on storage and network resources by identifying and eliminating duplicate blocks of data during backups. All data types from Windows, Linux, and UNIX operating systems are deduplicated before moving the data to secondary storage, reducing the time and bandwidth required to move data by up to 90 percent, reducing the space required for storage, and reducing the time required to restore data. Deploy deduplication where it makes the most sense: at the source, on the target, or both. 

Reporting and Insight

Access to actionable information is critical to informed decision-making and operational excellence. Simpana software has robust, built-in reporting analytics, with deep operational reporting integrated with data management operations, eliminating the need for third-party reporting tools. Global, web-based reporting provides a rich understanding of operations with deep views into data, usage and environmental characteristics, business intelligence for infrastructure cost planning, and simplified compliance audits. Live instrumentation and dashboard views provide summary and analytic views of utilization, success rates, and a host of other parameters designed to simplify data management, while historical operations data is available for regular status reporting, trend analysis and best practice comparison to achieve operational excellence. And, yes, there's an app for that! Install the CommVault Monitor app on your smart device to view reports and event details, and even monitor and manage jobs in the CommCell.


Discover meaningful insights and unleash your data's full potential with our analytics software. Analyze your data to gain insight to the underlying processes and meaningful patterns to gain a business advantage. Simpana software provides data analytics to view statistical information about your data, web analytics to improve the usability and the content of a website or application, and data connectors to collect the information residing in various data repositories throughout your enterprise.

CommVault Backup Appliance 

The CommVault Appliance A600 combines Simpana software with NetApp’s simple, fast, scalable E-Series Storage System to address key challenges around scalability, flexibility, and manageability. With simple configuration and management designed to meet enterprise data protection requirements, you can go from power-up to backup in less than an hour.
Replicate data from a source computer to a destination computer in near real-time by logging all file write activity to a replication log in the source computer, transferring it to the destination computer, and replaying it, thus ensuring that the destination remains a nearly real-time replica of the source.

Disaster Recovery

The potential impact of application outages and data loss can be staggering. That is why disaster recovery is among the most vital of operations for every enterprise that requires the agility and availability to handle unplanned outages caused by anything from intrusions to unforeseen natural events. Simpana software dramatically simplifies business continuity and disaster recovery operations with an integrated, flexible, and efficient platform that improves business resiliency while reducing costs and the risks of data loss.

Cloud Services

The Software Store is an online store available in the Cloud Services site where you can download the software installer, service packs, hot fixes, reports, limited distribution tools, and workflows. In addition, several Simpana software tools are hosted on our cloud site.

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