Microsoft/Commvault to deliver SaaS and cloud technology
The agreement will see Commvault integrate its Metallic software as a service (SaaS) data protection portfolio with Microsoft Azure to deliver ultimate scale and trusted security, alongside simple SaaS management. The combination of the two technologies will help to meet the need for data protection backed by powerful scale and multi-layered security.
Metallic enhances the protection of Microsoft Office 365’s data in the event of accidental deletion, corruption and malicious attacks. In addition the SaaS solution offers a range of additional options including VMware, Microsoft SQL database backup and Endpoint protection.
“Today’s announcement combines two of the best enterprise cloud technologies to simplify and accelerate a customer’s journey to the cloud,” said Sanjay Mirchandani, President and CEO, Commvault.
“This is a new era for Commvault and our direction is clear – help our joint channel partners and customers simplify IT with enterprise-class, proven data protection solutions delivered through SaaS and protected in the cloud. The combination of Commvault and Microsoft truly brings together the most innovative data protection and cloud technologies the two companies have to offer.”
This latest agreement between Commvault and Microsoft, builds on Commvault’s long standing use of Azure capabilities. The new agreement between the two companies will begin to build a SaaS offering of Metallic Cloud Storage on Azure Blob Storage as well as other deep product integrations. As part of the agreement, Metallic will also be a featured app for SaaS protection in the Azure Marketplace for public cloud and hybrid IT customers.
“Commvault and Microsoft have always delivered trusted technologies to our joint customers, and today’s announcement 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,” added Brockway.
“It’s clear to me that Commvault and Microsoft are committed to building increasingly-integrated solutions that meet the scale and scope of my organization’s needs and requirements in a hybrid world. Their innovations have helped us address the challenges of moving almost five petabytes of data to the Azure cloud. We’ve reduced our data center footprint and storage management overhead all while protecting thousands of virtual servers, applications and projects across our institution. The agility, scalability and simple management inherent to cloud and SaaS solutions are definitely needed as the pace of data growth shows no signs of slowing,” commented Ronald Dowden, IT Unit Director for Johns Hopkins University.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.