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Lock up yer cargo: Commvault wants to be your container bouncer

Full-state containers covered by the end of the year

Data-protection slinger Commvault has plans to deliver stateful container protection by the end of the year.

Although we understood Commvault had an intent to protect containerised servers we didn't know there was a plan to to so. There is.

Chief communications officer Bill Wohl said: "We are working to support containers such as Docker."

But this does not mean a Commvault agent inside containers: "The plan is to work with the Container provider (similar to how we work with the hypervisor for virtualization) and discover and protect containers at the container level. No agents go inside."

He points to a difference between containers and virtual machines, saying: "In our point of view, containers are not really servers; in fact, most container's lifecycles last only minutes today."

Where containers cease being stateless then they can need protecting: "Because a container is just a basic operating environment for allowing speedy development with out the need of an OS, etc, it is very agile from the coding process for the new age of creating apps. This means that really, only a full state container mapped to a point in time is required by customers when they want to protect these new data types."

The timing is to enter this product area before the end of the year: "Our plan is to have something later this year (fall/winter time frame).​ ... we are committed to have our capabilities available to work with data wherever it is stored, consumed, moved... and we see our ability to do so across the widest range of cloud environments, storage platforms, hypervisors, etc. as a strong competitive advantage over both larger and smaller competitors."

Are you listening data protection suppliers – Acronis, Actifio, Assigra, Backup Exec .... NetBackup ... Spectrum Protect-to-Veeam guys? Containerisation is spreading and, as stateful containers enter production use, they and their data contents will need pretty much the same range of data protection facilities as virtual machines. ®

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