CommVault merges Asian region into EMEA – four months after SaaS launch

Won't say why world's fastest-growing region doesn't deserve its own management nor detail impact on customers


Data management and protection software vendor CommVault has merged its Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) region into its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operations.

The change comes just four months after the October 2021 launch of the company's flagship SaaS product – called Metallic – into Asia.

The Register learned of APJ region's demise and asked the vendor why it made the change, what benefits it will bring, whether redundancies will result and if service to customers will change.

The company responded as follows:

We are merging our APJ and EMEA regions to create a two-region global structure comprised of the Americas and the newly formed International region – under the leadership of Marco Fanizzi, in partnership with Rachel Ler. We operate in a competitive industry and this approach will extend our success and drive growth faster in all markets. We are entirely focused on supporting our customers and will continue to deliver world class support to all of our customers everywhere in the world.

Fanizzi is CommVault's VP of sales and general manager for EMEA. Rachel Ler's title, according to her LinkedIn profile at the time of writing, is vice president and general manager for the Asia Pacific region.

That response does not explain why the change was needed and does not address whether customers will experience any changes.

The assertion that not operating an APJ region will drive faster growth was also not explained, which The Register points out as the overwhelming majority of vendors we track go out of their way to create a substantial Asian presence that provides customers and channel partners with resources that understand local business culture and literally speaks local languages, in recognition that Asia is the fastest-growing and most populous region in the world.

Some vendors, however, prefer to develop and execute those strategies on a nation-by-nation basis, rather than relying on a regional bureaucracy.

In late January CommVault reported decent growth, zero debt, and an increase in costs of six per cent year over year, but did not foreshadow the demise of the APJ region.

Last week CommVault acquired an Israeli security outfit named TrapX and promised to integrate it into Metallic to improve its ransomware-fighting capabilities. ®


Other stories you might like

  • Experts: AI should be recognized as inventors in patent law
    Plus: Police release deepfake of murdered teen in cold case, and more

    In-brief Governments around the world should pass intellectual property laws that grant rights to AI systems, two academics at the University of New South Wales in Australia argued.

    Alexandra George, and Toby Walsh, professors of law and AI, respectively, believe failing to recognize machines as inventors could have long-lasting impacts on economies and societies. 

    "If courts and governments decide that AI-made inventions cannot be patented, the implications could be huge," they wrote in a comment article published in Nature. "Funders and businesses would be less incentivized to pursue useful research using AI inventors when a return on their investment could be limited. Society could miss out on the development of worthwhile and life-saving inventions."

    Continue reading
  • Declassified and released: More secret files on US govt's emergency doomsday powers
    Nuke incoming? Quick break out the plans for rationing, censorship, property seizures, and more

    More papers describing the orders and messages the US President can issue in the event of apocalyptic crises, such as a devastating nuclear attack, have been declassified and released for all to see.

    These government files are part of a larger collection of records that discuss the nature, reach, and use of secret Presidential Emergency Action Documents: these are executive orders, announcements, and statements to Congress that are all ready to sign and send out as soon as a doomsday scenario occurs. PEADs are supposed to give America's commander-in-chief immediate extraordinary powers to overcome extraordinary events.

    PEADs have never been declassified or revealed before. They remain hush-hush, and their exact details are not publicly known.

    Continue reading
  • Stolen university credentials up for sale by Russian crooks, FBI warns
    Forget dark-web souks, thousands of these are already being traded on public bazaars

    Russian crooks are selling network credentials and virtual private network access for a "multitude" of US universities and colleges on criminal marketplaces, according to the FBI.

    According to a warning issued on Thursday, these stolen credentials sell for thousands of dollars on both dark web and public internet forums, and could lead to subsequent cyberattacks against individual employees or the schools themselves.

    "The exposure of usernames and passwords can lead to brute force credential stuffing computer network attacks, whereby attackers attempt logins across various internet sites or exploit them for subsequent cyber attacks as criminal actors take advantage of users recycling the same credentials across multiple accounts, internet sites, and services," the Feds' alert [PDF] said.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022