Hammer said Simpana will eventually allow users to perform electronic discovery requests and move data sets into repositories where deeper analytics can be applied to them, he said. "If I'm a global company and have 1,000 different sites, I want to be able to perform a search [for data] virtually.
"This is a very sophisticated file system, and development still needs to be done to create a global name space dynamically and at scale over and above what Hadoop does today," Hammer said. "CommVault's going to be a very different company five years from now."
More immediately, CommVault plans to allow customers to automate the restoration of virtual machines for disaster recovery or business continuity. If, for example, a primary site goes down, the Simpana software will first rebuilt virtual machines on servers and then restore the data and applications associated with those servers, Hammer said.
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