Coolspirit and The University of Aberdeen’s choose Commvault Simpana

Coolspirit a cloud reseller and The University of Aberdeen have deployed Simpana data management infrastructure, from Commvault to ensure that the ever growing amounts of data can be managed and shared more efficiently, to wider audiences, while reducing risk through enhanced compliance preparedness.

Coolspirit and Glen Douglas, who leads the  Server Operations Team at the  University, researched the market and carried out a full tender for a replacement for it’s incumbent solution from IBM. The IBM system was described by Glen as being complex to learn, difficult to maintain and was becoming increasingly unreliable as data levels increased. The system was so complex only one member of staff had the required knowledge to use it. This created a single point of failure for the University and meant it relied on costly external support.

With data increasing 40% year on year the IBM system was not able to handle the expected volumes. The move to the Commvault Simpana software platform has centralised the backup into one single data management platform to provide wide-ranging enterprise data protection functionality and replacing the legacy estate was more cost effectively than upgrading the solution they had to the same requirements.

With the previous solution, backing up took up to 40 hours a week but with Commvault the whole system can be backed up in five hours. In addition, multiple team members have been trained to use the system, removing the pitfalls of a single point of failure.