The solution integrates McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) software, McAfee’s security risk management platform, with the award-winning CommVault Simpana software, which delivers Backup, Replication, Archive, Storage Resource Management and Search capabilities.
"Business requirements and security threats demand a blended approach to storage and security," said Lauren Whitehouse, analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "In coming together, CommVault and McAfee can provide customers with award-winning data protection capabilities that work hand in hand with industry-leading security applications for a complete, more easily deployable and cost effective data and security management solution."
As part of the partnership, CommVault has also joined the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance, McAfee’s technology partnering program, which is designed to accelerate the development of interoperable security products and simplify the integration of those products with complex customer environments. Additionally, McAfee has joined CommVault’s PartnerAdvantage program as a Strategic Partner to help expand product integration efforts, compatibility testing and further align the companies’ go-to-market strategies.
"In today’s uncertain economy and changing regulatory environment, IT directors and compliance officers need sharper and more real-time visibility into business risks," said N. Robert Hammer, president and chief executive officer, CommVault. "The integration between Simpana software and McAfee ePO software will help businesses make more informed and rapid business decisions. Our partnership with McAfee is another step in our continued efforts to deliver customers added value through strategic industry alliances. We look forward to a mutually rewarding partnership with McAfee and to exploring other synergies between our two companies."
The McAfee-CommVault solution will enable mutual customers to monitor corporate data for increased security and compliance with simplified policy management. The integration allows McAfee ePO users to report on the data protection/recovery state of end point clients to identify conditions such as the backup status. When that condition is outside the prescribed protection policy threshold it can trigger an alert notification or report to warn the ePO user. Additional integration features are expected to target expanded software distribution and data leakage profiling using the Simpana Search and eDiscovery features.
"Mitigating business risk is essential and customers are demanding a solution that addresses both their backup and security needs," said David DeWalt, CEO, McAfee. "Our partnership with CommVault builds on their data management and our security management and protection expertise, allowing us to offer an integrated data and risk management solution that is simple and cost-effective to deploy."
This partnership highlights the ongoing commitment of both companies to provide customers with powerful solutions that address both security and data backup. The solution will not only help reduce the complexity in customers’ IT environments but also improve protection, compliance and lower the Total Cost of Ownership.
The initial phase of the integrated McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator and CommVault Simpana software solution is expected to be available in 2009. For more information on integrated risk and data management solutions, visit CommVault’s booth at Focus 08.