Getting the most from your investment in CommVault is key as you data store grows and changes over time. Like all good vendors, CommVault is adding new functionality but also providing new ways in which you can purchase their product.
This article walks you through the various license models and provides an outline of some of the newer features which might be very appropriate for your next expansion requirement.
Back in the year 2000 when CommVault entered the Australian marketplace, it had a licensing scheme similar to many other backup products, where features purchased matched each environment’s components.
Traditional licensing, since it was the only option, was how all clients purchased CommVault. This licensing scheme is very much still in use by clients around Australia.
CLA Meter Example
Capacity Based Licensing was introduced around 2010 with version 8, and this dramatically simplified the way in which licenses were consumed. Instead of being tied to a specific feature set, sites were licensed by the number of TBs that they protected at the “front end”. This is equivalent to measuring the size of a single full backup of all important data and basing the licensing on that volume. The CLA scheme became very popular because it meant any change to the environment, eg moving from Novell to Microsoft, didn’t mean that you had to purchase new features.
Importantly the CLA scheme allowed as many “back end TBs” of data to be retained, without regard for retention period or multi-site copies. Organisations were then able to create DR copies of their backups for no extra licensing and significantly if not completely reduce the need for tape in their data protection scheme.
The CLA “front end” TBs were measured in a few ways:
From a price perspective, DPE was the most expensive, then DPA, and DPF at the low end.
We have gradually seen an injection of many features that were previously in DPE now into DPA and this has become the new standard.
Most new clients purchase all or some DPA today.
The CLA has additional TB counters for archival workloads. 40-60% of many organisations’ total data is aged and less important and certainly less accessed. Archive provides for a way of easily implementing sound data management policies, and thereby reducing backup windows.
A new feature set launched in late 2014 meant that certain CommVault features are now very affordable. One popular example is Hypervisor based backups, which are becoming an industry standard, and in acknowledgement CommVault have released simplified licensing at the price point of its much less mature competitors.
Available as standalone or in addition to a CLA, the Cloud Simpana “cSim” licensing can be purchased in packs of 10 VMs or by hypervisor processor socket (similar to VMware licensing). When purchased by processor socket it allows for unlimited VMs to be protected on the licensed ESX or Hyper-V hosts. This is ideal for many organisations as it makes it easy to accommodate for growth: add another ESX or Hyper-V host? Don’t forget to get backup licensing for it!
VMs protected under cSIM licensing do not consume the CLA TB-based licensing, and cSIM licensing also provides dedupe functionality, tape support, media agents, DR copies, and so on. This is great value for new and existing customers alike. New customers receive all basic licensing required to run a Simpana environment with dedupe, tape and VM backup functionality, while existing CLA customers free up significant amounts of backup license utilisation allowing for growth in application level backups.
CommVault have a range of offerings in this new solution bundle category that work as an adjunct to CLA licensing (it is important to note these do not intermix with traditional feature licensing and they do require version 10 of CommVault). The areas covered by the solution bundles include:
Intellisnap only protection
So the next time you need license capacity upgrades there are some questions to ask:
Not easy, but Perfekt can help with these conversations and navigate through the options.
Start by sending us a License Summary Report with the Capacity Usage option checked. Email the HTML report to us.