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Q&A: The time is now for Big Data

Zafar Anjum | July 1, 2013
Rick Theiler, Vice President, Asia Pacific, CommVault Systems, elaborates on Big Data trends in Singapore and the region.

Singapore is increasingly being viewed as an off-shore data centre hub for the region. Recent natural disasters in Thailand, Japan and Australia/New Zealand mean that enterprises are looking to move primary/production data environments to Singapore, creating massive opportunities for CommVault, and making Singapore a very logical location.

CommVault is also acutely focused on working with the growing MSP sector, and APAC has one of the largest market opportunities in that space anywhere in the world. There are a lot of developments in our most recent version of the Simpana data management platform, specifically to support this sector, and a majority of our cloud solution capability has been developed by individuals based in this region. We are making further investments in that team in Singapore.

Perhaps above all, we have been and will continue to invest in workforce and infrastructure based in Singapore as it is a great environment for business to thrive, with a diverse and well educated community.   

How is CommVault helping CIOs in Singapore and in other parts of the APAC region?

CIOs are under increasing pressure to deliver more with less. With IT infrastructure becoming more complex, and corporate data growing rapidly, CIOs are under pressure to not only 'store' vast quantities of content, but also manage it in such a way that it is easily accessible, and protected. In solving these strategic problems, CIOs have an opportunity to lay the foundation for a massively scalable modern information infrastructure that will help the enterprise protect and manage more information more efficiently. As well as that we are also able to deliver game-changing insights and intelligence on all data stored across the organisation.

CommVault is helping CIOs do this by creating a platform that securely and efficiently stores all business data in a single, virtual repository - called ContentStore -- and makes this rich content resource available to authorised users, across any mobile device that individual may need to use.

A single platform converges and collects all snapshot, backup and archive data while the same policy management interface eliminates unnecessary copies of data within the ContentStore. Whether data copies are used for disaster recovery or archived for regulatory compliance, information within the ContentStore is secure, deduplicated and application aware for when the organisation needs the CIO and his IT team to get it.

What are your company's plans in the next 2-3 years?

CommVault is an exciting place to be at this point in time. Our excellent fourth quarter results were highlighted by record revenues, non-GAAP EBIT and operating cash flows. Compared to last year, CommVault experienced 23 percent growth in software revenue and that is largely due to record software enterprise deals, where the transactions are worth more than US$100,000. 


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