#124 – Initial Thoughts on Commvault Metallic with Chris Mellor

#124 – Initial Thoughts on Commvault Metallic with Chris Mellor

Chris EvansData Management, Data Protection, Guest Speakers

This episode was recorded “live” at Commvault GO in Aurora, Colorado, close to Denver airport. Chris Evans and Chris Mellor discuss the announcement of Metallic, a new SaaS data protection solution from Commvault targeted at mid-market customers.

Metallic has been advertised as a Commvault “venture”, establishing a separate brand and website for the platform. Initially, Metallic will support Office 365, endpoint, file and on-premises virtual machine data protection. Prospective customers can choose to keep data for on-premises backups onsite as well as creating a copy in the public cloud.

Chris & Chris talk through what it means to establish a separate brand, comparing the recent DDN acquisitions and how those companies are being positioned. The conversation also covers exactly how Metallic has been implemented. It’s not enough just to “lift and shift” software to the cloud. Platforms need to be engineered to be “cloud-native”. The guys also discuss what the implications are for Hyperscale, Commvault’s appliance platform that also has a mid-market focus.

Elapsed Time: 00:19:20


  • 00:00:00 – Intros
  • 00:01:20 – What is Metallic?
  • 00:02:30 – No lift and shift – but using Commvault IP
  • 00:03:30 – Is the mid market looking to move to SaaS backup?
  • 00:04:20 – Isn’t this what Hyperscale was aimed at?
  • 00:06:10 – Why can’t you “lift and shift”?
  • 00:08:24 – Metallic is a Commvault “venture”
  • 00:09:30 – Metallic is a partner sale
  • 00:11:50 – Does separate branding make sense?
  • 00:13:00 – Has any backup company become a data management company?
  • 00:15:50 – Does Commvault have to act like a hyperscaler?
  • 00:17:30 – Are vendors building silos of secondary data?
  • 00:19:00 – Wrap Up

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