N. Robert Hammer, President, Chairman & CEO
Taking the center stage at the recently held Commvault GO 2017 conference at the National Harbor near Washington, D.C., N. Robert Hammer, CEO of Commvault was quick to bring audience's attention towards the growing security concerns among organizations, particularly healthcare institutes.
“The customers of the data management and protection companies are ‘rethinking their approach for building and operating IT’,” he starts. “Traditional approaches are just not working. The cloud has changed everything. It has changed our thinking to everything-as-a-service, and has added a massive amount of complexity with multiple clouds and new SaaS related data silos. Companies are finding ways to become more resilient and recover from cyberattacks to become more compliant with new regulations such as GDPR, build better data foundation to facilitate business and data analytics.” The CEO elucidates how the IT world is shifting drastically from an infrastructure-centric business model to a data-centric model, powered by cloud technologies.
Secure and Scalable Infrastructure
As cyberattacks become a certainty, changing the scenario from if to when, it's just a matter of minutes before the situation may lead to complete failure of a business. In such a scenario, meeting data compliance as well as governance mandates have become a high priority for businesses. This is where Commvault has built their specialization, helping healthcare organizations worldwide to handle massive volumes of data, meet compliance requirements, and deliver quality patient care. Through their integrated Commvault Data Platform, the company provides healthcare organizations with enterprise level data protection, enabling them to scale their infrastructure easily and cost-effectively while maintaining security and privacy of the patient information.
Commvault Data Platform enables users to get value from data by enhancing its indexing, making it more searchable and discoverable. “We don’t just say powerful simplicity, we design and deliver it,” Adds Hammer and the embodiment of this is the company’s recently released Commvault Hyperscale Software, which Hammer calls, “The right product, at the right time, at the right place.” The software provides a unique Linux-based scale-out infrastructure that enables customers to deploy preferred off-the-shelf hardware.
In a nutshell, the fully-automated Commvault Hyperscale Software enables customers to manage massive data from remote locations, including the data center and the cloud, seamlessly.
Built on the Commvault Data platform, the solution comes in two form factors—as an integrated module and as an application for a software-defined storage solution.
Simplifying Healthcare Data Security
The fully-automated platform enables customers to manage from remote locations, and the data center to the cloud, seamlessly, from terabytes to petabytes and beyond
As data volumes continue to grow, safeguarding it has become a daunting task for the healthcare institutions. On the other hand, they are ill-equipped to recover critical information in a timely manner.
With Commvault, healthcare organizations have a data management platform that is designed to help them succeed in this era of data-driven care. With capabilities such as snapshot backup management, separate production and backup data, and seamless management of clinical data, they have the tools needed to defend against increasingly sophisticated cyberthreats. With the assistance of a single, integrated platform, organizations can break down data silos and make disparate sets of clinical data easily accessible and actionable, so they can support the advanced analytics needed to deliver more effective, personalized patient care.
Numerous challenges are triggering industry consolidation and IT budget reduction, driving healthcare organizations to implement effective and holistic data management strategies. Securing electronic health records (EHRs) and enabling enterprise image management through the Commvault Clinical Archive, the company’s healthcare customers including hospitals and care providers are delivering higher quality care at lower cost by better protecting, controlling and extracting value from their EHR, imaging, financial and other enterprise data.
Recently, Montgomery County Memorial Hospital (MCMH) in Red Oak, Iowa, successfully deployed the Commvault Data Platform to simplify data management and drive continued investment in progressive healthcare services. With Commvault, MCMH streamlined back-end processes that allowed the rural community hospital to take on a broader role as the center of population health. Classified as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH), MCMH receives federal funding to ensure the continual delivery of emergency services as the next closest hospital is more than 35 miles away. Replacing legacy IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) platform with Commvault, the hospital was able to dramatically improve the data protection performance and reliability.
“Commvault’s modern data management is a healthcare enabler, as we now can invest in new services without worrying about how to protect and preserve data,” says Terry Koppa, network administrator at MCMH.
“It’s much more than just backup; Commvault is a major component of our infrastructure that allows us to excel in every aspect of being a progressive healthcare services provider.” Commvault’s intuitive user interface, automated operation, and comprehensive reporting has streamlined data management while boosting the hospital’s ability to comply with government regulations such as CAH, HIPAA, the HITECH Act, ICD-10, Meaningful Use and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. As a result, MCMH has begun offering advanced healthcare services, inviting specialists and surgeons to travel from Omaha, Nebraska, and other big cities to perform complex procedures and surgeries at MCMH.
Moreover, Commvault provides flexible backup solutions to protect enterprise environments efficiently. The snapshot management technology, IntelliSnap, protects the enterprise environments and simplifies management, using a consistent process and user interface regardless of the application or the storage platform. The firm directly integrates deduplication functionality into their software for a flexible, scalable, and cost effective backup and recovery approach to provide granular data protection at user-defined intervals throughout the day via snapshots, along with daily deduplicated backups.
Redefining the Future
Commvault is en route to streamline and enhance technology strategy, foster new product innovation, and expand operations steadily to work toward customer issues by enhancing their services. “Our commitment to deepen our team with top talent is a testament to our vision of the future of data protection,” says Hammer. Recently, they have launched a new solution, Commvault “Endpoint Data Protection as a Service,” to simplify and streamline backup and recovery of corporate data stored on laptops, desktops and other devices in one flexible, easy-to-use software as a service (SaaS) offering. Fully managed by the firm in the cloud with 24/7 customer support, Commvault Endpoint Data Protection as a Service eliminates the need for in-house infrastructure and reduces application management resources.
The SaaS solution reduces maintenance costs, simplifies deployment, and accelerates time to value. The solution allows organizations to protect data value through encryption along with backup and recovery should a laptop be lost or stolen. It also provides self-service capabilities that enable employees to access and recover lost data and share files securely with other employees. Commvault provides the necessary software, facilities, personnel, processes, 24/7 support, reporting and oversight necessary to protect individual laptops and devices—through a single point of service.
“With Commvault Endpoint Data Protection as a Service, we round out our Endpoint portfolio to provide one of the broadest offerings in the market, enabling organizations to take a proactive and powerful step toward mitigating the risks tied to data theft and loss,” says Hammer. Commvault’s focus on data management has led to the adoption of their solutions by companies of all sizes across the industries. Striding ahead, the firm aims to further enhance their offerings to assist organizations worldwide to improve productivity.