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Issue Date: October 2008

McAfee and CommVault form strategic alliance to deliver integrated data and security management solution

30 October 2008

McAfee and CommVault have announced a strategic partnership to deliver an integrated data and security management solution built on the two companies' respective data management, backup and security expertise.
The agreement will provide customers worldwide with easy access to jointly integrated data and security management technology solutions from both McAfee and CommVault. The joint application integrates McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) software, McAfee's security risk management platform with an open architecture, 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. 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," said Lauren Whitehouse, analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group.
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 realtime 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 enables mutual customers to monitor corporate data for increased security and compliance with simplified policy management. The integration allows customers who use McAfee ePO software to report on storage-centric conditions, such as backup status, including status of the last backup job on managed ePO assets. In addition, it allows customers to better adhere to strict regulatory requirements and to protect against data leakage. Other items monitored and reported by CommVault to ePO software include changes in policies regarding the protection of a client node, and changes to compliance status or encryption settings.
"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 a fully 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 integrate security with data backup. The integrated solution will not only help reduce the complexity in customers' IT environments but also improve protection, compliance, and lower the total cost of ownership (TCO).
Availability:
The integrated McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator and CommVault Simpana software solution is expected to be available in early 2009.


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