The new functionality adds a task-based capability to Komprise’s long-term use cases, and since it uses the same engine as those cases, the company is not charging extra for it.
Intelligent data management provider Komprise has announced General Availability of the 2.7 version of their solution. While to date Komprise’s functionality has focused on solving long-term data and archiving issues, they have now added an important task-based capability with the ability to do NAS migrations. There will be no extra cost to customers for this new feature.
“When we launched in 2016, we focused on long-term transfer and archiving,” said Krishna Subramanian, Komprise’s President and COO. “We focused on making these simple by analyzing data, in order to find cold data and move it by policy. Migration – if done correctly – should not be a long-term use case. It is task-based. So it wasn’t something that we focused on right away.”
Subramanian said that changed because of requests from customers, which moved up the timeframe in which they had originally planned to add data migration.
“Customers want to expand the different ways they use Komprise, so we are adding more capabilities to the product,” she said. “Last year, customers asked us for copy and DR capabilities as well, so they didn’t have to keep a mirror of their primary storage. So we added analytics and copy/DR functionality in 2017. Now they are telling us that while they are using Komprise for long term things, they would also like to use it to do things like migration, that they only do every three to five years.”
Subramanian said that customers have had options to handle the NAS migrations that are part and parcel of the storage management lifecycle, but that none of them are good.
“There are free tools out there, but they are very labour-intensive,” she said. “You get what you pay for. At the other end, traditional migration tools which are not free are expensive. They are also hard to use, and are overkill if you just want to do one thing, because they will have no value for the next 3-5 years, until the next migration.”
Subramanian said that Komprise is able to provide the data migration capability for free because it doesn’t involve extra costs on their end.
“It is the same architecture, and the core engine is the same,” she said. “We didn’t do this before, only because it was a task-based use case. So there’s no reason we would have to add an extra cost for this. We don’t like to nickle and dime our customers as a rule, so this will be included within the core price.”
Subramanian said that customers can expect to see additional capabilities added this year.
“Organizations have been very reactive with data growth, where they are just trying to manage costs and make it all work,” she indicated. “But keeping the data provides the ability to use it to add extra value. That’s where we are heading, to provide more ways to allow them to do that. In the same way that we added deep analytics last year, we will be adding more capabilities to allow customers to extra more value from all the data that they have.”
Subramanian said the new functionality further enhances Komprise’s momentum, which has continued to increase over the last quarter.
“The company is posting record growth, and we just hired a Senior VP of Worldwide Sales,” she said.
Komprise Intelligent Data Management 2.7 is available now.