FAQ's

What is the Metallic product architecture?

Metallic software runs on a pre-built platform, with core code deployed in the cloud. An active SaaS layer and APIs manage functions including billing, metrics, and identity management. Built on top of Commvault’s industry-leading technology, Metallic’s flexible product architecture offers unmatched flexibility and scale.

How fast can customers be up and running?

Generally, you can be up and running in a little as 15 minutes. However, with data ready and waiting to be backed up, we've had new users configure and run their first backup in under 7 minutes.

What can customers backup? What environments are supported?

At launch, Metallic has solutions to protect servers and VMs on-prem and in the cloud, Microsoft Office 365 and endpoints.

Supported data sources include:

  • Metallic™ Core Backup & Recovery:
    • VMWare VMs, Windows and Linux file systems and MS SQL databases
  • Metallic™ Office 365 Backup & Recovery:
    • Office 365 data (Exchange, OneDrive, and SharePoint)
  • Metallic™ Endpoint Backup & Recovery:
    • Laptops and Desktops: Windows, Linux and Mac

Where can I store my data?

You can get up and running quickly on Metallic storage (in Azure), or you can leverage your own Azure or AWS cloud storage. In addition, with Metallic Core Backup & Recovery, you can leverage your own on-premises storage for speedy recovery.

Is Metallic secure?

Yes. Metallic offers the same security technology that Commvault has developed over 20 years: supporting secure outbound connections from your networks, encrypting all data and metadata traversed across networks, encrypting data at rest, and securing access controls to ensure only authorized users have access to data.

How many people does it take to manage Metallic?

Metallic can be managed by a single person using a fraction of the time other products require, by leveraging our ready-to-use SaaS backup and recovery infrastructure and services, deploying backup using our built-in best practices guidance, and using the Metallic™ Hub for a simplified operations experience.

Additional administrators (such as database or helpdesk administrators) can be added and access can be granted to others in your organizations, to further reduce operational overheads.

How is customer support offered?

Metallic offerings are covered by Commvault’s best-in-class remote support team, which can be contacted directly through the Metallic™ Hub via chat or email. Self-service portal support is available 24/7 and live agents are available 9 a.m. ET - 6 p.m. ET.

What are reporting capabilities within the product?

The Metallic Hub provides quick access to key information such as: product and storage usage, running jobs and related information, current data being backed up, throughput speeds, and detailed reporting on backup and recovery jobs.

Can Metallic protect me from a ransomware attack?

When a company is hit with ransomware, Metallic SaaS helps safeguard your backup copies, and prevent the spread of an attack, and allows you to recover lost data fast.

How? First, Metallic provides a backup method and storage locations that are highly resistant to ransomware attacks since they are offsite and store the data in a format inaccessible by typical ransomware. In addition, our anomaly detection capabilities can warn you that something is amiss and will automatically prevent backup data from being aged off. Lastly, granular recovery capabilities and global index let you find and restore what you need as quickly as possible.

How is Metallic related to Commvault?

Metallic is a Commvault venture, a division of the company dedicated to providing next generation software-as-a-service data protection. Metallic delivers Commvault’s core technology simply through the cloud, and has its own strategy, engineering, product, and sales & marketing teams for fast and agile execution.

What makes Metallic different from other backup and recovery solutions?

Power, performance, flexibility.

Metallic offers 20 years of Commvault’s industry-leading technology, delivered as a simple SaaS solution. We uniquely provide breadth of offerings, together with depth of capabilities for performance, speed, security, and granular recovery. We offer proven scale and flexibility others don’t, including the option to bring your own storage.

What is SaaS?

SaaS means software delivered as a service. Rather than operating as software installed and run out of a customer's hardware or data center, Metallic SaaS provides the backup and recovery software in the cloud. Our customers log in online to access and manage the backup service, and to perform restores. Setup is hassle-free and maintenance and upgrades are handled automatically.

What do you mean by SaaS Plus?

For Metallic™ Core Backup & Recovery, SaaS Plus is how we have architected our SaaS solution: a backup service run in the cloud, that still gives you the flexibility to choose your own storage. You may choose to bring your own AWS or Azure storage; or, keep a copy within an on-premises server for the fastest recovery option. Whereas other SaaS solutions lock you into a single storage option, Metallic provides choice.

How can I buy Metallic?

At launch, Metallic offerings are available in the US only, with plans to roll out globally over time. If you'd like to try Metallic solutions before you buy, just sign up for a trial. During the trial sign-up you can indicate any preferred partner. If you don't have one, one of our launch partners will reach out to during the course of the trial to see if you would like to buy.

No trial? No problem. You can work with one of the partners listed on the metallic.io homepage to buy right away.

How much does it cost?

Metallic SaaS backup and recovery solutions are offered as annual or monthly subscriptions. The Metallic Core VM and Server backup is priced based on capacity and starts at $200 per TB per month with no minimum commitment. With an annual commit, pricing starts at $180 per TB per month. Then there are further discounts available based on committing to a specific volume with one of our annual plans. Metallic Office 365 Backup starts at $4 per user per month, and Metallic Endpoint Backup starts at $9.25 per user per month, with volume discounts available.

Which partners sell Metallic?

Our initial distributors are Arrow and Ingram Micro; and the initial resellers are Sirius, CDW, and Insight. We will be adding more partners over time. If you are interested in becoming a partner, you can visit the 'Become a Partner' page on metallic.io and fill out the inquiry form, or email partners@metallic.io.

Who is the Metallic team?

Metallic was born from the minds of Commvault. Our team includes some of the finest Commvault originals - industry veterans who have created the platform's early code, and who have seen it all when it comes to backup and recovery. They are joined by leaders who are new to the family, having helped shape world-class SaaS experiences for other B2B offerings—from marketing technology, to human resource services, to collaboration platforms.

Metallic operates as a division of Commvault, and together, we’re thrilled to bring you Metallic: powerful, enterprise-grade backup and recovery technology with simple SaaS delivery.