Information management vendor, Veritas, has revealed the new strategy it will adopt following its separation from security vendor, Symantec.
Veritas global SI team Asia-Pacific and Japan architect, Scott Meddings, said the company will be increasing its focus into the data space, and how businesses can extract value from all available data.
“IDC and Gartner are both indicating that data will grow to 44 zettabytes by 2020. This actually means that there’s a significant challenge for our customers ahead and it will be quite difficult for them to manage," he said.
“More data doesn’t mean more value and customers need to stop hoarding data and need to factor in the cost of power, cooling and the management of license costs. So, we want to step in and help customers know which data should be backed up, which shouldn’t be, which should be archived and which should be deleted."
Meddings claimed Veritas today is a different business to what was 10 years ago as a result of new products and acquisitions, as well as an evolving company strategy. In line with the revamped outlook, the company’s announced new offerings for enterprise datacentres, as well as significant upgrades to its core portfolio of backup and information management products.
Key product updates and new releases include:
- Veritas NetBackupTM 7.7 – the latest iteration of Symantec’s enterprise-grade backup solution introduces enhanced datacentre integration for VMware vSphere 6 and Microsoft Hyper-V, as well as support for hybrid-Cloud deployments leveraging Amazon Web Services, Google Nearline others.
- Veritas InfoScale – it addresses enterprise business continuity needs for complex, multi-tiered applications in physical and virtual environments. InfoScale solutions provide application availability and software-defined storage that aim to meet datacentre challenges such as operational complexity, tool proliferation, unpredictable service levels and lack of agility through a single, Web-based management interface.
- Veritas Resiliency Platform – this new solution offers a unified, global approach for IT service continuity, ensuring critical data and applications remain accessible at all times across complex, multi-vendor physical and virtual environments. It also helps customers ensure critical business applications consistently meet stringent Service Level Agreements.
- Veritas Data Insight 5.0 – this solution aims to extend unstructured data analytics to support governance across on-premises storage platforms and Box Cloud storage. Through enhanced access control tracking and entitlements orchestration, Data Insight will help ensure file share security. This solution will be made available in Q4.
- Veritas Information Map – this new Cloud application built on the Information Fabric technology will enable companies to gain better visibility into their unstructured data. Information Map will glean metadata from Veritas NetBackup, store it in the Cloud and present this data in a user-friendly, visual navigation tool that helps identify areas of risk, areas of value and areas of waste across a customer’s primary content repositories. This solution will be made available in Q4 as well.
According to Meddings, these solutions present opportunities for the channel as they open up avenues for the channel to expand on their offerings and customer base.
“Traditional infrastructure-centric approaches alone no longer work. They can go to customers and talk about our new strategy and where these products can help them. When you’re in the Cloud, the only way you can reduce costs is to store and manage that data,” he stated.
Meddings also indicated banking verticals and medical verticals would benefit the most from these new solutions, especially from a compliance point of view.
“It will be very useful for them in dealing with the explosion of unstructured data. Getting an understanding of what that data is and their infrastructure and where they can store it will be useful.” An operational separation of Veritas and Symantec is currently scheduled for October 2015, with the complete separation on track by January 2016.
“In the next few months, there will be significant changes. We’ll be operating as our own standalone company and even though we’ll be smaller, we’ll be faster, more nimble, and innovating much more than we have been before,” he added.