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Cain says Veritas is in fine fettle as able Symantec preps for split

Foundational and next-gen products for the data deluge

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Selloff: Veritas is bracing itself to go it alone

Data storage biz Veritas has announced five product releases and updates, and set out its product strategy as an independent operation during and after its separation from Symantec.

Symantec EVP and chief product officer Matt Cain divided the products destined for Veritas into foundational and next-generation categories, with the foundational products in four lines of business:

  • Backup and recovery software (NetBackup and Backup Exec)
  • Appliances
  • Information availability
  • Information intelligence – archiving, e-discovery, etc.

Where does Veritas go from here?

The strategy

Cain said Veritas's strategy starts from the recognition that enterprises face a data deluge. He says they will have to manage a tenfold increase in data over the next five years. Customers can't just get bigger and faster storage arrays to cope. Veritas will focus on information management software that works across heterogeneous storage hardware and software and hypervisor environments.

Enterprises are moving to hybrid cloud infrastructures as they try to balance public cloud cost-effectiveness with the security and performance on on-premises IT, and Veritas wants to help with this transition.

Its core products are being joined by next-generation ones that will combat data fragmentation; having data in many different repositories with different management facilities. They will also provide an ability for organisations to gain insight from the data they store – and, Cain points out, Veritas products touch a great deal of the information that's stored and have metadata about it.

Cain expects $125bn to be spent on Big Data this year and says a McKinsey analysis suggests there will be a shortage of 250,000 data scientists in 2018. It has to be easier to access and analyse the growing mass of stored data. He says that only about 1.5 per cent of a business's stored data has real value and the issue is how to find it.

He asserts the vast majority if it exists in general IT metadata, saying: "We already touch that information [and] we've become world class at cataloguing it."

The idea is to pool an organisation's different data stores together and unlock their value.

There should be one pane of management glass across the multiple silos and the provision of both information availability and information insight to customers. Veritas will invest in both, said Cain: "No-one can claim more heterogeneous support than we can [and] we're already working at enterprise scale."

"Customers," he declares, "have validated our strategy. This is not just a vision. We'll be delivering products. Information Map is the first one."

The products

The product updates and new releases are:

  • Foundational products
    • NetBackup up v7.7 adding enhanced VMware vSphere 6 and Hyper-V integration and support for hybrid-clouds using Amazon Web Services, Google Nearline and others
    • The InfoScale portfolio incorporates technologies underlying the Storage Foundation High Availability family to provide application availability and software-defined storage
    • Data Insight 5.0 extends unstructured data analytics to support governance across on-premises storage platforms and Box cloud storage, with the ability to monitor anomalous user activity and behaviour
  • Next-generation products
    • Information Map will glean metadata from NetBackup, store it in the cloud and present it through a visual navigation tool to identify areas of risk, value and waste across a customer’s primary content repositories (ones backed up by NetBackup)
    • The Resiliency Platform provides IT service continuity across multi-vendor physical and virtual environments

NetBackup 7.7 is up to thirty times faster than previous versions with its cloud performance.

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