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Veritas highlights Symantec separation with new products

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Paul Simos, head of Veritas Pacific Paul Simos, head of Veritas Pacific

Still in the process of spinning off from Symantec, Veritas has announced a range of new products intended to firmly indicate its path as a specialist information management vendor.

The new products were heralded by Veritas head of worldwide sales Brett Shirk in an interview with iTWire in May. Now the first of them are here. The most important of them is a new version (7.7) of Veritas NetBackup, the company’s “enterprise-class data protection solution.”

The new version has enhanced capabilities that allow cloud, hybrid cloud and in-house storage to be equally protected. It “greatly expands the effectiveness of backup and recovery operations that utilise cloud storage services, adding support for new cloud providers and increasing performance by up to thirty times,” says the release announcement.

It provides interoperability with backups for cloud storage services such as those offered by Amazon Web Services, Google, Hitachi Data Systems, Verizon, and Cloudian, and integrates with virtualisation products from VMware, Microsoft and NetApp.

“Today many enterprises are adding cloud storage to their menu of backup storage choices,” says Paul Simos, local managing director for Veritas. “NetBackup 7.7 is designed to exploit these storage alternatives in a much more optimal way, enabling IT organisations to easily incorporate cloud storage into their backup strategy.

“Our customers find themselves at the crossroads of an information explosion and a fundamental shift in the way infrastructure is delivered,” said Simos. “To make sense of tremendous volumes of data, we know that traditional infrastructure-centric approaches alone no longer work. These new offerings will help our customers realise information availability while gathering the insight critical to supporting their business goals.”

Other products announced by Veritas:

  • Veritas InfoScale: “Addresses enterprise business continuity needs for complex, multi-tiered applications in physical and virtual environments. Provides application availability and software-defined storage to meet data centre challenges such as operational complexity, tool proliferation, unpredictable service levels and lack of agility through a single, web-based management interface.”
  • Veritas Resiliency Platform: “Offers a unified approach for IT service continuity, helping to ensure critical data and applications remain accessible at all times across complex, multi-vendor physical and virtual environments.”
  • Veritas Data Insight 5.0: “Extends 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 by applying a user-centric lens to data forensics.”
  • Veritas Information Map: “The first cloud application built on the Information Fabric technology, which enables companies to gain better visibility into their unstructured data. Information Map gleans metadata from Veritas NetBackup, stores it in the cloud and present this data in a visual navigation tool that helps identify areas of risk, areas of value and areas of waste across a customer’s primary content repositories.”

The operational separation of Veritas and Symantec is currently scheduled for October 2015, with the complete separation on track by January 2016. They have said the prime reason for the split is so the two companies could better focus on what they do best, rather than for financial reasons.

Simos says the separation is proceeding on plan in Australia and New Zealand, with discussions currently underway on how to split the companies’ large Sydney HQ offices, which take up six floors of a building in Kent St overlooking the new Barangaroo development.

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