Wednesday, 14 September 2016 08:20

Veritas Vision 2016 – opening salvo

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Veritas chief marketing officer Lynn Lucas pulled no punches at the opening of Veritas Vision, 2016. She pointed the 1600 delegates and hundreds of live stream participants to a full-page advertisement in today’s Wall Street Journal.

Veritas EMCShe reminded customers and partners that the event in Las Vegas this week is the first independent Vision conference in more than a decade. “In 2005, at the last independent conference, YouTube had just been launched. MySpace was still vying to be a major social media player. Businesses were just beginning their digital transformation. Now, we are independent again. We have a new leadership team but one thing hasn't changed: our bold, independent spirit."

She said, "Our core values — a technology-agnostic approach, the idea that software drives the value in your data and that information is more important that infrastructure — are very much alive and well. Not everyone in our industry shares that philosophy. Some would rather just sell you hardware."

Veritas chief executive Bill Coleman announced that it is building an enterprise data management platform which will be technology and hardware agnostic. He ended his speech by thanking partners for sticking with Veritas. "We're back."

Coleman said that the future is about moving beyond information management to a platform that can help customers exploit the information for business value. The platform has three characteristics.

"The first is software-defined storage to free customers from having to depend on the other large guys. The other part of that is to give them visibility and access to all their data no matter where it is.

"The second is policy and workflow. And that is to give them the control, management and automation of all their information throughout their life cycle, no matter where it is.

"The third is a metadata repository for all their information, and the programming environment that would open APIs that would allow third parties to access that metadata, maybe even anonymized, in conjunction with any other data a customer wants to exploit to do things like predictive analytics and machine learning."

Veritas unveiled some major changes to its existing offerings.

The first is an expansion of the cloud capabilities of Veritas NetBackup, the company's flagship data protection software solution. Veritas NetBackup, which currently supports customers using Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud environments, will shortly have new connectors to Microsoft Azure and OpenStack cloud environments.

Veritas has gone open source with the introduction of Veritas HyperScale for OpenStack, a software-defined storage offering that will help customers deploy online transaction and other tier-one and tier-two applications to OpenStack environments. Veritas HyperScale for OpenStack will include policy-based workload deployment, off-loading of data backups and snapshots from compute resources, and live workload migrations in case of storage and network failures, the company said.

Veritas Access provides access to data where it resides, including on-premise or in AWS or OpenStack clouds. It runs on any commodity x86 server hardware, provides policy-based data migration to ensure customers' data automatically moves to the right media depending on access and cost of the storage.

Veritas NetBackup is also being enhanced with Veritas Resiliency Platform 2.1, which can orchestrate the complex recovery of thousands of virtual machines with a single click, including in multiplatform and multivendor hybrid cloud environments.

The company is also integrating Veritas Information Map with NetBackup as a way to provide visibility into a business' unstructured data and assign the proper data recovery policies.

The enhancements will be rolled out to customers and partners over the next few quarters.

As part of its move to embrace open-source cloud development, Veritas said its partnership with Red Hat would be expanded to offer predictable quality of service to OpenStack applications and workloads regardless of scale. The goal is to ensure that data protection in OpenStack environments is done without affecting production environments.

Ana Pinczuk, chief product officer at Veritas, referenced research by Gartner which predicted that by 2020, IoT is expected to generate over 54 billion GB of data annually, as she announced that the vendor's cloud data management platform will now support OpenStack and Microsoft Azure.

Other announcements today included the introduction of usage-based licensing for the vendor's NetBackup solution, meaning customers can now "pay-as-you-go."

Pinczuk also introduced Veritas Access, which is a scale-up, network attached storage solution. The new product is designed to allow access to all data on premise and off premise, on public or private clouds. 

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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