Veritas opens in Dubai

Storage management software company Veritas takes a permanent stake in the Middle East market with the announcement of an Dubai Internet City office

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By  Mark Sutton Published  September 6, 2000

Storage software management company Veritas announced the opening of it’s Middle East office. The office, which will be located in Dubai’s Internet City, will house the first permanent presence for the world’s fourth largest software company. Veritas has previously operated with local partners and OEMs to bring its enterprise storage management to the region.

“We have been operating in the Middle East for the past three years through our local partners, Mindware and STME,” said David Beck, regional manager Middle East and North Africa. “The region has grown to the point where a direct presence with support for our customers and partners will make the difference in growing the market here.”

The Veritas range has more commonly been shipped with Sun storage systems, and the two companies have a long-established relationship, although Veritas is keen to point out that it’s solutions are multi-platform and multi-application.

More data needs more intelligent storage

The increase in size of systems and the mission critical nature of ebusiness data means that companies must now focus on more intelligent management of data, according to Beck, who said that simple tape backup of individual machines was no longer an option. “The IDC estimates that data has grown by 200%,” he said, “but available staff has only increased by 5% - systems are getting too big to just add extra staff to handle backup. But if you put a Storage Area Network in place then all that backup can be handle automatically.”

Beck also pointed out that more intelligent storage systems could not only free up server space and make backup more efficient, but it could also speed up operations, improve availability and reduce downtime. He claimed that Oracle databases could be speeded up 200% by reduction of duplicated data. Downtime can be cut through more efficient start up processes, which reduce reboot after a service interruption.

The company will be promoting its products at Gitex in October and through a roadshow that will take in Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Cairo, Bahrain, Riyad and Dubai from September to October.

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