Veritas reinforces utility computing plans

Veritas has introduced a range of products and solutions, all of which are designed to further facilitate the backup, recovery and storage processes of enterprises. More importantly, however, the vendor is delivering utility computing and compliance capabilities with its extended portfolio.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  December 1, 2003

Future plans|~||~||~|Veritas has introduced a range of products and solutions, all of which are designed to further facilitate the backup, recovery and storage processes of enterprises. More importantly, however, the vendor is delivering utility computing and compliance capabilities with its extended portfolio.

New releases of NetBackup and Backup Exec software form the cornerstone of the vendor's expanded range, while Data Lifecycle Manager 5.0, CommandCentral Service 3.5 and a Desktop & Laptop Option introduce the compliance and utility computing capabilities that are fundamental to Veritas' future plans.

"Every product launch is hugely important and every announcement we are making solves a pain point for CIOs," says Gary Bloom, Veritas' chairman & CEO. "We are looking to deliver automation, performance and availability through utility computing. We are talking about IT services on demand built by the IT department," he adds.

Veritas is also keen to translate its messages surrounding compliance and utility computing into the Middle East. However, the storage vendor may face challenges in terms of market maturity and the low priority these issues are given by local enterprises. For example, compliance is rarely talked of outside the banking sector in the Middle East, thus suggesting limited appeal of its Data Lifecycle Manager offering.

The vendor, however, argues that this is not the case and that the benefits of Data Lifecycle extend beyond its ability to assist compliance. "Data Lifecycle Manager has a number of other attributes besides compliance, it manages data and also deletes data as well," says Brenda Zawatski, vice president, product & solutions marketing, Veritas.

As such, the product can help to introduce greater storage efficiencies, as well as prompting IT staff to remove unwanted data and all at a relatively low cost, says Veritas. Furthermore, the product is capable of facilitating other decision-making processes.

"Data Lifecycle has inherently in it a HSM (hierarchical storage management) functionality. This will tell users where to put the data. [For example,] it will tell them to put it on disk because they access it a lot or to put in on tape, or for some regulation or compliance to keep it optical," explains Zawatski.

While uptake of Data Lifecycle Manager may be somewhat slower in the Middle East, Veritas believes it has a number of solutions that will garner attention and sales among the region's small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs). Zawatski cites NetBackup, Backup Exec and Desktop & Laptop Option as key plays for this market.

"NetBackup plays both in the enterprise and small-to-medium sized enterprise (SMEs) [markets]. We also have Backup Exec, which is very focused on the [low] end of the SME space. We have seen a lot of growth in the SMB space and we will continue to see that growth as well as functionality to support that growth in the backup space," she says.

"Desktop & Laptop is also critical to the SME marketplace and it works on both NetBackup and Backup Exec. It will provide backup and recovery benefits as well as the ability to synchronise desktops and laptops, which is especially important in SMEs where they have less control over what is being done on the laptops and what is being backed up," Zawatski adds.

Furthermore, new features such as Client Advisor and Synthetics help to deliver the ease of use functionalities that are essential to SMBs. The former facilitates the decision-making process for backup procedures and enables users to determine in a few simple clicks the best strategy for their organisation.

"Client Advisor is a critical feature - in just five clicks it will tell users the advanced backup technique that they should use. Synthetics is also of benefit because you don't have to take your application offline to do backups and the restore time essentially goes down by half," explains Zawatski.

With such a comprehensive range of products rolled out, Veritas believes it has solutions that can scale to meet the requirements of most users. Furthermore, the vendor believes these enhancements and additions will allow it to retain an edge in the competitive storage space.

"We are an industry leader in data availability, backup and recovery and we believe these products will help us to increase our market share and stay ahead of our competitors," says Bloom.||**||

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