Veritas, a subsidiary of data security specialist Symantec, is essentially being spun off in October with a complete separation expected to take place in January 2016. Before that occurs, Veritas today unveiled a revamped product slate that will act as a springboard for the backup company when it cuts ties.
"Veritas is really around information," Ana Pinczuk, senior vice president of Backup and Recovery at Veritas, told InfoStor. While storage has traditionally focused on data as it relates to moving information around or managing capacity, Veritas' strategy hinges on allowing enterprise organizations to "harness the power of the information that sits on this infrastructure" and derive more value from their hybrid cloud storage environments.
One way the company plans to achieve this is with its new cloud application, called Veritas Information Map.
The new offering is the equivalent of "Google Maps" for an organization's unstructured data, said Pinczuk. "It basically gives you a visibility into your data and [enabling you] to make decisions on your data." Information Map is available to deliver by "leveraging the information from the NetBackup catalog from the start," eliminating the need for costly third-party data discovery products, she said.
The product enables organizations to "visually, quickly see how much stale data they have in their environments," said Simon Jelley, senior director of Product Management. After signing-on, participants of a pilot program discovered "not just gigabytes but terabytes of it," he reported.
Information Map also helps challenge the "keep everything" approach that leads to skyrocketing storage costs. With visibility into useless data, IT managers can move toward freeing up valuable capacity that is being held hostage by other departments.
"Now you can go and have the conversation with legal and move past that deadlock," Jelley said. It can also have a cost- and time-saving effect on a business' data protection strategy by enabling them to "do a better job of backing up the right thing."
Veritas InfoScale 5.0 now extends its data analytics and data loss prevention capabilities to Box, the business-friendly cloud file storage and syncing service. More integrations are in the works, Pinczuk hinted.
Veritas Resiliency Platform is a new HP Helion-powered software-as-a-service data protection solution that promotes business continuity with application-level recovery capabilities. Finally, Veritas is bundling 19 of existing Storage Foundation products into four integrated InfoScale solutions (Enterprise, Storage, Availability and Foundation) under a simplified, "single-meter" pricing model, said Pinczuk.
NetBackup 7.7 now automates data protection for more virtual and environments. It supports VMware vSphere 6 and Microsoft Hyper-V, allowing IT departments to "automatically discover new VMs [virtual machines] in their environments and protect them as well," said Pinczuk.
A new Amazon S3-compatible cloud connector improves disk-to-cloud-disk backup performance by up to 20x. NDMP (Network Data Management Protocol) support and other optimizations help NetBackup 7.7 achieve up to a 30x improvement in backup times, said Jelley.
Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.
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