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Veritas enhances 360 data management portfolio

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Veritas Technologies announced advancements to its 360 Data Management Portfolio spanning Veritas NetBackup, Information Map and appliances.

As organisations migrate on-premises data and workloads to the cloud, they face challenges such as visualising their data, migrating data to the cloud in a simple and cost-effective way, and protecting workloads in the cloud, on-premises or hybrid environments while avoiding vendor lock-in, said Veritas. The company said its product enhancements address these issues.

Veritas 360NetBackup 8.1 provides unified data protection for multi-cloud, virtual, and physical environments that can be globally managed from a single console. The new version introduces a new deduplication technology: Cloud Catalyst.

Many organisations are eager to reduce recurring costs associated with storing massive volumes of secondary data on a long-term basis across multiple clouds. By deduplicating or removing duplicate copies, Cloud Catalyst helps shrink the size of that data nearly three times faster than alternative solutions in the industry today. Once duplicate copies are removed, customers can store data in the cloud at potentially much lower costs without making physical changes to the network.

The new deduplication technology will be available in multiple form factors as part of NetBackup 8.1, either as licenced software or the NetBackup Cloud Catalyst 5240 Appliance.

Also new in NetBackup 8.1 is Parallel Streaming, a patented capability that enables rapid data protection of in-demand, cloud-based, scale-out workloads and applications, such as NoSQL, Hadoop, and Cassandra. Backing up critical big data workloads typically takes extensive amounts of time, especially for financial and healthcare institutions which must adhere to stringent data protection requirements. Parallel Streaming delivers on-demand protection for the rapid deployment of these workloads.

Veritas Information Map has been enhanced with connectors for 23 new data sources for both on-premises and cloud-based data storage repositories. Customers can see what data they have across a wide array of environments in real-time. This helps them better decide what data to retain, migrate or delete, and can also help ensure compliance with data regulations around the world, such as HIPAA and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The new connectors will be generally available in the coming quarters at no additional cost and include Microsoft Azure Storage, Microsoft OneDrive for Business, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Exchange, Google Drive, Google Cloud Storage, Oracle Database, and Box. Additional product integrations will also be available with Veritas Backup Exec, Enterprise Vault and Access.

Information Map also features a new Connection Centre interface for managing all data store connectors. It also includes a shareable, plug-and-play framework to accelerate the development and delivery of these and future connectors.

Information Map is available as a standalone purchase or part of the Veritas 360 Data Management Suite.

According to Veritas, many organisations prefer a hardware appliance form factor for their data protection and management as a way to simplify and accelerate deployment, be it in the data centre, remote office or the multi-cloud.

The Veritas NetBackup 5340 appliance, available in the coming quarter, offers all the features of NetBackup 8.1 in a high-performance integrated appliance, as well as the ability to scale and protect tens to hundreds of petabytes of data.

“We are living in the age of multi-cloud, where organisations require a policy-driven data management strategy to protect valuable data assets across multiple data centres, public and hybrid clouds,” said Mike Palmer, executive vice president and chief product officer, Veritas. “Today, with more than 20 new connectors in Information Map and advancements to NetBackup 8.1, organisations can protect more cloud-based workloads, reduce storage costs and gain increased visibility of data that historically has been hard to identify – all critical components of a successful multi-cloud strategy.”

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