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Veritas Vision: Beyond backup to cloud, data management

Newly independent vendor Veritas plans to evolve from selling more than data protection to targeting the data management market, while using the cloud.

LAS VEGAS -- Veritas Technologies laid the groundwork for its new direction during its first user conference since splitting from Symantec earlier this year.

Veritas Vision 2016 -- the first conference under the Veritas name since 2004 -- opened Tuesday with upgrades to NetBackup data protection software, a new software-based NAS application and cloud enhancements.

"We are back and we are happy to be here," said Veritas CEO Bill Coleman, addressing a conference hall filled with users and partners at the Aria Resort & Casino.

Integration plays a key role

Veritas Vision product news focused primarily on the vendor's flagship enterprise-level NetBackup backup software, including enhancements to on-premises and public cloud deployments and integration with other Veritas products.

NetBackup added support for Microsoft Azure cloud and open-source OpenStack clouds, to go with its previous Amazon Web Services (AWS) support.

NetBackup has been integrated with Veritas Resiliency Platform (VRP) 2.1, which can orchestrate the recovery of multiple virtual machines in multivendor hybrid clouds. VRP, which now also supports AWS, is an OEM product of Hewlett Packard Enterprise's disaster recovery as a service offering.

"Microsoft Azure (support) is coming next year," said Alex Sakaguchi, director of global solutions marketing at Veritas.

Veritas Vision product news focused primarily on the vendor's flagship enterprise-level NetBackup backup software.

Veritas executives say VRP will play a central role in the company's data management platform roadmap, with its ability to use metadata for action-based policies and orchestration.

NetBackup also has been integrated with the Veritas Information Map and Veritas' Velocity copy data management product. Information Map aggregates data and presents it visually. It will serve as a central piece of the company's move toward becoming a data management platform vendor. Information Map now is free with NetBackup installations.

Veritas is working on integrating Information Map with its Enterprise Vault and Data Insight products as well as Box online file sharing software.

"We are creating an orchestration layer for so many parts of the environment," said Mike Palmer, senior vice president and general manager at Veritas.

The vendor also launched HyperScale for OpenStack at Veritas Vision. HyperScale serves as the compute piece to Veritas' overall data management platform. It supports open-source OpenStack for policy-based workload deployments to offload data backups and snapshots from compute resources, and live workload migrations during storage and network failure.

Another new product is Veritas Access, software-based NAS that works on commodity-based x86 server hardware and manages storage based on policies.

360-degree data management

Veritas became independent after it was sold by security giant Symantec in January to the Carlyle Group private equity firm for $7.4 billion. Following the split, Veritas is trying to establish itself as not just a data protection company but a player in the cloud and data management market.

The company's product roadmap laid out at Veritas Vision will focus on using VRP, Information Map and Velocity, along with Access and HyperScale, to build its data management platform.

"The next step in our journey is to offer 360-degree data management and that starts with visibility," Coleman said during his Veritas Vision keynote. "Visibility into data that allows you to take action."

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