Looking to assist IT personnel whose responsibilities are continually expanding, Symantec launched a new business strategy designed to provide a single point of control for the company's breadth of data centre software.
The new Storage United initiative aims to link the Symantec's Netbackup data protection, Storage Foundation storage management and Enterprise Vault archive technologies underneath a common set of services. Executives outlined the plan at the company's Vision user conference in Las Vegas this week.
The strategy targets storage trouble spots such as poor performance utilisation within heterogeneous operating system and hardware environments, departmentalised management of data centre assets and operational tasks, and mushrooming data growth, executives said.
The Unified Storage concept attempts to overlay administrative capabilities of the full software suite of storage and data centre tools Symantec gained through its US$13.5 billion purchase of Veritas in 2004, noted Matt Kixmoeller, senior director of product management for Netbackup at Cupertino, California-based Symantec
"We're not trying to create the uber-console here. What we're doing is really looking at each of the key roles in the data centre and trying to bring together the way you manage tape, disk, de-duplication, and CDP (continuous data protection)," said Kixmoeller.
Veritas Netbackup 6.5, also announced here, is the first product refresh to be rolled out under the Storage United umbrella, Kixmoeller said. He declined to disclose a timetable for releasing the next Storage United tool or Veritas data centre product upgrade.