Wednesday, 30 November 2016 15:55

Veritas embraces AWS – new products for the cloud


Veritas has used the Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference to announce new capabilities for its InfoScale and NetBackup to optimise app migration and simplify data protection on AWS cloud.

Veritas Technologies,  a leader in information management, announced new capabilities for InfoScale and NetBackup.

InfoScale delivers software-defined storage for the cloud and helps ensure application performance, scale and resiliency requirements are met. NetBackup now includes Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for NetBackup.

“Our customers are leveraging Veritas solutions to integrate Amazon S3 into their data lifecycle management strategy,” said Mike Palmer, executive vice-president and chief product officer at Veritas. “Interest in moving tier-one enterprise applications such as Oracle and SAP to the cloud is growing. Veritas is leading the efforts to enable these organisations to have a seamless, scalable and cost-effective solution to access, share and leverage cloud storage without having to sacrifice performance or resiliency.”

These latest capabilities join a host of existing Veritas cloud data management solutions that support a variety of AWS use cases, from data governance and protection to migration and disaster recovery.

According to Veritas research, 53% of mission-critical applications will be in the public cloud this year. This accelerating shift shows that before refreshing on-premises hardware, organisations are looking first to the cloud. However, one major roadblock to simply “lifting and shifting” applications like Oracle, SAP, and other resource intensive workloads is the performance and resiliency trade-offs. While IT has the option of refactoring these applications to work natively in the cloud, doing so can be both a massive time commitment and an expensive undertaking.

Veritas InfoScale enables the speed and cost-effectiveness of lifting and shifting to AWS while helping ensure the performance, scalability and resiliency of those enterprise applications. The new NetBackup AMI simplifies data protection deployment— both in and out of the cloud — as part of the NetBackup platform’s single pane of glass experience and comprehensive solution to protect all physical, virtual and cloud-based workloads.

The announcement serves as proof of Veritas’ strategy to deliver cloud data management solutions that address all major areas of cloud transformation:

  • Global data visibility – Blindly moving data and applications to the cloud can drive up cost and increase risk. In fact, 52 percent of enterprise storage budgets are already spent on storing dark data. With Information Map, businesses understand what data they have, who owns it and how old it is, providing the insight needed to ensure they are moving the right data, to the right location, at the right time.
  • Simple cloud migration – Without the proper tools, migrating data and application workloads to the cloud can prove to be a complicated and costly exercise. To provide simple and cost-effective cloud migration, Veritas leverages the deep knowledge of data and application interdependencies built into InfoScale to alleviate storage bottlenecks and enable seamless and intelligent data migration to the AWS cloud. Organisations with hybrid-cloud strategies can now gain the same increased workload portability, resiliency and control in the cloud that they are used to on-premises.
  • Optimised application performance– Lifting and shifting enterprise applications to the cloud can impose extreme performance trade-offs. The application-awareness and intelligent data caching built into InfoScale software-defined storage offerings alleviate those trade-offs, giving customers an accelerated, yet enterprise-ready environment to maximise mission-critical application performance in the cloud. This means that organisations with mission-critical tier-one applications such as Oracle, TIBCO, SAP and other OLTP/OLAP workloads, can now take advantage of the scale and economics of AWS infrastructure without sacrificing required performance and reliability.
  • Unified data protection – The complexity of protecting data using point products is exponentially higher with the adoption of multiple cloud infrastructures. NetBackup delivers a simple, reliable and unified data protection experience that siloed and disparate products cannot provide. With the release of NetBackup8.0, AWS customers can now leverage the new NetBackup AMI for a preconfigured and customisable cloud deployment of NetBackup in minutes.

“As more organisations increasingly turn to various types of clouds to run some or all of their mission-critical applications, the ability to migrate and manage data between and across platforms — not just at all, but simply — becomes vital,” said Mark Peters, practice director and senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “By creating solutions for these hybrid cloud environments, and specifically building-in support for AWS, Veritas is providing customers with an efficient way to both manage their data and gaining seamless access to the world’s largest public cloud provider.”

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