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Symantec takeover of Veritas may open new dimensions of security

Cliff Saran
Along with PeopleSoft and Oracle, the industry witnessed another mega deal at the end of last year when anti-virus supplier Symantec announced a £7.2bn acquisition of Veritas.

Veritas is the market leader in storage management and data back-up and offers products to support information lifecycle management technology. Symantec's main focus has been security products such as anti-virus, firewall and e-mail security software.

Analyst firm Meta said, "Security is part of information life-cycle management and regulatory/compliance puzzles, and it must be included in information classification efforts."

The general information explosion and increased compliance requirements are pushing IT organisations to define business and operational processes, as well as information requirements, said Meta.

It predicted that by combining security and storage management software from Veritas, Symantec may go some way to being able to develop an automated policy-based information and workflow management system. This would classify all data about security, back-up, availability, performance, interdependencies, retention and archiving, as well as asset information.

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