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Backup specialist Veritas will boost analytics and monitoring functionality in its data protection portfolio with the purchase of a leading supplier in the field, Aptare.
Details of the arrangement has not been made public between the two private companies, of which Veritas is a giant with multi-million dollar turnover and Aptare a minnow in comparison.
Aptare is known for Aptare IT Analytics, which is a suite of products that includes: Storage Management Suite, Backup Manager, Capacity Manager, Fabric Manager, File Analytics, Replication Manager and Virtualization Manager.
The company’s focus has been to develop predictive analytics in storage and help customers respond to compliance requirements and service-level agreements (SLAs).
According to Veritas, Aptare’s technology will improve analytics and reporting in Veritas for data on-site and in the public cloud.
According to an FAQ published on Veritas’s website, Aptare’s technology will be used in its NetBackup and Backup Exec data protection products, as well as in its InfoScale software-defined storage for data that resides on-site and in the public cloud.
For now, Veritas intends to keep the Aptare brand and will continue to sell IT Analytics as a product line.
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According to the FAQ, “In the long-term, the acquisition of Aptare will strengthen Veritas’s reporting and analytics portfolio, benefiting customers who rely on us to help provide single-pane-of-glass insights that empower them to optimise their infrastructure and datacentre investments.”
Aptare was founded by Rick Clark in California in 1993 and was the CEO up until the Veritas acquisition. Veritas hasn’t yet indicated the role Clark will play going forward.
According to the company, more than 200 standard reporting metrics are included in its products and these serve as the basis for personalised measures in addition.
This approach has allowed Aptare to make a number of partnerships with big names in IT, including Dell EMC, Hitachi Vantara, IBM, NetApp, Pure Storage and Oracle.
Symantec sold Veritas to the Carlyle group for $7.4bn in January 2016, around a decade after its acquisition for $13.5bn.
Veritas executives have said the company was never well-adapted to life within Symantec, and have sought to rebuild it as an autonomous player. The company generated more than $2bn in revenue in 2018, according to the same executives.