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Veritas bundles NetBackup into Enterprise Data Services Platform

Backup giant wraps key product into data management wrapper that adds search, index and data classification Information Studio plus InfoScale software-defined storage

Veritas has bundled its core high-end NetBackup backup platform with the newly developed Information Studio and its Infoscale software-defined storage layer.

The result is a broad data management platform called Enterprise Data Services Platform that spans data protection across on-prem and cloud plus the ability to index, search and classify enterprise data plus management of hardware platforms.

Netbackup 8.2 is at the core of the platform. It supports around 500 source clients with agentless backup for the more contemporary of these, such as VMware, Hyper-V, Red Hat Virtualization, OpenStack, etc. plus recently added Docker backup.

Backup targets can be to around 150 targets with 60 cloud providers supported. Added in this version is Cloud Catalyst, which makes backup to the cloud 2x quicker using data deduplication and with S3-compatible data formats. Cloud native data protection is also possible.

Introduced in this upgrade is Information Studio, which provides search, index and data classification for unstructured data. It crawls customers’ data via more than 20 connectors to cloud and on-prem data sources, and is able to interrogate metadata for categories such as data age, owner, Active Directory group, credit card information and classify data.

Information Studio adds to the functionality in structured data that Veritas added with the acquisition of Aptare in March.

The final key element to the platform is InfoScale, which is Veritas’s existing software-defined storage layer, from which customers can monitor and configure their storage assets to, for example, failover to new storage in case of an outage and run disaster recovery testing and provision.

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Jasmit Sagoo, northern Europe senior director with Veritas, said: “Every organisation needs backup and need to know their data is recoverable, including in the cloud where cloud providers won’t necessarily protect data as you think they might.”

“At the same time, customers have so much data held in backup that it makes sense to monetise it and use analytics to get information from it.”

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