Abstraction from complexity: The confidence only Veritas can provide

Enterprises everywhere struggle with IT complexity, but this state of complexity is nothing new. Dealing with complexity continues to be a major challenge for IT professionals and one of the most pressing problems to solve—at scale—for many enterprise organizations.

The difficulty in taking on IT complexity
What we conveniently call heterogeneity in the world of information technology reveals the true cause of complexity. From disparate systems and data silos, to co-existing technologies from different generationslike the fact that mainframes exist alongside client-server, multiple virtual and software-defined architectures, cloud, containers, and serverless computingthe list goes on.

Add the reality that data continues to grow exponentially—IDC predicts there will be 175 zettabytes by 2025[1]—alongside increasing regulatory compliance standards and the number and sophistication of threats against the data, and it’s understandable why so many IT leaders are seeking guidance to take on tomorrow’s data-driven future.

“Complexity stymies IT’s ability to solve these challenges and better empower the business.”

– Phil Goodwin, Research Director, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group at IDC

And let’s be clear: Rebuilding the entire enterprise IT environment from scratch in the cloud, for example, is a non-option.

Let’s focus on outcomes
Consider your smartphone, for example. When you click on the camera app, isn’t the expectation that it’s going to work? When you snap a picture, isn’t the expectation that the photo will be stored efficiently and safely? And later, when you look through your photos, isn’t the expectation that they will be organized—maybe even by time of day, scenery, or facial recognition?

You probably recognize there’s a lot happening to amount to this fluid, functional user experience, though your focus is on the photo—the outcome. Understandably, we’ve come to expect the outcomes technology promises. And expectations among enterprises are no different.

A multifaceted set of needs drives cross-organizational IT expectations, from app availability, to data protection, and compliance-enabling insights, but we want to concentrate on the outcome—a thriving, data-driven organization. So, how do we enable this transformation?

The answer: Abstract complexity.

Introducing the Enterprise Data Services Platform
Possibly no one knows enterprise IT complexity—and how to ABSTRACT it—better than Veritas. An open and interoperable approach to data protection and management has been a defining characteristic of Veritas solutions for many years, and one of the major reasons 99 of Fortune 100 companies choose Veritas IP. And we’re taking that to the next level with integrations that unite key technologies across the portfolio—and introducing new ones as well.

Animated GIF of EDS Platform.gifThe Enterprise Data Services Platform, addressing the three key areas of Availability, Protection, and Insights, is built off a NetBackup 8.2 core, including support for 500+ data sources, 150+ storage targets, and 60+ clouds—and it can be deployed in any form factor today. It’s the most versatile and extensible platform available to enterprises and represents the perfect IT foundation.

See it in action:

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Enterprise business services are made up of many different components. These could be traditional, mission-critical applications running off Unix or Linux systems in the data center. Or perhaps they’re a modern application running on VMware, or they could be a set of cloud-based workloads. In fact, they could be all of the above, working together. These mission-critical systems require a level of availability that even many hyperscalers come to Veritas to provide. Notably, you can only achieve true availability of an application when you can also ensure an application is performing optimally. Simply identifying the on/off state of an app in the enterprise is not enough. As part of the Enterprise Data Services Platform, Veritas InfoScale covers this area in a markedly differentiated way.

What’s new in InfoScale? 

  • Complete infrastructure abstraction across physical, virtual, and cloud systems.
  • Ability to cluster AWS availability zones for migrated, mission-critical applications.
  • Support for Ansible and Chef platforms.
  • IPv6 readiness.
  • New solutions for Nutanix, Dell EMC ScaleIO, and NVM Express.
  • Broad security enhancements.

Learn more about innovations in the Availability portfolio here: https://vrt.as/2Kp1h3f

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Building from our example above, InfoScale delivers the high availability and performance optimization necessary to maintain an enterprise-class approach to data management and protection. NetBackup is responsible for the data resiliency, backup, and recovery of the application; any application, storage, cloud, and form factor—NetBackup covers it all.

What’s new in NetBackup 8.2?

  • Fully agentless architecture for VMware.
  • Support for Red Hat KVM and OpenStack.
  • First Docker Certified backup and recovery solution for containers.
  • 2X faster backups to the cloud.
  • Support for cloud archive storage tiers such as AWS Glacier and Deep Archive.
  • Automation of disaster recovery to and in the cloud.
  • Cloud-native data protection with application consistency for Oracle, Microsoft SQL and MongoDB.
  • API-first approach that enables data protection automation and integration.
  • Backup, orchestration, cataloging and replication with native snapshot technologies.
  • Self-service with ServiceNow and VMware vRealize plugins.

Learn more about innovations in the Protection portfolio here: https://vrt.as/2WRtmH9 

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Starting with the data collected via the backup process, Information Studio enables a visual rendering of the metadata into an immersive experience that allows organizations to easily eliminate dark data. And although one of the key elements of the integration here is the sharing of the backup catalog, Information Studio can also visualize data from 30+ other sources as well, including SharePoint, OneDrive, CIFs shares, and a lot more host of others. Within this new Veritas offering, you can also extend data classification to many of the data sources supported today. Customers can leverage more than 700 preconfigured patterns and more than 110 policies to better manage things like named entity recognition (NER) requests.

What’s new in Information Studio?

  • Connectors to 20+ cloud and on-premises data repositories including NetBackup.
  • Visual rendering of metadata to identify what exists, where it exists, and who has access.
  • Classification of data to identify personally identifiable information (PII).
  • Deletion to reclaim storage resources, lower costs, and reduce risks.

And while insight into data offers a dependable way to optimize for regulatory compliance and reduce costs, that’s only part of the value. Our recently acquired APTARE IT Analytics solution enables insights into the backup and storage infrastructure environment, too. Being able to optimize things like storage capacity planning and utilization, chargebacks for IaaS, and cloud costs are major advantages of the offering and the Enterprise Data Services Platform overall. Plus, APTARE IT Analytics enables integration with ServiceNow’s IT Service Management (ITSM) system to automate the generation of service tickets, so issues can be addressed with ease.

Learn more about innovations in the Insights portfolio here: https://vrt.as/31CkYdf 

At Veritas, this is only the beginning. Let’s take on our shared IT future, together.

 

[1] IDC White Paper, sponsored by Seagate, Data Age 2025: IDC White Paper, IDC #US44413318, Nov 2018