Veritas posts 40% SAN growth in M'sia

Veritas Software is expecting the adoption rate for SAN (storage area network) management and solutions to increase significantly in Malaysia as enterprises becomes more aware of its cost savings benefits.

KUALA LUMPUR--Veritas Software is expecting the adoption rate for SAN (storage area network) management and solutions to increase significantly in Malaysia as enterprises becomes more aware of its cost savings benefits.

Veritas regional manager Asia South, Alvin Ow said sales of Veritas' SAN backup solutions in Malayia has experienced a 40 percent growth this year compared to 25 percent for the corresponding period in 2000.

"The market in Malaysia is very receptive to SAN solutions. In fact, the adoption period for the local market is only 9 to 12 months behind implementation in the US," he told a press conference after a workshop on SAN recently.

SAN, a dedicated network which connects all the servers and clients to a shared pool of storage devices, is experiencing a boom from the proliferation of Internet commerce, business applications, multimedia Web content as well as due to the financial and telco consolidations happening in the region.

Ow explained that with SAN, enterprises can reallocate and centrally manage their current storage space without having to invest in more servers to cater for their expanding data pool.

A Forrester Research study estimated that a company with 50 servers with a total of 100 Gigabit of data will save approximately US$75,000 (RM285,000) annually on administration costs by using SAN. Putting SAN in place will require a one-time investment of US$756,000 (RM2.9 million).

Veritas SAN customers in Malaysia are largely from the telecommucations industry, manufacturing sector and Internet data centres.

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