Veritas unveils product strategy for post-Symantec future

There are glimmers of hope for Veritas, hinting at a potentially more fruitful future on its own rather than being tied down by the rest of the Symantec portfolio.

Veritas might not be a common brand name in the IT business, but it likely will be shortly -- as soon as it spins off from its maker-of-sorts, Symantec.

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The Information Management unit is centering its standalone portfolio around NetBackup, Symantec's enterprise-grade backup product.

Version 7.7, the latest iteration of the solution available now, has been prepped for data center integrations with VMware Sphere 6 and Microsoft Hyper-V as well as for hybrid-cloud deployments with Amazon Web Services and Google Nearline, among other cloud providers.

Veritas is also upgrading Data Insight, Symantec's tool for unstructured data governance, as version 5.5 will entail support governance across on-premises storage platforms and Box cloud storage.

Veritas is also introducing a new product of its own, promising to offer better insights from unstructured data. The Information Map was designed to grab meta-data from NetBackup and then visualize it in a user-friendly manner for gleaning insights into potential risks and waste across storage repositories. It is promised to roll out later this summer.

Among some of the debuts available now include Veritas Resiliency Platform for meeting service level agreements and then InfoScale for managing multi-tiered applications in physical and virtual environments -- the latter of which is being sold on a new purchasing model.

In October, Symantec made good upon rumors that the beleaguered tech brand would split, following a road being paved in Silicon Valley by the likes of eBay and Hewlett-Packard.

Thanks to a unanimous decision by Symantec's Board of Directors, the plan became to divide the Mountain View, Calif.-based company into two brands: one business focused on security and one business focused on information management.

The Information Management business will consist of backup and recovery, archiving, eDiscovery, storage management, and information availability services.

At the start of the year, Symantec unveiled a new name for the IM business: Veritas Technologies. The Veritas business generated $2.5 billion in revenue for Symantec in fiscal 2014.

Wrapping up the security end, Symantec will retain consumer and enterprise endpoint security, endpoint management, encryption, mobile, Secure Socket Layer certificates, user authentication, data loss prevention, hosted and managed security, and mail, web and datacenter security services.

Symantec has staffed up on the security side with two executive additions to the division's leadership team in November.

According to a mixed earnings report last November, the information management business spinoff was projected to be completed by the end of December 2015.

With this week's product announcement, Veritas provided a timeline update. The operational separation of Veritas and Symantec is currently scheduled for October 2015 with a complete separation expected by January 2016.

There are glimmers of hope for Veritas, hinting at a potentially more fruitful future on its own rather than being tied down by the rest of the Symantec portfolio.

Amid another disappointing earnings report last quarter, Symantec CEO Michael Brown touted in prepared remarks that endpoint protection, data loss prevention, NetBackup appliances and NetBackup software "all outperformed the market this quarter."

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