Symantec Expands Storage Appliance Line, Plans Security Appliances

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Symantec, a company best known as a leading vendor of storage and security software, on Monday said it has expanded its hardware business with the release of two new storage appliances and plans to release a series of security appliances.

Symantec traditionally sold its storage and security software either as stand-alone applications or as a service. However, it is moving to integrate many of its applications with industry-standard servers from its Huawei partnership as a way to give customers more choice over how they acquire Symantec's technology, said Yogesh Agrawal, vice president and general manger of the company's FileStore product line.

The move also meets customer requirements for pre-integrated solutions which fit into their existing IT environments while helping cut the total cost of ownership of its applications, Agrawal said.

The appliances can also reduce complexity, Agrawal said. "Before, customers needed to work with different vendors to get the hardware and then do the integration," he said. "Now we're giving them pre-integrated appliances to help speed up their purchasing and deployment time."

While Symantec this week is unveiling new storage appliances, it is also planning to offer security appliances, Agrawal said. However, he said, the company is not yet ready to discuss a security appliance timetable or what types of appliances will initially be offered.

Symantec, which several years ago had a security appliance offering, re-entered the appliance market in September with the release of its NetBackup 5000, an appliance which features an industry-standard server pre-integrated with the company's target-based deduplication software.

Symantec on Monday unveiled the FileStore N8300, a scale-out NAS appliance integrated with the company's NetBackup backup software, its Enterprise Vault archiving application, its Storage Foundation dynamic tiering software, and its EndPoint Protection security software, Agrawal said.

The FileStore N8300 can be used to help customers manage unstructured data growth for both storage and archiving purposes in their own data centers or in storage cloud environments, he said.

It scales from two to 16 nodes and to a maximum of 1.4 petabytes within a single cluster, making it possible to use to build a storage cloud, he said.

Also new is the NetBackup 5200, an appliance which is integrated with Symantec's NetBackup 7 software, which also includes dedupe capabilities, said Nicole Kim, senior manager of Symantec's Information Management Group.


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