First Veritas Vision Confab Since 2004 Highlights New Info Management Platform, Red Hat Partnership

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Bill Coleman
Bill Coleman

Veritas Technologies Tuesday unveiled an information management platform the company said will help businesses use the cloud as part of a comprehensive enterprise data management solution.

Veritas also used its first Veritas Vision conference since the company was acquired by Symantec in 2005 to introduce a new partnership with Red Hat aimed at helping customers take advantage of OpenStack cloud infrastructures.

The new directions for Veritas were introduced at Veritas Vision, held this week in Las Vegas.

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For Veritas, which in January became an independent company after it was sold by former parent company Symantec to a private equity company, the new offerings are a way to not only show it can compete with its legacy and upstart rivals, but move ahead to where businesses are moving in terms of managing and protecting data, said Veritas CEO Bill Coleman.

The changes are part of a plan to take advantage of Veritas' information management experience and large customer base to become a leader in helping customers prepare for a future that expands far beyond merely moving to the cloud, Coleman told CRN.

That future is about moving beyond information management to a platform that is able to help customers exploit the information for business value, he said.

Such a platform has three characteristics, Coleman said.

"The first is software-defined storage to free our customers from having to depend on the other large guys," he said. "The other part of that is to give them visibility and access to all their data no matter where it is. The second is policy and workflow. And that is to give them the control, management and automation of all their information throughout their life cycle, no matter where it is."

The third, Coleman said, is "a metadata repository for all their information, and the programing environment that would open APIs that would allow third parties to access that metadata, maybe even anonymized, in conjunction with any other data a customer wants to exploit to do things like predictive analytics and machine learning."

Coleman said Mountain View, Calif.-based Veritas as a newly independent company is facing a different future than when it was a part of Symantec.

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