Symantec Tells Customers to Stop Buying Storage

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-12-16 Print this article Print

The latest version of Veritas CommandCentral software uses a cutting-edge approach to finding orphaned capacity and putting it to work, thus helping slow down storage purchases.

Off the top, the way Symantec describes an upgrade to its front-line Veritas storage management software sounds plainly ironic. Symantec, which is big on selling storage capacity, promises to help its customers "stop buying storage" by using some new software.

Upon closer observance, however, these new enhancements to Symantec's Veritas storage optimization suite CommandCentral are designed to help organizations make better use of their current storage capacity, therefore reducing operational costs over time.

RAID-type enterprise storage systems typically use only 15 to 25 percent of their storage capacity. Symantec claims the CommandCentral suite helps IT shops improve storage utilization by as much as 40 percent and can cut overall IT spending by about 10 percent.

Companies will always have to buy storage-the creation of data is not going to slow down and/or stop, ever-but new, improved storage networking software such as this can slow the purchase cycle quite a bit.

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"As I talk with our customers, it's very clear that the new IT reality is setting in: The No. 1 priority of IT managers going into next year is cost reduction," said Rob Soderbery, senior vice president of storage products at Symantec.

"Also, the notion of spending a bunch of money up front to recover over time is no longer valid," Soderbery said. "People are saying, 'You've got to save this quarter.' So instead of ROI, it's more like ROQ [return on the quarter]."

CommandCentral 5.1 is designed specifically for that purpose-to help save storage costs in the short term, Soderbery said.

CommandCentral gives organizations an alternative to disparate traditional tools, such as element managers, point products and spreadsheets, by providing centralized visibility and control over their storage environment.

By gaining this insight, customers often can stop purchasing storage for a year or more by utilizing existing storage assets while continuing to meet application service levels, Soderbery said.

The package includes enhancements to existing base product features, plus a new module called Storage ChangeManager. With this, CommandCentral becomes the first storage optimization suite to integrate traditional storage resource management with storage change management, Soderbery said.

CommandCentral, compliant with the industry-standard SMI-S specification, is hardware-agnostic, Soderbery said, and integrates exactly with heterogeneous physical/virtual server and storage environments, including VMware ESX virtualization layers.

"Symantec is arming customers with tools that can be rapidly deployed to combat the major challenges inherent in dynamic, high-growth data centers," said Bob Laliberte, storage analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group.

"IT organizations can look to solutions like CommandCentral to proactively track and manage storage changes and provide insight into their physical and virtual environments so they can quickly reduce operational costs, maintain high levels of availability and eliminate unnecessary storage hardware purchases."

Pricing/availability: Veritas CommandCentral 5.1 is available now, with pricing starting at $20,000.


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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