Global IT Leaders Concur: No Hardware Agenda Is the Right Agenda.Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
VERITAS VISION(TM) 2004
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 4, 2004
Research Uncovers 98 Percent of CIOs Surveyed Claim
Cost Benefits to Operating Open, Heterogeneous
Multi-Vendor Data Center Environments
VERITAS Software Veritas Software Corp. was an international software company that was founded in 1983 as Tolerant Systems, renamed Veritas Software Corp. in 1989, and merged with Symantec in 2005. It was headquartered in Mountain View, California. Corporation (Nasdaq:VRTSE) today announced key findings of a research study that revealed global IT leaders overwhelmingly favor a multi-vendor approach to operating and managing their data centers. Across a sample base of 810 IT experts, nearly all highlighted partnerships and product interoperability The capability of two or more hardware devices or two or more software routines to work harmoniously together. For example, in an Ethernet network, display adapters, hubs, switches and routers from different vendors must conform to the Ethernet standard and interoperate with each other. among vendors as important when making purchase decisions. The research findings strongly buttress buttress, mass of masonry built against a wall to strengthen it. It is especially necessary when a vault or an arch places a heavy load or thrust on one part of a wall. VERITAS' strategy to enable utility computing (1) Pay-per-usage processing provided by a service organization that uses its own computers and facilities. Customers access the computers via a private network or over the Internet and are charged according to how much computing time they use, such as CPU seconds, minutes or hours. by focusing on partnering and more than a decade of innovation in supporting heterogeneous IT environments.
IT leaders from 12 countries were interviewed on a broad range of topics that ranged from determining the average number of vendors upon which they currently rely, to the perceived risks associated with relying on a single vendor, to their desire to standardize stan·dard·ize
1. To cause to conform to a standard.
2. To evaluate by comparing with a standard. on common software platforms to manage their multi-vendor data centers.
"IT departments are tasked with increasing the utilization of what they have today to meet agreed-upon service levels, and their success depends upon selecting vendors that have the capability to help them manage the complexity they have today and what they may have tomorrow," said Jeremy Burton, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, VERITAS Software. "VERITAS software is heterogeneous, supporting all major storage, server and application environments, giving customers freedom from vendor lock-in In economics, vendor lock-in, also known as proprietary lock-in, customer lock-in, lock-in is where a customer is dependent on a vendor for products and services and cannot move to another vendor without substantial switching costs, real and/or perceived. ."
The study revealed that 98 percent of the survey respondents claim there are cost benefits associated with operating an open, heterogeneous multi-vendor data center environment. The top five benefits cited are:
1. Freedom to shop around (73 percent) 2. Enhanced bargaining power (50 percent) 3. Ability to take advantage of special deals (46 percent) 4. Better long-term protection of the overall IT investment (27 percent) 5. Reducing costs of obligatory consultation and training (24 percent)
Disadvantages of Single Vendor Lock-In
The study also highlighted that 90 percent of the respondents believe there are disadvantages to operating a homogeneous The same. Contrast with heterogeneous.
homogeneous - (Or "homogenous") Of uniform nature, similar in kind.
1. In the context of distributed systems, middleware makes heterogeneous systems appear as a homogeneous entity. For example see: interoperable network. data center environment, where the majority of hardware and software comes from a single vendor. The top five disadvantages cited are:
1. Losing ability to shop around for the best deals (64 percent) 2. Lack of power to negotiate lower costs (49 percent) 3. Losing awareness of new technologies on the market (28 percent) 4. Being too risky for a company to have all its eggs in one basket (27 percent) 5. Can be forced to upgrade products according to the vendor's schedule instead of the company's own needs (22 percent)
In addition, more than two-thirds believe that utilizing a single main vendor can limit or dictate the company's technical direction, shifting the balance of power toward the vendor.
Aligning IT to Business Needs: The Power of Software
The study revealed that 96 percent believe there are benefits of utilizing common software to manage multiple platforms Refers to two or more operating environments, which typically include the CPU family and operating system. For example, if versions of a program run on Windows and the Macintosh, the software is said to support multiple platforms. in the data center. The top five benefits include:
1. Simplified processes (67 percent) 2. Easier to run and manage (55 percent) 3. Increased productivity and efficiency (38 percent) 4. Increased availability and uptime (26 percent) 5. Reduced employee training costs (24 percent)
VERITAS' building block approach to utility computing provides availability, performance and automation software, which is designed so that customers' data is always available, provisioned at expected performance levels, and automated to reduce administrative costs administrative costs,
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-- Availability: VERITAS Foundation Suite(TM), VERITAS
NetBackup(TM), VERITAS Backup Exec Backup Exec is backup software for Microsoft Windows environments currently developed by Symantec. Backup Exec has a long history of being sold from one company to another. (TM), VERITAS Volume
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-- Performance: VERITAS i3(TM), VERITAS Storage Foundation Veritas Storage Foundation, previously known as Veritas Foundation Suite, combines Veritas Volume Manager (VxVM) and Veritas File System (VxFS) to provide a complete solution for online storage management. It is currently developed and maintained by Symantec Corporation. (TM)
-- Automation: VERITAS OpForce(TM), VERITAS CommandCentral(TM)
Burton concluded, "IT leaders who embrace multi-vendor IT environments and tie systems together with VERITAS availability, performance and automation software building blocks are well on their way toward a utility computing model where IT can be delivered as a measurable and billable service, aligned to meet business needs."
For more information and to access the research study results, please visit: http://www.veritas.com/no-hardware-agenda
About the Research
The research was conducted by Dynamic Markets for VERITAS Software Corporation. A total of 810 IT leaders were interviewed in companies with more than 500 employees across the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , Europe and the Middle East. The purpose of the research was to gain insight into some of the more complicated issues associated with heterogeneous data center environments and single-vendor environments. The research was conducted in March 2004.
About VERITAS Software
VERITAS Software, one of the top 10 largest software companies in the world, is a leading provider of software and services to enable utility computing. In a utility computing model, IT resources are aligned with business needs, and business applications are delivered with optimal performance and availability on top of shared computing computing - computer infrastructure, minimizing hardware and labor costs. VERITAS products and services for data protection, storage & server management, high availability Also called "RAS" (reliability, availability, serviceability) or "fault resilient," it refers to a multiprocessing system that can quickly recover from a failure. There may be a minute or two of downtime while one system switches over to another, but processing will continue. and application performance management are used by 99 percent of the Fortune 500. More information about VERITAS Software can be found at www.veritas.com.
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