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Veritas pushes heterogeneity

Veritas used its annual Veritas Vision conference to hammer home a message of heterogeneity. Veritas claims heterogeneous environments hands users cost savings.

Veritas used its annual Veritas Vision conference to hammer home a message of heterogeneity. Research commissioned by the company and carried out by Dynamic Markets found that 98% of the 810 IT experts surveyed claimed cost benefits to operating open, heterogeneous, multi-vendor data centre environments.

The advantages of heterogeneity, as cited by the report, included the freedom to shop around, enhanced bargaining power, the ability to take advantage of special deals and better long-term protection of overall IT investment. In addition, more than two thirds of those surveyed believe that utilising a single main vendor can limit a company’s technical direction and shift the balance of power toward the vendor. The survey was carried out among companies with more than 500 employees in 12 countries across the US, Europe and Middle East.

“Veritas software is heterogeneous [and] supports all major storage, server and application environments. This gives customers freedom from vendor lock-in,” says Sam Tayan, regional manager Middle East and North Africa.

In recent years, Veritas has pushed into server management from its established base in data protection. It has developed an open platform solution for managing the data centre.

Other companies have not been slow to see the advantage of heterogeneity. Microsoft, for example, released the Microsoft Operations Manager Connector Framework last year. This broadens the compatibility of Microsoft’s management tools to work with Linux and Unix.

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