Veritas: unified data protection from Edge through to Cloud
With the launch of NetBackup 8.3, Veritas Technologies strives to further empower its enterprise customers by driving resiliency within their applications and infrastructures regardless of the context. By extending this platform to include the Veritas Resiliency Platform (VRP) and CloudPoint the company can provide a single platform that incorporates enterprise resiliency features and functionalities to protect and recover data.
With global enterprises accelerating their digital transformation in order to support remote working amidst COVID-19, Veritas Technologies details that IT resiliency and efficiency is more critical than ever. As a result the company reports that with the innovations in NetBackup 8.3, organisations can “dramatically reduce the risk and impact of system downtime, avoid disparate workload-specific point products and realise significant cost savings by standardising on a single platform across hybrid and multi-cloud environments.”
Christophe Bertrand, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), commented that “scale, flexibility and simplicity are continuing to drive up cloud adoption. While the benefits of these multi-cloud strategies are well established, they also bring data protection challenges as multiple point products can increase risk and operational complexity. Businesses can simplify the backup and recovery challenge by standardizing on a single platform."
Partners benefitting from Veritas Technologies include Peerless Clothing: "When it comes to fashion, timing is everything, so downtime and data loss simply aren't options for Peerless. We have hundreds of virtual machines and tens of terabytes of data in the cloud, all of which need to be protected," said Laura Ghinda, tech lead, Peerless Clothing. "Veritas allows us to manage our data from a single platform, bringing proven enterprise-class features and functionality to protect our data no matter where it lives. And robust native protection for cloud data, coupled with faster discovery for VMs, makes NetBackup 8.3 an exciting proposition for us. The holistic approach to data management, from core, to edge, to cloud, means that we can drive down data duplication, making our backup more cost effective, as well as simpler."
Recently named a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for the 15th time for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions, Veritas Technologies believes the recognition validates its commitment to innovation in its customer environments.
"Veritas is continuing to innovate on its Enterprise Data Services Platform with the launch of the latest version of NetBackup. We're extending enterprise-grade data protection and the most robust set of recovery options to every corner of our customers' IT environments -- from on-premises physical to virtual, to cloud and even to containers," said Deepak Mohan, executive vice president, Products Organization at Veritas.
"Our customers' environments are getting more complex with more applications, more workloads, more data, more clouds and more threats. NetBackup 8.3 accelerates our strategy to abstract IT complexity and simplify data management with the Enterprise Data Services Platform with best in industry scale and reliability," concludes Mohan.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.