Dell’s merger with EMC sparked much mirth at its rival, Veritas.
The wags at Veritas mashed up a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and celebrity Kim Kardashian in the process to have a dig at Michael Dell’s efforts.
Mike Palmer, executive vice president and chief product officer at Veritas, used his keynote address to talk about “data monsters” and displayed six such ‘monsters’ on the big screen: Mike and Sully from Monsters, Shrek, Frankenstein’s monster, Stripe from Gremlins, the Night King from Game of Thrones and finally an image which blended the faces of Kim Jong-un and Kim Kardashian.
He said that it had created each ‘monster’ to demonstrate a different type of data threat. For Mike and Sully, Palmer said: “Some monsters learn how to add value in society, such as these guys who eventually created energy through laughter”, while the likes of Stripe transformed into something evil and were “not as well intentioned”.
The Jong-un-Kardashian mash-up was all about Dell and EMC. “I got this from Dell EMC. They went to the Kim Jong-un school of sales training, realised that sort of dictatorial hardware image isn’t what they wanted, so they mashed it up with Kim Kardashian and that is what we got.”
Beancounters at Veritas suggest that channel partners could make a pretty penny by getting themselves in data-management.
In a couple of reports Veritas suggests that IT organizations are on track to waste more than $3.3 trillion by 2020 on storing data they don’t need.
Veritas’ Vanson Bourne said that based on a survey of 2,550 IT executives, the vast amount of data being stored is redundant, obsolete or trivial or as “dark data” whose value is unknown and may include business-critical data.
The number of employees using corporate networks for their personal use is growing, leading to more types of files, such as personal legal and ID documents (62 per cent), photos (60 per cent) or non-approved software (27 per cent) being stored at work. Due to this growth, 45 per cent of respondents in the U.S. say they are worried about employees being careless with how they handle company data.
All this creates an opportunity for solution providers across the channel is to provide managed services that pay for themselves by reducing the amount of data that needs to be stored and ultimately secured.
Veritas has a few suggestions for what types of files those managed service providers should be looking to outright delete or archive.
Security outfit Symantec has been saying “oh look a badger” to reporters asking about its sale of its storage storage unit Veritas, for as much as $8 billion.
The dark satanic rumour mill claims that the floundering security vendor has approached NetApp, EMC and several private equity firms to gauge interest in the business. which the company purchased for $13.5 billion.
Veritas business has struggled to live up to expectations after sluggish demand for its storage and data management products.
The plan has been widely dismissed by Symantec, which wants to continue to split the company into two, independent publicly traded companies: one business focused on security and one business focused on information management.
Symantec said that it will separate Veritas and Symantec into two independently traded companies by the end of the calendar year. One focused on information management and one focused on security.
For the vendor, creating two standalone businesses will allow each entity to “maximise its respective growth opportunities and drive greater shareholder value.”
Michael Brown, president and CEO, Symantec has gone on record saying that Veritas remains a powerful brand that still has tremendous equity.