Veritas opens in NZ

Storage management company Veritas has set up an office in New Zealand, appointing Andy Rootes as the country manager, based in Auckland.

Storage management company Veritas has set up an office in New Zealand, appointing Andy Rootes as the country manager, based in Auckland.

Peter Murray, managing director of Veritas Australia, says the data availability market is growing at 50% to 70% per year depending on which research company figures are used.

Growth in the e-business market is strong, particularly among telcos, and Veritas doesn’t see any slow down in the next five to six years, he says.

"E-business makes the inclusion of storage and backup as a data availability technology that much more defined.”

Following its acquisition last year of US storage and business intelligence software vendor Seagate for $US20 billion, Veritas now has the third largest market capitalisation for a software company in the world behind Microsoft and Oracle.

The Seagate purchase has widened the company’s product range - adding midrange and low end offerings such as Backup Exec to its traditional high-end Unix solutions which run on IBM, EMC, Sun and HP machines.

Rootes says he is aiming to double the company’s New Zealand revenues in the next year and he sees growth coming from all areas - high, mid and low-end.

Veritas products have been available in New Zealand through distributors Datastor and Tech Pacific for four years.

Local customers include Air New Zealand, Carter Holt Harvey, BNZ, Vodafone, and Telecom.

Murray says Veritas, which often provides software through OEM arrangements, wants to raise its profile.

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