Storage firms Veritas and Network Appliance (NetApp) have extended their previous alliances with an eye on the growing market in regulatory compliance products.
The pair are to offer an integrated range of data lifecycle management tools, with NetApp reselling Veritas' Data Lifecycle Manager and NetBackup products. Both companies will offer service and support to customers.
The combination is designed to enable firms to protect, archive, organise and manage data across a range of infrastructures.
Companies will be able to index the data content, so IT managers and auditors can save time by quickly retrieving information using an enterprise search engine, the firms said.
Integration of NetApp SnapLock software with Veritas Data Lifecycle Manager will make information tamper proof so that documents can not be doctored, according to Stuart Gilks, systems engineering director at NetApp.
"Certain industries, like financial services, require companies to keep data for many years. This [product] guarantees the retention of data," he explained.
The Veritas Data Lifecycle Manager/NetApp SnapLock product will be available in the first quarter of 2004, while Veritas NetBackup/NetApp SnapVault will be available in the second half of the year.
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