Symantec-Veritas merger seen as sensible

Share this article:

Symantec's $13.5 billion acquisition of Veritas Software makes sense, industry analysts said.

"It's a natural synergy," said Steve Hunt, analyst at Forrester Research. "It made so much sense for both of them for very different reasons."

Storage giant Veritas had been searching for a way to enter the security space, he said: "In security, there is a tremendous need for data management, backup, and archiving of millions of security events that need to be stored and investigated, not to mention all the ways storage is used for compliance to regulations."

Meanwhile, Symantec needed to follow through on its Information Integrity Strategy, which promises to keep customers' businesses up and running, no matter what happens.

"That's a big promise and data management is a big part of that," Hunt said.

Symantec also wanted to make a bigger push into the enterprise, which Veritas provides. "It's a way for Symantec to build out its portfolio of enterprise scale products and to make the better case that it's a big-time player."

Andrew Braunberg, analyst at Current Analysis, said Symantec's vision of integrating security and data protection has a lot of potential. One obvious area would be to provide threat-based data backup as part of a more comprehensive protection strategy, he said.

Such integration will become increasingly attractive as companies face the pressure of compliancy requirements, Braunberg said.

"Realistically, though, a merger of this size is a huge challenge from a cultural, sales, product, and channel perspective," he added.

With more and more companies designating a chief risk officer who is responsible for security, data protection, and disaster recovery, Symantec is well positioned with its acquisition of Veritas, according to Jon Oltsik, analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group.

"As this trend propagates across industries, Symantec's Information Integrity theme will move from vision to common sense and the combined company will be in the cat bird's seat to take a leadership position," he said.

www.symantec.com

www.veritas.com

 

 

Share this article:

Sign up to our newsletters

More in News

Firefox 32 feature could cut undetected malware downloads 'in half'

Mozilla plans to introduce a feature in Firefox 32 that, based on preliminary testing, could cut the amount of undetected malware downloads in half.

EFF asks court to find NSA internet spying a violation of Fourth Amendment

EFF asks court to find NSA internet spying ...

Complete with a colorful graphic, the EFF showed a federal court how the NSA essentially runs a digital dragnet that can pick up innocent Americans.

Study: Asian Android users at higher risk of malware exposure

Cheetah Mobile's new study showed that Asian Android users have a two to three times greater risk of downloading malware onto their devices.