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Symantec Launches Storage United

LAS VEGAS -- Symantec Corp. (NasdaqGS:SYMC - News) today announced Storage United, a new business initiative designed to help enterprise storage professionals address the root causes behind the growing cost and complexity of their storage environments. Symantec's Storage United strategy provides a software-oriented approach to enable even the largest, most heterogeneous data center environments to unite their diverse storage platforms, to unite their isolated islands of storage administration, and to unite storage operations with the business by delivering storage as a service.

The Storage Problem

Enterprises of all sizes and across all industry segments continue to face daunting storage challenges. Symantec estimates that data volumes are doubling every two years, yet industry-average storage utilization rates remain at 30 to 35 percent. Enormous amounts of duplicate data are unnecessarily filling up expensive storage systems and IT organizations are increasingly aware that storage plays a significant role in creating the space, power and cooling problems that have pushed many data centers to their breaking points. If enterprises are to effectively address these storage challenges, they must attack the root causes: the platform problem, the administration problem and the business problem.

Uniting the Platforms

The platform problem stems from the reality that today's data centers rely on multiple operating systems, virtual machine environments, storage hardware platforms and storage networking technologies. Because each hardware vendor typically offers tools designed to work only on their particular platform, enterprises are forced to manage a vast number of point tools to operate their heterogeneous data centers. As the complexity in a data center worsens, the ability for IT to meet aggressive service levels within severely constrained IT budgets becomes almost impossible.

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