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February 2005

Perspectives: Symantec, Veritas pairing to change security

Symantec's merger with Veritas will change security managers' lives. Technology purchasing managers and investors have skewered the merger of security giant Symantec and storage stalwart Veritas because of the apparent disconnect: These two companies--their products, channels and customers--couldn't be farther apart. But, Symantec and Veritas do share a vision: a new technology landscape and marketplace that will quickly evolve and affect everyone in the security and storage communities. The bold merger will dramatically shift the way enterprise customers look at infrastructure software. Symantec foresees a security market that is subsumed by infrastructure and network management; security will become a FEATURE, not a core offering. The merger will give the company an early lead in this emerging space by combining data management and integrity capabilities. It's the evolutionary equivalent of fish leaving the sea and learning to walk. The biggest obstacle facing Symantec and those that follow its lead is convincing customers ...

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