BOSTON – LINUXWORLD CONFERENCE & EXPO - February 15, 2005 - VERITAS Software Corporation (Nasdaq: VRTS) today announced that The Weather Channel® is using VERITAS software to deploy a three-tier storage model, resulting in a 70 percent increase in storage hardware utilization within its datacenter and significant cost savings. In addition, using VERITAS software on lower-cost Linux servers has enabled The Weather Channel to reduce its total server cost of ownership by 90 percent. The Weather Channel relies on VERITAS Storage Foundation™ for Linux and VERITAS NetBackup™ software for enterprise-class storage management and data protection for their HP servers running Linux. The Weather Channel’s IT systems are integral to the network’s ability to deliver accurate, timely weather information to millions of subscribers each day.
The Weather Channel is the pre-eminent provider of weather information in the United States. Founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1982, The Weather Channel produces continuous, 24-hour national, regional and local weather-related programming. The network is accessed by more than 88 million households and can be seen in 95 percent of all cable TV homes nationwide. The Weather Channel hosts a staff of more than 120 expert meteorologists who use state-of-the-art systems to provide in-depth analysis and 24-hour tracking of international, national and local weather conditions.
VERITAS Helps Ensure High Availability for Critical Weather Data Using VERITAS software to help ensure that critical weather data and satellite images are available 24/7, The Weather Channel has experienced a 20 percent improvement in the performance of its WeatherPro application, which provides meteorologists with all of the weather information they use to analyze and publish weather forecasts for on-air broadcasts.
“Millions of people depend on The Weather Channel to provide constantly-updated information to keep them informed as dangerous weather conditions approach. Ensuring that our core applications are up and running is vital to our success,” said Kevin Gungiah, director of systems administration, The Weather Channel. “We began using VERITAS NetBackup software in 1998 and we’ve had nothing but success with the product. With NetBackup, we’ve reduced data recovery time from more than 24 hours to less than 3 hours, helping to ensure that we can deliver up-to-the minute reports to our viewers without interruption.”
The Weather Channel’s storage capacity has more than tripled in the past two years—from 15 terabytes in 2002 to nearly 58 terabytes today. To manage this growth, keep storage costs down and improve utilization, The Weather Channel relies on a Linux-based infrastructure using low-cost hardware. The Weather Channel is using VERITAS Storage Foundation for Linux for enterprise-proven storage management on Linux.
“Our biggest priority is driving down expenses while maintaining or exceeding performance and we’ve embraced Linux because of the cost efficiencies and flexibility it provides. VERITAS provides us with the same levels of availability, flexibility and manageability that we’ve come to expect on UNIX, while taking advantage of low-cost hardware,” said Gungiah. “Using VERITAS software on Linux, we’ve lowered our server total cost of ownership by 90 percent.”
Tiered Storage Model Increases Utilization By 70 Percent Using VERITAS software, The Weather Channel has also adopted a three-tier storage model that allows them to prioritize their most critical data and applications to help drastically increase storage utilization rates. “Using VERITAS in a tiered storage model, we’ve been able to take advantage of less expensive storage hardware to support non-mission-critical applications. Through better allocation of our storage resources, we’ve increased storage utilization by 70 percent, resulting in a dramatic increase in efficiency within our data center.”
As The Weather Channel continues to expand its Linux-based environment, they plan to continue working with VERITAS as a strategic technology partner for the company. “The heterogeneous capabilities that VERITAS provides, including support for Linux, are unparalleled in the industry and VERITAS will play a pivotal role as we complete our full migration to Linux in the future,” added Gungiah.
About VERITAS Software
VERITAS Software, one of the 10 largest software companies in the world, is a leading provider of software and services to enable utility computing. In a utility computing model, IT resources are aligned with business needs, and business applications are delivered with optimal performance and availability on top of shared computing infrastructure, minimizing hardware and labor costs. With 2004 revenue of $2.04 billion, VERITAS delivers products and services for data protection, storage & server management, high availability and application performance management that are used by 99 percent of the Fortune 500. More information about VERITAS Software can be found at www.veritas.com
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