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Symantec addresses concerns and re-org rumors

The reorganization of the Storage and Availability Management group within Symantec was the source of widespread speculation in April that the vendor was preparing to divest entirely from the storage busines. Layoffs in the first quarter affected engineers working on Veritas file system, Backup Exec System Recovery (BESR), Enterprise Vault and Storage Foundation. The speculation prompted the vendor to post a statement on its website reiterating its commitment to its storage products.

“A lot of the rumors were way way wild in my view, a lot of the numbers were way off,” Anil Chakravarthy, the storage and availability management group’s new senior vice president, told me this week. He would not disclose the actual numbers, but said there are 920 people in the business unit worldwide now, include 860 engineers.

He confirmed earlier reports that much of the engineering work in this product group has been moved to Symantec’s development centers in China and India, though development continues at Mountain View, Calif. Chakravarthy previously headed up Symantec’s global services division, he said, but prior to that he ran Symantec’s Indian engineering business.

The reorganization came about — at least in part– after the Unix server market “took a sharp dive last year, and we took a dive along with it,” Chakravarthy said. Unix represented the biggest market for Symantec’s storage management and file system products.

For more on Symantec’s specifric plans for its Storage Foundation and Veritas Cluster Server (VCS) products, see our story on SearchStorage.com.

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