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CA, Symantec lay off staff; other news

Layoffs in the air as CA, Symantec cut heads; NetApp to buy Bycast; Branch office virtualization: Is it worth the hassle?

IT channel news in brief for April 7, 2010

Layoffs in the air as CA, Symantec cut heads

The economy may be rebounding but you'd never know it by the downsizing that's going on in the tech sector.

Both CA and Symantec Corp. launched layoffs this week. CA was the more public of the two, announcing Tuesday that it would cut 1,000 employees or about 8% of its payroll. About 135 of those cuts will come in and around the company's Islandia, Long Island, headquarters. A CA insider said this is a pretty substantial whack. The issue is top-line revenue, this source said. One reason John Swainson is out as CEO was that he was unable to grow that , this insider said.

Symantec is more circumspect. The company is cutting 20% of some groups, including midmarket sales and is downsizing some of its storage backup efforts, cutting some employees that came over in Symantec's acquisition of Veritas.

Storage Soup blogger Beth Pariseau confirmed that Symantec is downsizing its Lindon, Utah, office, which focuses on Backup Exec System Recovery (BESR) and Enterprise Vault.

A company spokesman would only say that Symantec is always working to get more efficient but would not comment specifically on layoffs. The leaks keep coming, however. Now word is that the company is closing its Beaverton, Ore., office.

Symantec employs about 17,500 people worldwide. It will announce FY and Q4 2010 year-end results on May 5.

NetApp to buy Bycast

NetApp plans to buy Bycast Inc., a maker of storage virtualization software for use on very large, distributed repositories of images, videos and records. Privately-held Bycast is based in Vancouver, B.C.

NetApp said Bycast has helped 250 customers reduce the administrative burden of managing huge quantities of data across geographies.

Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in May, were not disclosed.

Branch office virtualization: Is it worth the hassle?

While virtualization is a no-brainer in most data centers, the jury's still out as to whether it's cost effective to virtualize smaller remote offices.

Finding the right mix of affordable servers and storage for those sites can be tough, IT managers told

Some IT pros said cost of virtualization software isn't an issue, but they want the branch offices to have high-value SAN storage analogous to what they have in HQ, which can put the cost out of reach.

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