Veritas Software has shored up its utility computing vision with a $US59 million buyout of Ejasent, a five-year-old vendor of application virtualisation software.
Ejasent makes software to non-disruptively move applications from server to server based on rules set by an IT manager. It also offers chargeback software, an essential part of any utility-computing implementation in that it lets customers be charged for their actual use of assets.
CIO for international accounting firm Deloitte in Amsterdam, Eric Ubels, uses Veritas Cluster Server and is familiar with Ejasent’s products.
“Ejasent can virtualise clusters and make applications that are not cluster-aware, basically cluster-aware, which is very interesting,” he said. “If you have to do maintenance on a machine, you can automatically transfer the application to another machine, do the maintenance and then transfer it back.”
Ejasent’s products fit with Veritas’ other products, including those obtained from earlier acquisitions of Jareva Technologies and Precise Software Solutions.
A company using Veritas Cluster Server could monitor its systems’ performance and capacity with Precise’s i3 software, provision more resources with Jareva’s OpForce software and shift around applications using Ejasent’s UpScale.
Ejasent’s MicroMeasure could be used to charge back departments for resource use.
Initially, Veritas will sell the Ejasent products as they are, but by mid-2005 plans to have UpScale integrated with Veritas Cluster Server and MicroMeasure bundled with its Command Central product.