Veritas makes utility Vision clear

Veritas makes utility Vision clear

Veritas' metamorphosis is almost complete. The storage software vendor has taken a leap into the land of utility computing and hasn't looked back.

At its Vision 2004 user conference in Las Vegas, Veritas announced new products, available in July, that will assist companies in managing storage and cluster infrastructures.

Expanding its CommandCentral portfolio of products, Veritas introduced CommandCentral Storage 4.0. This product joins Veritas' storage area network (SAN) management application, SANPoint Control and its storage resource management software, Storage Reporter, into one product. It would let users view and report on their storage infrastructure, including the desktop, from a single graphical user interface (GUI), Veritas said.

The new CommandCentral Availability 4.0 is for customers running a clustered environment. Enabling users to manage the cluster and have insight into usage is the hallmark of this product. Additionally, CommandCentral Availability 4.0 centrally stores data about cluster activity, which lets users report on and identify trends in cluster usage.

Veritas has also upgraded its CommandCentral Service by adding an automation engine, which users can customize for consistent modeling, publication, execution and automation infrastructure services such as storage provisioning, server provisioning and data protection.

By the end of 2004, Veritas will integrate MicroMeasure - a product it acquired from Ejasent when it bought the company in January for $US59 million - into CommandCentral Service 4.0. The MicroMeasure component allows for the ability to determine how storage hardware and software are being used by certain users or departments within an organization.

The CommandCentral products will be available in July and will cost $US64,000 for the complete family or separately for $US20,000.

Equally important to Veritas is its support for heterogeneous hardware and software environments. Veritas supports numerous operating systems including Microsoft's Windows, Red Hat's Linux and Novell's SUSE Linux as well as various flavors of Unix, including Sun Microsystems's Solaris, IBM's AIX and HP's UX.

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