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VERITAS Adds Linux Support for Utility Computing

Like many software companies, VERITAS Software has queued up a news announcement surrounding the Linux operating system in time for the LinuxWorld Expo in New York City this week.

VERITAS, a storage software outfit evolving into a utility computing company, said it has expanded storage, clustering and server provisioning support for SUSE LINUX and VMware to give customers another alternative to Microsoft Windows, Unix and other platforms.

Like rivals IBM, HP and EMC, VERITAS is working to carve out territory in the on-demand computing space, in which computing resources are piped to users on an as-needed basis. Ranajit Nevatia of VERITAS said his company believes the time is right to embrace Linux more than it ever has because the number of customers seeking enterprise storage and high availability features on Linux is growing.

This is because, according to IDC analyst Dan Kuznetsky, organizations are looking for ways to lower their technology acquisition costs through open-source software such as Linux.

Because VERITAS is looking to provide all kinds of businesses with the building blocks for utility computing, such as clustering, server provisioning and virtualization, Nevatia said it was imperative to include Linux, which is, by many expert accounts, the fastest growing operating system.

Nevatia told internetnews.com that VERITAS Cluster Server and VERITAS Foundation Suite, which includes VERITAS File System and VERITAS Volume Manager, are now available on SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server.

So, too, is OpForce, the server provisioning software VERITAS picked up from its purchase of Jareva Technologies last year. OpForce is now on version 3.2, which has new time saving features when migrating servers to Linux for server consolidation. With OpForce 3.2, customers can provision bare metal and blade servers running on SUSE and Red Hat.

Also, the VERITAS Cluster Server for Linux is now available for VMware ESX Server to offer customers the first high availability option for VMware. VMware allows multiple instances of Linux, Red Hat or SUSE LINUX, Microsoft Windows and Novell Netware to run on a single Intel server.

VERITAS Cluster Server for VMware, Nevatia said, can monitor each of the virtual machines within the VMware ESX Server and failover any of the machines to another node in the cluster, or to an entire server in the event a server fails.

All of these VERITAS products were previously available for Red Hat's Linux platform, but Nevatia said that Novell's purchase of SUSE made the SUSE server all the more attractive to his company because it means SUSE will have staying power.