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Veritas Retools Server Provisioning

Adding a big piece to its utility computing jigsaw puzzle, Veritas Software rewrote its OpForce server provisioning software to include application discovery and configuration.

OpForce Enterprise Edition 4.0 saves businesses time and money by letting administrators discover, provision, configure and track several different brands of servers and applications across data centers. The release completes the company's server provisioning roadmap, according to Jeffrey Hausman, director of storage and server management.

The new OpForce software automatically delegates servers and tunes applications within a data center, boosting infrastructure utilization. To make software that manages infrastructure in a data center more potent, OpForce Enterprise Edition 4.0 detects and manages dissimilar server configurations on the fly, with little human intervention.

Hausman also said Veritas engineers added point-in-time snapshot and reprovisioning perks to OpForce to abide by regulatory compliance, which has grown more demanding in the wake of accounting scandals.

Analysts say such automation technology is a key function of a utility computing architecture. The Mountain View, Calif., company, a known leader in storage management and back-up software, has been brewing its utility computing plan for two years. Veritas added the OpForce line two years ago with the acquisition of Jareva Technologies.

Server vendors IBM , HP and Sun Microsystems naturally offer some flavor of server provisioning. Microsoft , Altiris and Opsware offer point remedies. But with the arrival of OpsForce 4.0, no other vendor offers as broad a server provisioning package as Veritas, Hausman claimed.

Despite the increased focus on a pervasive utility computing plan, Veritas isn't shying away from its bread and butter -- storage. In order to have a more cohesive utility computing platform, the company realized it had to better integrate OpForce with its Storage Foundation software, tying servers and storage management.

This means admins can provision Sun Solaris and IBM AIX servers with storage management software along with operating systems, patches and applications, Hausman said.

OpForce 4.0 software will be available next month, provisioning servers that run IBM AIX, Red Hat and SuSE Linux, Sun Solaris and Microsoft Windows. Pricing starts at $7,500 per management server and $500 per managed CPU.