EMC Tabs Rival to Boost Database Performance

In a partnership between two competitors seemingly moving toward the utility computing front, Veritas Software Tuesday unveiled software that bundles its application performance management (APM) software with EMC storage arrays to improve database performance on EMC platforms.

Veritas Storage Extension links the Mountain View, Calif., company’s Indepth APM software with EMC arrays to help IT managers customize and tune applications and databases for their EMC storage systems. With it, Veritas says IT managers will be able to detect, diagnose and correct performance problems by monitoring every transaction in real-time.

APM software manages software performance on the fly, adapting and making changes according to business needs. These are keystone functions of utility computing systems that automate computing tasks, freeing up an administrator to address other jobs.

In the spirit of cooperative competition between Veritas and EMC, who both make storage management software, the new storage extension allows Veritas Indepth for Oracle and Veritas Indepth for SQL Server to display performance metrics from EMC Symmetrix and CLARiiON storage arrays. It also allows Veritas Indepth for DB2 UDB software to display performance metrics from EMC Symmetrix storage arrays.

A self-described “pillar” of Veritas’ utility computing strategy, APM software is designed to enhance application performance and storage efficiency and automate tasks. Veritas significantly bolstered its APM suite when it acquired Precise Solutions earlier this year, with an eye toward competing with vendors such as IBM, HP and Sun Microsystems on the utility computing front.

Hopkinton, Mass.-based EMC appears headed along the utility computing track after moving to acquire virtualization software specialist VMware for $635 million last week.

Sageza Research Director Charles King recently told internetnews.com that he expected EMC to make some moves to improve its database performance capabilities now that it has archiving, content management and, should the VMware deal close, virtualization in place. The EMC/Veritas play appears to be a realization of that theory.

EMC has already partnered with database archiving software provider OuterBay to beef up its information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy for managing the complete lifeline of data.

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