Veritas Software Corp., Mountain View, Calif., launched the latest addition to its storage management arsenal called ServPoint Appliance software for SAN and NAS.
The company said ServPoint software transforms Sun servers and Sun or third party storage into dedicated storage appliances for UNIX and Windows/NT clients.
Roland Schmidt, senior director of product management for Veritas said ServPoint is built on top of the Veritas Volume Manager and takes industry standard components and turns them into a storage appliance to provide shared file serving or shared disk capabilities.
ServPoint also consolidates backup operations across multiple storage appliances.
This represents a new tack toward storage virtualization for Veritas by utilizing an in-band, or in-the-network, approach. Storage appliances provide a dedicated solution for provisioning, managing and serving storage throughout the network.
Randy Kerns, partner and analyst for the Evaluator Group Inc., Boulder, Colo., said companies like FalconStor Software Inc., and DataCore Software Inc., take a similar approach to Veritas.
But the company is not abandoning host-based virtualization. Veritas has plans to run the virtual gamut by providing virtualization in software, hardware and in an appliance on the network.
"Vendors who try to convince you that any one way to do virtualization is better are doing a disservice," said Kerns. "One size does not fit all."
Kerns said the way you tackle virtualization is dependent upon your infrastructure and storage requirements. He said Veritas recognizes this and is hedging its bets by covering the entire spectrum.
Kerns said ServPoint NAS software is similar to Microsoft's Server Appliance Kit, which enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to create server appliance products based on the Microsoft Windows operating system..
ServPoint software is available now in pre-integrated or software-only versions. ServPoint NAS, which serves storage at the file level, beings at $3000. ServPoint SAN serves block-level storage and starts at $25,000.Let us know what you think about the story, e-mail Kevin Komiega, assistant news editor
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