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Veritas tips its virtual Red Hat

Veritas is banking on the growth of Linux by bringing its storage virtualization platform - Veritas Foundation Suite - to the Red Hat Linux server operating environment.

Veritas Software Corp., Mountain View, Calif., announced that its Veritas Foundation Suite storage virtualization platform now supports Red Hat Linux.

Veritas said Foundation Suite users can now manage storage across all of their UNIX servers, including Red Hat Linux.

The Veritas Software storage virtualization platform uses online storage management and file system technology to optimize and simplify storage hardware usage, the company said.

Mike Karp, senior analyst Enterprise Management Associates Inc., Boulder, Colo., said Veritas, like much of the storage industry, is showing a commitment to Linux as an enterprise server platform.

Karp said it is useful that Veritas is extending its virtualization tools to Linux, but there's more than one way to skin a cat.

Veritas' host-based approach to virtualization is but one way to manage storage. Virtualization can also be implemented in the network or in the storage hardware itself.

"It will be interesting to see how [Veritas'] mainframe-class data protection is viewed in IT rooms that already have their mainframes protected by other solutions such as Tivoli's Storage Manager and Computer Associate's BrightStor," Karp said.

Veritas Foundation Suite combines file system and volume management technologies to create a management platform for enterprise storage and storage area network (SAN) environments.

This is not Veritas' first foray into the Linux world. The company's data protection product, Veritas NetBackup, supports the operating system and its high availability clustering software will join the ranks of Linux-ready software later this year.

Linux is a Unix-like operating system that was designed to be free, or very low-cost. It is known for its speed and efficiency, and contrary to other proprietary operating systems, it is publicly open and developers can write programs that can be ported to other operating systems.

Veritas Foundation Suite supports Red Hat Linux 7.2 Standard Edition, and selected prior versions of Red Hat Linux 7.1.

Users can buy Veritas Foundation Suite 1.1 now, with pricing starting at $1,500 per single-CPU server. Veritas FlashSnap, a separately licensed option that enables point-in-time copying, is also available now for $750.

Let us know what you think about the story, e-mail Kevin Komiega, assistant news editor


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