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Veritas buys startup's reporting software, bolsters SANPoint Control

Veritas has purchased a product that it hopes will help strengthen its SANPoint Control product. The buy is just the latest in a trend of storage vendors acquiring smaller companies and their products.

Veritas Software Corp. has grabbed up a storage resource management (SRM) and reporting product from NTP Software, a Manchester, N.H.- based startup.

Buying SRM software is all the rage in the storage industry, and Veritas is just the latest vendor to join the acquisition party.

The product, called Storage Reporter, features drill-down reporting and analysis, predictive capacity modeling, quota reporting, cost allocation and chargebacks. Veritas has plans to integrate NTP's Storage Reporter with Veritas' own SANPoint Control management software.

The company said that the combined products will let users track and manage storage infrastructure from the application on through the storage network; manage software and hardware connectivity; track storage usage patterns across direct-attached storage (DAS), network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area networks (SANs); and tape systems in heterogeneous storage environments.

David Hill, vice president of storage research at Boston-based Aberdeen Group Inc., said that the addition of Storage Reporter fills out Veritas' existing SRM products by adding in "classical" SRM reporting features, including quota management, putting Veritas in a better position to compete with other enterprise-level SRM companies, including BMC Software Inc., Computer Associates International Inc., and IBM's Tivoli Software.

Veritas will sell Storage Reporter directly by early December 2002. Over the next six months, Veritas will integrate Storage Reporter with SANPoint Control. Veritas' Volume Manager, File System and Storage Migrator will also be integrated with Storage Reporter.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Randy Kerns, senior analyst for the Evaluator Group Inc., Greenwood Village, Colo., said it's important for mainline vendors to deliver their storage management products soon.

"Customer demand will result in a purchasing decision, and for storage management software it will be one that the customer will stick with for a long time," Kerns said.

He said that acquisitions are a means for a company to get a product into the market quicker and not be shut out. It's really a time-to-market issue with a window of market opportunity.

In an effort to speed development of its own storage resource management software, IBM Corp. recently acquired TrelliSoft, an SRM vendor based in Glen Ellyn, Ill., last August. IBM absorbed TrelliSoft into the IBM Software Group, and TrelliSoft products are now available from IBM's Tivoli Software arm.

EMC Corp. bought Prisa Networks, another privately held supplier of SAN management software. Prisa's software boosted EMC's ability to manage small to medium SAN environments and deliver automated networked storage capabilities.

Let us know what you think about the story. E-mail Kevin Komiega, News Writer


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