Veritas Preps For Utility Computing

The platform-independent storage software vendor plans to enable provisioning of both storage and servers and leverage its Veritas Vision user and partner conference here this week to help spread the word, company executives said.

Also this week, Veritas plans to enhance its channel program with a new point system designed to reward partners that promote specific Veritas products. Other enhancements include free training and certification programs plus accelerated benefits for solution providers that get certified in certain platforms as soon as possible.

Veritas has always had high-availability software for storage, servers and applications, as well as software to boost storage performance and automation, said Mark Bregman, executive vice president of product operations at the Mountain View, Calif., vendor. But last December, the acquisitions of Precise Software Solutions and Jareva Technologies gave Veritas the technology to monitor and adjust server and application performance as well as provision servers, he said.

As a result, by year-end, Veritas plans to offer software to move the entire data center to a utility computing model similar to those envisioned by Sun Microsystems, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft, Bregman said. Yet, unlike those vendors, Veritas isn't tied to any hardware platforms or operating systems, he noted.

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"We are platform-independent. It's in our DNA," Bregman said.

Scott Pelletier, storage practice manager at Lewan & Associates, a Denver-based solution provider, said Veritas is well-positioned to realize its vision.

"Since Veritas is a pure software company, they are vendor-agnostic, as opposed to the other vendors that act vendor-agnostic," Pelletier said. "But there are hurdles. Other vendors will resist Veritas because they have their own programs. Open storage APIs are coming, but it will take a long time."