Veritas Bolsters Utility-Computing Strategy With Acquisition

Veritas' purchase of Ejasent, which employs 21 people, is expected to be complete by the end of this month when the young company will start to be fully integrated into Veritas' High Availability/Clustering group.

Ejasent has what Veritas considers some key virtualization technology for its utility-computing marketing plan, and that includes two core products: UpScale software and MicroMeasure. Ejasent's UpScale offers the ability to move an application from one server to another without disrupting or terminating the application, says Marty Ward, director of product marketing at Veritas.

The way UpScale works is it takes a snapshot of an application and preserves all its current settings and data, and then transfers it to a different server in real time without disrupting service to end users. That helps IT managers reduce the time and resources needed during planned upgrades and application maintenance. UpScale technology introduces an abstraction layer between the applications and the underlying server and operating system, making it possible to quickly move applications across different resources in a data center.

Ejasent's MicroMeasure, which will be rolled into Veritas' CommandCentral Service product, enables IT managers to conduct metering and billing of the physical and logical assets within a data center. It tracks end users' transactions on servers, storage and applications. CommandCentral Service (CCS) is Veritas' tool that helps track resource use throughout the IT environment. According to Ward, CommandCentral did some reporting and billing, but MicroMeasure will enable Veritas to extend that "ability further." Currently, CCS tracks information for billable services on Veritas' backup and online storage products to evaluate for charge-back services. MicroMeasure, which will be rolled into CCS over time, will extend the tracking capability to look at CPU usage, I/O utilization and storage capacity, Ward says.

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Veritas expects to deliver UpScale and MicroMeasure software's capabilities next quarter. UpScale initially will be available on Solaris, with a Linux version set for release in early 2005. MicroMeasure runs on Solaris, Windows, Linux and HP-UX.

Veritas' utility-computing strategy focuses on three tiers: availability, performance and automation. UpScale falls in the availability section while MicroMeasure is part of the automation section.