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Veritas To Provide Server Provisioning Software Via Intel Server OEMs

Veritas Software has signed an agreement with Intel under which Intel will offer Veritas' server provisioning software as an option for vendors that build blade servers based on Intel's Itanium processor.

The Veritas OpForce software, which the vendor got with its acquisition of Jareva Technology in December, will ship as Intel Deployment Manager by Veritas OpForce, Veritas executives said.

The software automates the configuration and deployment of multiple servers at once, as opposed to traditional manual configuration and deployment of one server at a time, said Troy Toman, senior director of product management for utility computing at Veritas.

Veritas has been looking at a number of likely distribution channels for its provisioning software and saw a need among integrators of Itanium-based blade servers, Toman said.

The OEM version is a fully functional server provisioning application and is not intended to be a teaser with dumbed-down features aimed at getting end users to purchase an upgrade, Toman said. The main difference between it and the full version is that the OEM version is aimed only at Linux and Windows environments on the Intel platform and does not include full multiplatform capabilities, he said.

Mark Teter, CTO of Advanced Systems Group, a Denver-based solution provider, said the OEM deal is part of what appears to be a gradual move by Veritas into the OEM market with its software.

Should Veritas continue to make similar OEM deals with other vendors, the company could be a significant player in the provisioning market, Teter said. "Imagine what it would be like if Cisco gets every one of its routers powered by OpForce," he said.

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