By Lisa Coleman
Veritas is expected to finalize its $59 million acquisition of virtualization technology start-up Ejasent at the end of the month. Mountain View, CA-based Ejasent specializes in application virtualization, and Veritas plans to use the technology to enhance its own product line.
The Ejasent acquisition comes on the heels of EMC's $635 million acquisition of VMware, also a virtualization company, which was finalized last week. However, VMware's technology enables multiple operating systems--Windows, Linux, and NetWare--to run simultaneously and independently on the same Intel-based server or workstation. VMware does not virtualize applications, say analysts.
While both Ejasent and VMware are in the same broad category of data-center virtualization, their approaches differ greatly because Ejasent focuses on applications and VMware targets virtual servers, says Jamie Gruener, senior analyst, enterprise computing and networking, for the Yankee Group consulting firm.
Most analysts agree that the timing of Veritas' acquisition was not in response to EMC's acquisition of VMware.
"Veritas needed a way to link the management of storage, storage networks, and server assets to the requirements of applications and make applications portable, which is what Ejasent brings to the party. Its software has the ability to virtualize applications so they can be made portable," says Bill North, research director for storage systems at International Data Corp.
Veritas defined a utility computing strategy last year when its acquisitions of Jareva Technologies (server provisioning software) and Precise Software (storage resource management software) were complete. The acquisitions moved Veritas beyond its storage-centric roots and into applications performance management.
As part of its utility computing building blocks, Veritas plans to integrate Ejasent's UpScale software into Veritas' Cluster Server software. UpScale enables application movement from one server to another without disrupting or terminating the application. The software takes a snapshot of an application and its state, preserving all current settings and data, and transfers it to a different server in near real-time.
By integrating UpScale and Cluster Server, Veritas says users will be able to migrate an application to a new server without losing any transactions. "The snapshot-restore technology that's part of UpScale is critical to our initiative of high-availability applications and fits very well with Cluster Server," says Bob Maness, senior director of product marketing at Veritas.
Ejasent's other product is MicroMeasure--software that enables usage-based metering and billing of physical and logical data-center assets, including servers, storage, and application transactions by specific users and departments. It runs on Solaris, Windows, Linux, and HP-UX. MicroMeasure will be integrated into Veritas' CommandCentral Service software.
Next quarter, Veritas plans to deliver both UpScale and MicroMeasure as Veritas-branded stand-alone products until sometime in 2005 when both products will be integrated with Cluster Server and CommandCentral. UpScale will be available initially on Solaris, with a Linux version set for release in early 2005.