Veritas "SANitizes" software
By Dave Simpson
Taking aim at the emerging market for storage area networks (SANs), Mountain View, CA-based Veritas Software recently signed a number of strategic agreements.
So far, Veritas has established partnerships with platform vendors Compaq, Dell, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Sun. Storage hardware partners include Data General`s Clariion unit, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, StorageTek, and Symbios. On the switch and hub front, Veritas will work with Brocade, Gadzoox, McData, and Vixel. And for applications software, Veritas has targeted Oracle, Peoplesoft, and SAP.
Eric Burgner, group product manager at Veritas, expects SAN technology to unfold in three phases. Existing SANs provide local, homogeneous storage device sharing. This phase will be followed by clustering with homogeneous data sharing, wide-area connectivity, and hardware API standards. Eventually, SANs will be capable of heterogeneous device and data sharing, global connectivity, and API standards at the operating system level.
The company`s SAN software strategy is based on its Foundation products--Veritas File System and Volume Manager. Later this month, Veritas will announce and/or begin shipping a number of SAN-related products, including Cluster Server, Storage Optimizer, Planner, and Replicator.