Veritas has entered the fray in two emerging disciplines, launching products for utility computing and data lifecycle management.
Utility computing is a series of technologies that enable data processing and storage capabilities to be offered on a pay-per-use basis.
Despite being new the Veritas utility computing tool, CommandCentral Service, has been suffixed with 3.5 to put it in sync with the latest release of the company's core set of products, the Foundation Suite.
The software relies on the customer having the Foundation Suite (Veritas File System, Volume Manager and SanPoint Control) in place, but supports other file systems to operate in environments where Veritas file-sharing technology is not in use.
Similarly, though operating preferentially with Veritas back-up packages, CommandCentral Service supports products such as Legato's Networker for work in mixed environments.
The first two modules of CommandCentral Service are for storage and recovery, said Mark Bregman, executive vice president of product operations at Veritas. The firm will add availability and server provisioning in the first half of 2004 and application performance in the second.
Veritas Data Lifecycle Manager, though new, has a 5.0 release number to put it in sync with the company's latest NetBackup product.
Bregman pointed out that information lifecycle management, a favourite topic of storage hardware giant EMC since its mid-year acquisition of Legato, goes beyond the Veritas Data Lifecycle Manager product.
"Data Lifecycle Manager is about online, offline and archive data management, whereas information lifecycle management adds content management, which we won't do," he said.
Hamish Macarthur, a director of analyst firm Macarthur Stroud, said Veritas was "playing to its own strengths" with CommandCentral, by addressing back-up and recovery.
Similarly, with Data Lifecycle Manager, Macarthur said: "Its starting point is back-up and recovery, which is already in place within users' environments."
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