Veritas is attempting to take the guess work out of building storage area networks (Sans) by launching a San management architecture called V3.
At its third annual user conference in Anaheim, California on Tuesday, the storage software company also said it planned to establish an integration test centre supported by 15 partners to try and legitimise San technology.
Veritas' new Integration Lab (I Lab), based at the company's Silicon Valley headquarters, will be staffed by about 10 of its employees, who will test San configurations that include products from partners such as Compaq, Storagetek, Hitachi Data Systems, Dell and IBM.
While analysts currently agree that the disadvantage of Sans so far has been that they are unproven and untested technology and standards are immature, Veritas says it will share the experiences of I Lab with its partners, although it will protect such knowledge elsewhere as intellectual property.
Robin Purohit, Veritas' director of product marketing, said: "We will try to proliferate stability in the industry, but we will not be an industry test lab."
Meanwhile, the firm also outlined its V3 San platform, which will initially include three products: the San Access Layer, San Management Tools and Storage Appliance.
The San Access Layer is middleware based on existing and emerging standard protocols and application programming interfaces (APIs) that sits between San devices and storage management applications to enable them to communicate.
The product also enables users to manage San zoning by allocating and separating resources for specific servers from a single console. Zoning has so far been used in Sans to provide security, but has become difficult to manage, especially if there are multiple zones.
The Storage Appliance product pushes services off a host server to the San and includes Veritas' Volume Manager and File System. It will be targeted at OEMs and integrators to bundle with their hardware.
The San Management Tools include modular agents, a Java console and the integrated Veritas V3 San Access Layer to enable customers to manage heterogeneous San environments.
Veritas also announced at the conference that it was extending its 18 month relationship with Oracle. Under the terms of the new deal, the two companies will develop remote mirroring for database disaster recovery and Veritas' will integrate its Net Backup tool with Oracle's Recovery Manager.
The firm is also adding Linux support to its current operating system line up, which includes Solaris, HP/UX and Windows NT, and is in discussions with members of the Monterey initiative to support the new Unix on Intel variant when it ships next year.
Veritas hit the headlines a year ago when it acquired Seagate's Network and Storage Management Group for $1.6 billion to create what it claimed was the world's largest independent storage management software company.
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