Veritas releases OpForce 4.0

Veritas Software on Monday will announce a new version of its OpForce provisioning software designed to make it easier for administrators to install and manage applications, as well as operating systems, on servers. Version 4.0 of the software will be the first version of the product to be integrated with Veritas's Storage Foundation software products, company officials said.

OpForce is based on software acquired in Veritas's December 2002 purchase of Jareva Technologies, and the 4.0 release represents the first time the software can be used to manage and set up applications as well as operating systems, said Jill Stevenson, a Veritas spokeswoman.

The new version of OpForce is now integrated with the Volume Manager and File System software that comprise Veritas Storage Foundation. Integration with Veritas Cluster Server, which had been expected with this release, has now been pushed back until the first half of 2005, Stevenson said.

As part of an April agreement between the two companies, OpForce has now been changed for better integration with BEA Systems' WebLogic application server. This means that WebLogic users will be able to use features such as pre-configured templates to more easily manage their software for use with OpForce, according to Benjamin Renaud, deputy chief technology officer of BEA. Support for OpForce has been integrated into WebLogic 8.1 service pack 3, he said.

OpForce can be used to provision any application and a variety of operating systems including Windows, Linux, Solaris and AIX, Stevenson said. The software, which is scheduled to ship in November, comes with a management server that costs US$7,500, and users must pay another US$500 per processor on servers that are managed by OpForce.

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