FRAMINGHAM (04/06/2000) - Veritas Software Corp. has announced a variety of software packages that will make it easier for network professionals to cluster and manage large numbers of Windows NT servers for disaster recovery purposes.
One software package, called Veritas Cluster Server for NT, lets customers create Windows NT server clusters and monitor their activity and status in real time. The package complements software Veritas ships for Solaris and HP-UX.
Veritas also announced Global Cluster Manager for Solaris and Volume Manager for NT, as well as Remote Storage for Microsoft Exchange.
Veritas Cluster Server for NT supports automatic and manual failover from one server to any other server in the cluster, letting customers manage maintenance activities and unplanned downtime. Anywhere from two to 32 Windows NT nodes can be clustered using Cluster Server for NT.
"Veritas Cluster Server for NT is an important product because it enables key applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Internet Information Server, Lotus Domino and SQL Server to scale to meet enterprise-size needs," says Dan Tanner, an analyst at Aberdeen Group in Boston.
The management software that ships with Veritas Cluster Server for NT can monitor up to 256 server clusters from a single console.
"It's critical that the environment is highly available," says Karen O'Neill, manager of technical services for Toysmart.com, an online toy reseller in Waltham, Mass. "Every order we receive on our Web site is processed through a fulfillment distribution system in order for it to be picked, packed and shipped to the customer."
O'Neill uses Veritas Cluster Server for Solaris and is looking at the NT product to cluster the company's SQL Server databases that run the company's inventory information.
Veritas Cluster Server for NT will be available in August for $1,500 per server processor and $500 per managed application. A typical two-node, singleprocessor server cluster for Microsoft Exchange would cost $3,500.
The firm also announced that its cluster management product, Global Cluster Manager for Solaris, will be available in June. The software manages geographically separated clusters from a single console and provides failover capability between servers across WAN links. Veritas has not set pricing yet.
"With Global Cluster Manager, we have a bird's-eye view of the health of the clustered environment," O'Neill says. "It provides us with the tools to failover an application to a secondary server and determine how everything is functioning. We are able to perform necessary maintenance and apply patches without suffering any downtime."
Veritas also announced Volume Manager for NT, software that customers can use to create and manage storage volumes. Volume Manager also increases network availability by failing over storage drives to each other. The package will ship in June. Pricing ranges from $1,700 for a single CPU to $6,600 for an eight-CPU server.