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Veritas Software rolled out a variety of storage software Tuesday at its annual Veritas Vision user conference, software that runs on IBM AIX 5L operating system, giving Veritas customers interoperability and common management in heterogeneous networks.

As expected, the company announced that its Veritas Foundation Suite, Volume Replicator, Cluster Server, FlashSnap, Database Edition for DB2 and Oracle, and NetBackup DataCenter products work on AIX, as well as Windows NT/2000, Linux, Solaris and HP-UX.

The Veritas software runs on all IBM Corp. eServer pSeries machines. Extending Veritas functionality to AIX brings with it a number of features that have not been available to AIX customers before. The FlashSnap software represents the first time AIX customers are able to take point-in-time images of their data. It also lets them replicate data between locations based on software only, not hardware. Users with Veritas Volume Manager will be able to establish more than one path to shared information, increasing data availability. Additionally, users can expect greater performance on Oracle and DB2 databases because of the storage management software integration, the company says.

Veritas Foundation Suite is an overarching storage management suite that simplifies the monitoring and management of Veritas Volume Manager with the Veritas File System.

The Volume Replicator lets users copy data among up to 32 different locations for disaster recovery. Cluster Server manages the failover of servers in heterogeneous environments.

The Database Edition allows the management and performance of IBM DB2 and Oracle databases used on AIX systems.

Finally, NetBackup DataCenter is a network backup and recovery package available for Windows NT/2000, Linux, Unix, Sun Solaris, HP-UX and AIX.

Working with AIX is a natural for Veritas, which on Monday this week stated it wanted to be considered the "Switzerland" of storage software. According to IDC, IBM now has the largest market share for Unix servers - in the fourth quarter of 2001, IBM edged out Sun with 26.9 percent of the Unix market share. Sun had 26.8 percent, IDC claims.

With IBM, Veritas will work with customers on the testing and validation of storage products and on consulting, implementation and support with IBM Global Services.

Veritas Foundation Suite is US$5,100; Volume Replicator is $9,000; Cluster Server is $6,000; FlashSnap is $3,000; NetBackup is $10,000; and, Database Edition for DB2 and Oracle are $6,400 and $7,900, respectively. All products except the Database Edition are available now. Veritas Database Edition is expected to be available in the third quarter of 2002. AIX capability will also be enabled on Veritas SANPoint Control and Global Cluster Manager, starting in the fourth quarter of this year.

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