Veritas, OTG, EMC release database software tools

Database administrators got a wider choice of software tools Monday as Veritas Software, OTG Software, and EMC each introduced separate database software products.

Veritas on Monday rolled out two storage virtualization products designed specifically for the IBM DB2 Universal Database market. The new software products mark the beginning of a closer relationship between the two companies as they begin to co-develop storage software and hardware technologies, according to Walter Raisner, vice president and general manager of Big Blue's Storage Products Division.

Veritas Database Edition for DB2 and Veritas Database Edition/HA (high availability) each help storage administrators better manage data resources through virtualization. The HA version adds clustering capabilities for heavier computing environments.

Storage virtualization is becoming increasingly popular among enterprise database administrators as it allows users to allocate storage resources as virtual disks with little or no concern for the complex physical storage architecture.

Version 1.0 of Veritas Database Edition for DB2 and Veritas Database Edition/HA for DB2 starts at US$6,400, according to officials for Veritas, headquartered in Mountain View, California.

OTG Software on Monday launched its DiskXtender Database Edition software. The product also virtualizes database storage for enterprise companies using database platforms such as Oracle 8i, according to OTG officials. Disaster recovery tools such as file snapshotting and remote mirroring are also features of OTG's DiskXtender Database Edition software. Pricing is available though Rockville, Maryland-based OTG.

Storage giant EMC on Monday announced that new versions of its EMC Database Tuner performance management software will operate with the company's Clariion storage systems in Oracle database environments. Clariion systems are EMC's mid-tier storage systems.

For its high-end Symmetrix storage systems, EMC also added Database Tuner support for IBM's DB2 Universal Database, according to EMC officials. Database Tuner assists storage administrators with tools that collect, audit, and map storage information related to the performance of the storage system, EMC officials said.

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