Veritas Promises Linux Clustering

FRAMINGHAM (01/28/2000) - Storage management vendor Veritas Software Corp. in Mountain View, Calif., has announced plans to launch Linux versions of all its key products, including its Cluster Server fail-over software.

Cluster Server will be demonstrated at the LinuxWorld show in New York, which opens Wednesday. Other products that will be ported to Linux include the company's NetBackup enterprise backup software and its journaling file system.

All products are scheduled to ship in the second half of this year.

"As [Linux] goes further into the enterprise and into e-business, these sorts of tools will be needed," said Stacey Quandt, an analyst at Giga Information Group Inc. in Cambridge, Mass. But the clustering software will require modifications to the operating system kernel, she said. "The question is: How is this going to be accepted by the open-source community?" said Quandt.

TurboLinux Inc. in Brisbane, Calif., already markets a Linux clustering product called TurboCluster. It faces the same challenge, Quandt said. But Veritas' recently announced relationships with Oracle Corp. and especially Red Hat Inc. may help. "Red Hat employs some of the key [Linux] kernel developers, so they have something of an advantage over TurboLinux," said Quandt.

Veritas product manager Marty Ward said his company's tools will work without modifications to the Linux kernel, though not as quickly.

Pricing for the Linux software wasn't disclosed.

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