Veritas Advances Utility Computing Mission

At its Vision Conference, Veritas debuts new and revitalized products from its CommandCentral family and outlines the direction of its MicroMeasure usage-metering technology.

To help drive its utility computing agenda, Veritas Software Corp. on Tuesday is introducing new and revitalized products from its CommandCentral family and is outlining the direction of MicroMeasure, the usage-metering technology acquired through its acquisition of Ejasent Inc.

Unveiled at the storage vendors Veritas Vision Conference in Las Vegas, CommandCentral Storage 4.0 and CommandCentral Availability 4.0 are joining the bolstered CommandCentral Service 4.0 portal as new Veritas offerings designed to help customers better attain desired service levels, streamline discovery and incorporate optimized storage infrastructure management, said officials of Mountain View, Calif., company. The new CommandCentral software is scheduled to be available in July.

The enhanced CommandCentral portal features a new workflow engine capable of ensuring the modeling and automation of services including server provisioning, storage provisioning and the protection of data. To keep an eye on application availability, CommandCentral Availability imports features from Veritas Global Cluster Manager to monitor and maintain centralized cluster activity for reporting purposes.

CommandCentral Storage brings together the muscle of Veritas SANPoint Control—the storage software providers storage area network (SAN) management software—and Storage Reporter into a single tool to track the entire online and offline storage operation.

Also at the conference, Veritas announced Tuesday the availability of Veritas MicroMeasure. Earmarked as a key building block of Veritas utility computing mission, Veritas MicroMeasure offers usage-based metering, cost allocation and charge-back billing of the entire gamut of physical and logical pieces of a data center environment. Veritas MicroMeasure performs this through individual department consumption of storage, application, server consumption and other utility services.

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Later this year, Veritas MicroMeasure will be delivered as part of a future version of Veritas CommandCentral Service.

In other developments, Veritas officials said UpScale, another key component of Ejasent technology (Veritas purchased Ejasent in January for $59 million in cash) that enables application virtualization from one server to another, is on tap to become available in early 2005 as an add-on extension to Veritas Cluster Server software.

Pricing for ComandCentral software products starts at $20,000.

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