Partnership set to improve BPM and BI solutions

Hyperion Solutions Corp., the developer of business performance management (BPM) software, has partnered with Veritas Software Corp. to deliver Veritas clustering capability for Hyperion Essbase. As a result of this partnership, Hyperion says that it will also provide support for Veritas Cluster Server.

The partnership was formed to address the increased customer demand for BPM and business intelligence (BI) solutions with mission-critical performance and availability, says Marc Scheepbouwer, CEO of local Hyperion distributor, Global Technology Business Intelligence (GBI).

"BPM and BI solutions are increasingly recognized as core to any organization, helping to improve overall business performance," Scheepbouwer says. "The partnership with Veritas will allow Hyperion to deliver a high-availability solution."

Supporting the performance and scalability features in its Hyperion BI platform, the company plans to deliver the Veritas clustering capabilities for Hyperion Essbase on several platforms, including Microsoft Windows, Hewlett-Packard Co.'s HP-UX, IBM's Unix AIX, Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris, and Linux.

"The Hyperion solution will undergo rigorous testing and certification to verify interoperability with Veritas disaster recovery solutions that enable customers to keep their global BI and BPM systems running at all times," Scheepbouwer says.

According to IDC and the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), Veritas Cluster Server is a multi-platform clustering solution. The server aims to reduce application and database downtime by monitoring resources in each. The Veritas Cluster Server determines the status of these resources, and starts or stops them according to external events, the company adds.

In the event of an application, database or server fault, Veritas Cluster Server is designed to detect the error, and to take appropriate action, by transferring the services to another server that can best host the application or database. The servers that host the application or database can be located at a single site or across a wide area.

"BPM solutions from Hyperion offer important capabilities to support business decision-making with accurate planning, monitoring and reporting of business and financial applications," Scheepbouwer says. "Companies cannot tolerate downtime of these applications. Veritas Cluster Server will help to ensure that these solutions are always available. Together, Veritas and Hyperion will help customers to increase efficiency, and to maximize business productivity."

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