Veritas aims to ensure business continuity

Veritas Software Corp. has announced the immediate availability of Veritas Application Saver software, a companion product for Veritas i3 application performance management (APM) software.

The new software aims to ensure business continuity by improving server utilization, and by preventing common software faults from becoming failures in large, distributed software applications.

Undiscovered memory leaks, buffer overwrites and thread management issues are the types of problems that can cause intermittent faults and failures. These may take days or even weeks before they are recognized as problems within the millions of lines of code that now characterize large corporate applications. Left uncorrected, these common problems can affect the scalability of an application, leading to the installation of additional servers to meet end-user capacity requirements.

To ensure business continuity and to minimize the need for extra servers, Veritas Application Saver software is designed to monitor applications in real time and to provide on-the-fly fixes to these common software errors. In addition, the new software aims to help troubleshooting by capturing detailed, line-by-line "forensic" snapshots that aim to reconstruct the sequence of events that led to the application fault or failure.

"It is difficult to address business users' concerns about application performance and reliability without supporting data," says Sam Angel, regional product manager at Veritas Software. "Veritas Application Saver software provides this data, and allows ICT staff to focus on delivering new services, rather than sustaining applications with scalability, bottlenecks and intermittent errors."

When used in combination with the Veritas i3 application performance management software suite, Veritas Application Saver software is designed to add application reliability management to provide a comprehensive and heterogeneous solution for managing enterprise applications.

"Utility computing is a computing model that delivers ICT as a measurable service, aligned with business needs and capable of adapting to changing demands," says Angel. "Application performance is one of the key building blocks of Veritas' utility computing strategy, since the utter reliance that businesses have on their information systems means that these businesses can come to a halt when their ICT systems are unavailable.

"Poorly performing systems also will result in poorly performing organizations and poor customer perception of these companies. Businesses that understand these issues have moved beyond traditional availability initiatives, usually focusing on uptime only, and are implementing programs with a broader view of availability that address both system uptime and user response time," he concludes.

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