Veritas Software says it is observing the same consolidation trend identified by StorageTek, which is a hardware partner.
Australia and New Zealand technical architecture chief Sal Fernando (pictured) says it’s part of a drive to simplify IT management, and utility computing is the trend taken to its ultimate conclusion.
Last week Veritas released Storage Foundation 4.0, the latest version of its storage management and virtualisation software that allows organisations to deploy utility computing across storage, servers and applications.
The company says the product can increase efficiency of storage use through online file migration, automatically moving less-important data to lower-cost storage arrays without disrupting the user.
Fernando says it also makes it possible for organisations — be they internal IT departments or a utility computing provider — to bill for storage use. Its ability to track use — “who’s using what, where and what for” — also provides organisations with a detailed record of how data has been accessed, which Fernando says is increasingly being demanded as stricter corporate governance becomes the rule of the day.