Veritas plans to ride W2K enterprise wave

Veritas sees itself as riding an ascendancy of Windows 2000 in the enterprise market with a release of its storage management product suite for that platform.

Veritas sees itself as riding an ascendancy of Windows 2000 in the enterprise market with a release of its storage management product suite for that platform.

The suite, which includes storage virtualisation, “zero-downtime” backup and data centre migration for disaster recovery, has previously been available for NT and Unix and Solaris environments.

“We are now seeing enterprises embracing Windows 2000 in place of the various flavours of Unix,” says Simon Elisha, senior systems engineer at Veritas Australia. This makes it imperative to produce a Windows 2000 version of the tools, he says.

Storage virtualisation separates the physical from the logical view of storage and aims to ease the management of widespread storage resources on a network.

The Veritas suite of products also supports clustering of up to 32 processors and storage nodes, far in excess of that provided for with Windows 2000 itself, Elisha says.

This improves reliability of the computing and data storage resource as a whole, at relatively low cost, he explains, since one reserve processor can be configured to stand in for any of the others in the cluster. If the cluster includes only two processors, primary and reserve, the reserve processor will be idle much of the time. A large cluster with one reserve processor means the resource provided more closely approximates the likelihood of a failure of any processor in the cluster.

Veritas has already gained its first customer in Australia for the Win2000 storage management suite, and it is available in New Zealand, Elisha says.

IDC’s Mike Cranna says while Windows as a whole is claiming territory from former Unix environments, the industry monitor has no separate figures for Windows 2000.

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