The software provides integration and management of storage assets in the network between arrays of storage media.
Sans are seen as expensive and difficult to deploy because of a lack of interoperability between products. Testing can take time and monitoring storage levels and reporting across multi-supplier environments requires administrators to use separate management consoles.
The problems with interoperability between storage products is being addressed using a technique known as storage virtualisation. The product from Veritas is designed to provide a layer of management that is not tied to specific storage hardware.
Graham Titterington, principal analyst at Ovum, said, "This seems to be an admission that San interoperability will not happen. It will offer some degree of device independence, but not all of the functionality that full virtualisation promises."
The Veritas software will run on Cisco MDS9000 storage network switches and on Brocade devices next year.
This was first published in December 2003