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Veritas plans to simplify storage complexity

Veritas Software is in the early stages of developing a generation of storage management software designed to conquer the storage...

Veritas Software is in the early stages of developing a generation of storage management software designed to conquer the storage industry's lack of interoperability.

The company believes the increasing complexity of storage administration points to a future convergence of Web services, grid computing and storage technologies.

Veritas chief technology officer Paul Borrill said the solution to the storage industry's lack of interoperability lay in software that spreads business processes across distributed networks.

Much of Veritas' time has been spent developing its SRM (storage resource management) software, which extends the concept of managing storage devices to focus on meeting the requirements of an enterprise application.

EMC has entered the game with its WideSky initiative, as has Hitachi Data Systems with its TrueNorth architecture.

EMC's and HDS' respective initiatives contain a layer of software capable of managing storage systems regardless of vendor.

Fujitsu Softek is also targeting this opportunity. Scott Kennedy, vice-president of business development, said the company's Softek Storage Manager product gives enterprises a window into file-level data, independent of the storage platform.

Veritas will continue to place emphasis on its SRM technology, according to Marty Ward, a product marketer at Veritas. The company introduced its Adaptive Software Architecture in May.

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