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Veritas retools storage software

Veritas Software will announce the latest version of one of its key networked storage-management products today, adding a new layer of support for business software as well as improved reporting and automation tools.

The company claimed that with version 3.5 of its SANPoint Control product, it has improved its ability to manage complex networks of storage servers and other hardware.

Veritas has built in ways for an administrator to see what hardware resources are available to run Oracle's databases and Microsoft's Exchange software. It has also automated many of the management tasks in SANPoint Control to make life easier for administrators, and has provided more detailed views of how data is being used within a company.

The new version of the Veritas software presents a picture to the administrator of the underlying hardware infrastructure that is running an Oracle database, for example. Users can find out, in virtually real time, what systems the database is pulling information from and how the hardware is linked together, which can help a company adjust its infrastructure for better performance.

Administrators can set policies for the ways their SAN should respond if the database, for example, runs out of storage resources. The user could tell SANPoint Control to make sure it adds room to a file system that is near its full capacity.

Jonathan Martin, director of product management for Veritas' high availability line, said: "We are now expanding our product up into the application layer. It allows you to view and manage storage resources for an Oracle table space or Microsoft Exchange mailbox."

Veritas competes with EMC and IBM to offer software that can look across hardware from different vendors and provide an easy way to manage disparate systems. In addition, vendors are looking to automate complex management processes such as managing storage capacity for key business applications to ensure high levels of performance.

Managing storage area networks (SANs) has been challenging for users because it requires them to control vast amounts of hardware, including servers, storage systems, switches and host bus adapters (HBAs). In addition, competing hardware vendors are only in the early stages of swapping APIs (application programming interface) with each other to make management of multivendor gear possible.

Veritas, as a software-only player, has been somewhat neutral in this market and prides itself on being able to tap into a larger list of hardware than other vendors of SAN management products. With the latest version of its SANPoint Control product, Veritas can manage hardware from EMC, Hitachi and Hewlett-Packard, Martin claimed.

The SANPoint Control product starts at $20,000 (£13,030), with additional costs for port licences and software agents.

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