Veritas Software is to launch a combined suite that will allow administrators to treat storage more as a utility through virtualisation and automated provisioning.
The company said the acquisition of performance management company Precise Software Solutions, expected to close next month, will give it new performance management tools for load balancing the data flow between application servers and storage arrays.
The software works by finding the cause of performance degradation and then suggests a solution to the network administrator even before the end-user notices the slowdown in service, said Veritas chief marketing officer Jeremy Burton.
While Veritas has offered some provisioning of storage among disparate disc arrays through its Volume Manager and SANpoint Control products, it did not have that function tied into application servers, which is necessary for that function to be automated. As applications servers run out of disc space, they can request more automatically.
Veritas said it will release server and storage provisioning software that it acquired from startup Jareva Technologies. Veritas said that along with its Volume Manager, the OpForce and Cluster Server application from Jareva will allow storage and server resources to be shared across platforms, boosting utilisation rates and reducing hardware costs.
For example, if a web server is running out of CPU cycles, the software notifies the Jareva application that a new Web server is needed and it automatically provisions the machine, handing it off to Cluster Server to manage it.
Several companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, EMC and IBM, are already selling or have announced plans in the past year to use provisioning technology to pool disk capacity across arrays and serve it up like a utility to application servers on an as-needed basis.
Veritas also said it would introduce its Service Manager product, which will define service levels and perform chargeback for internal customers, by the end of the year.
The application, now in beta, will allow IT it administrators to define services for business applications and then track the actual service delivered, calculating the IT expense, which is then provided to the business unit through a portal.