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Veritas and Network Appliance integrate products

Veritas Software and Network Appliance are tightening their relationship for better integration of their product development, sales and marketing teams.

The partnership focuses on three specific areas: disc-based data protection, compliance and regulatory archiving, and storage management.

The companies expect to announce further details of the integrated products sometime in the autumn.

Beginning immediately, Veritas and Network Appliance will also start training their sales and support teams to handle each other's products.

"We have signed a new agreement to extend our partnership to focus on collaboration of joint sales, marketing, and support for our solutions," said Veritas vice president of business development Robert Soderbery.

The expanded relationship is the latest step in a partnership between the two companies that began last October. "We've been working for a long time on integration," Soderbery said.

Network Appliance sells a variety of storage devices that are integrated with Veritas products, including its NetBackup and StorageCentral software, but the two companies are now expected to develop more tightly integrated products that include enhancements such as special management features for Network Appliance platforms, according to Yankee Group analyst Jamie Gruener.

Robert McMillan writes for IDG News Service

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