Network Appliance (NetApp) and Veritas Software are expanding a six-year-old strategic relationship to include additional joint sales and marketing, product integration and co-operative technical support.
The companies will offer a number of services for advanced data protection, high availability and storage resource management.
"This is about collaborating on joint sales, marketing and support of a broad array of services," said Rob Oderbery, vice-president of business development at US-based NetApp.
Products jointly developed by Veritas and NetApp are due out in autumn.
In the meantime, both companies will focus on offering six services: a storage backup-and-restore application for Network Data Management Protocol; a disc-based backup using Veritas' Netbackup software to NetApp's Nearstore array; a data migration service with Veritas' Netbackup Storage Migrator and NetApp's servers; replication with Veritas' Volume Replicator to NetApp's arrays; and an Oracle database performance optimiser using Veritas Cluster Server and NetApp storage.
The two companies are also offering a storage resource management service that uses Veritas' Storagecentral software to manage NetApp's storage servers for consolidated management of storage area network (San) and network attached storage (NAS) systems.
While NetApp and Veritas were touting their expanded relationship, a NetApp official was less forthcoming about the prospect of a partnership with Microsoft. Rich Clifton, vice-president of NetApp's San/iSan business unit, stopped short of using the word partnership in relation to Microsoft. He instead described the two companies as having synergies and said NetApp plans to use Microsoft's iSCSI driver and Multipath I/O software in upcoming San and NAS servers.
NetApp is considered the last major storage supplier to hold out against a partnership with Microsoft on its Windows-based NAS platform. "We are the leaders on the target side, and they are on the host side," Clifton said. "I think there is a lot of alignment around that whole space."
Clifton said NetApp would use Microsoft's iSCSI driver as software for connecting low-end Intel servers to its storage subsystems. "The iSCSI phenomenon is going to be a play in the market. The speed of its growth, I think, has been underestimated."
Clifton also said NetApp will shun proprietary load-balancing software, such as EMC's Powerpath, opting instead for Microsoft's Multipath I/O application for its fault tolerance and failover capabilities. The applications ship as a device development kit to third-party partners such as EMC, Hitachi, Hewlett-Packard, Veritas and NetApp.
Lucas Mearian writes for Computerworld