Symantec offers free storage management


Symantec offers free storage management

Antony Savvas

Symantec has released a free version of its Veritas Storage Foundation storage management product.


The entry-level software is designed to be used on smaller servers located outside the main datacentre.


Called Veritas Storage Foundation Basic, the free solution was unveiled at this week’s Symantec Vision 2006 user conference in the US .


The paid-for Storage Foundation product is used mainly by large companies on central servers running corporate databases. The free product is aimed at file and web servers outside the main datacentre.


Symantec has released Storage Foundation Basic to help popularise the use of Symantec data management software, particularly its Veritas line of products.


Organisations that want to use Storage Foundation Basic on servers with more than two processors, or on servers that host more than four file systems or hard drive partitions, will have to pay for it.


Symantec is currently beta-testing version 5.0 of its main Storage Foundation software suite, which is expected to ship in July.


Earlier this week at the Vision conference, Symantec admitted that its customer support for some Veritas products had not been up to the mark.


It admitted that it had failed to provide enough skilled support for users of Veritas, which it acquired last year.

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