The upgrade is part of a large product refresh at Veritas that includes updates to its core data backup and file-system products and forays into new areas such as Linux cluster management and development around IBM's AIX operating system.
The company is building on last year's acquisitions of Precise Software and Jareva Technologies to expand its management play further into the data centre.
Veritas chairman, president and chief executive officer Gary Bloom detailed his vision for 2003, which included plans for Linux and a goal to beat Sun, Hewlett-Packard and IBM in the virtualisation race.
Bloom put Linux at the top of the list when it comes to growth areas, particularly given the company's development of new technology around Linux clusters that run Oracle and storage resource management (SRM).
"Linux fits in well with the idea that I can do more with less money and yet still get high availability and high performance. I think this will be an early year for the start of the migration of more intelligence into the network," Bloom said.
Looking ahead, Veritas will attempt to exploit its acquisitions of Precise and Jareva.
"Precise [has] some SRM technology in the Windows space that will be an incremental help to our SRM technology. The primary product line is application performance management technology. It's heterogeneous in relation to the application, the database, and the environment it sits in," Bloom said.
Bloom agreed that the addition of Jareva software provisioning to its existing management software signals an approach similar to that of Sun's N1 and HP's Utility Data Center concepts.