Veritas overhauls storage software

Veritas Software has released Storage Foundation 4.0, the latest version of its storage management and virtualisation software...

Veritas Software has released Storage Foundation 4.0, the latest version of its storage management and virtualisation software that allows companies to deploy utility computing across storage, servers and applications.

The product can increase storage utilisation through online file migration, automatically moving less-important data to lower-cost storage arrays without disrupting the user. With the portable data containers feature, data can be shared between servers with different operating systems.

Provisioning templates allow administrators to allocate new storage quickly, configured to customer specifications, using standardized templates.

Another feature, dynamic multipathing, spreads data across multiple network paths for improved performance and availability.

Veritas has also added FlashSnap enhancements to its latest product to create snapshots of volumes and file systems, allowing for critical data to be recovered quickly.

"What they've got there with the storage foundation is the best-of-breed volume manager and file system, and they've added some more features to it around improving performance manageability and around improving utilisation," said Clipper Group analyst Michael Fisch.

Linda Rosencrance writes for Computerworld

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