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Veritas Upgrades High Availability Storage Package

Veritas Software said it will ship next month the latest version of its high availability storage management solution for Windows.

The Storage Foundation High Availability (HA) for Windows version 4.3 is “the only integrated stack of storage management, replication and clustering software available today for Microsoft Windows environments,” according to a company official.

Version 4.3 features support for SQL Server 2005, which is due to ship the week of Nov. 7. Version 4.3 also supports 64-bit applications and operating system running on either Intel Itanium, Intel EM64T or AMD64 CPUs.

One addition in the new version is the ability to have two secondary sites for disaster recovery. “Now, you can have two disaster recovery sites [and 4.3] will track the state of the secondary sites,” says Jeff Reed, director of product management for storage and server management.

The update also adds full support for Microsoft’s Multipath I/O driver architecture for Hitachi TagmaStore USP models 100, 600 & 1000, HP SureStore E Disk Array XP12000 and IBM TotalStorage DS8000.

Veritas also said that next month it will release versions of its application service management software, dubbed Veritas i3, that support the Microsoft .NET Framework as well as SQL Server 2005 databases.

Veritas i3 aims to provide IT managers with a comprehensive set of performance and service management tools that enables them to monitor, analyze, and fine-tune their applications and maintain performance and availability levels for their organizations.

“The cost of finding and fixing problems in production environments is much more expensive than doing that before deployment,” says Ray Suarez, product line manager for applications performance management products.

Pricing for Veritas i3 for .NET starts at $1,500 per CPU; Veritas i3 for SQL Server starts at $1,000 per CPU. Veritas Storage Foundation HA for Windows starts at $3,995 for the high-availability edition.

About the Author

Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

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