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Veritas Deal Gives a Data Center Choice: SuSE or Red Hat

Oct 27, 2003, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

By Jacqueline Emigh
Linux Today Writer

At the LinuxWorld show in Frankfurt, Germany today, Veritas Software unveiled a deal with SuSE Linux that will give enterprise customers a choice between two major Linux distributions for large-scale data center applications.

The enterprise-level storage management, availability and backup specialist inked a similar engineering, marketing, and technical support pact with SuSE rival Red Hat almost two years ago.

Under the new agreement, Veritas will ultimately offer all four of its software products pre-certified for SuSE Linux. Veritas' software supports Oracle, IBM DB2, and MySQL databases.

"We'll also be providing technical support in a more meaningful way. SuSE customers will now be able to call either Veritas or SuSE for support," maintained Ranajit Nevatia, Veritas' director of Linux strategy.

"We've always had the intention of supporting both Red Hat and SuSE, anyway," the Linux strategist told Linux Today. Veritas, however, is taking an incremental approach to implementing its software on Linux.

The ISV's first step, a couple of years back, was to make its Net Backup software available on the Red Hat distro.

"We needed to prove to ourselves that we could run as well -- and as reliably--on Linux as on Unix," Nevatia admitted. "We then entered into a more formal relationship with Red Hat in Q1 of last year."

Similarly, Veritas had already started selling its Net Backup client for the SuSE Enterprise Linux Server (SLES) 8 platform even before today's announcement.

Meanwhile, other offerings from Veritas are now in beta among SuSE customers in the finance, banking, technical, government, and health care markets. Next month, Veritas plans to release a SuSE edition of its OpForce remote software installation and management product.

By the second week in January, 2004, the company will enter GA with SuSE versions of its Foundation Suite and Cluster Server software, Nevatia told Linux Today.

Initially, Veritas' Linux-based software is running on x86-based PC servers. Support for Itanium and IBM zSeries mainframe platforms will follow, according to Nevatia.

Nevatia pointed to performance and adaptability as two of Veritas' main claims to fame. "With Veritas File System and Veritas Volume Manager - the two components of our Foundation Suite--we can make Linux servers run up to five times faster," he contended.

Also, Nevatia said, administrators can use simple configuration changes to enable features such as database snapshots across any of the three supported database platforms.

By and large, analysts view the announcement as the latest in the series of signs that market momentum for an enterprise-ready Linux continues to grow.

"The Linux genie is out there now," observed Jocelyn Noel, principal analyst at JNoel & Associates. "Veritas is only responding to its customers, who are saying, 'We want to go ahead and implement Linux.'"

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