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VERITAS: Then and Now

A Mere Two Years Ago

  • July 28, 2003
  • By Dee-Ann LeBlanc

The name VERITAS has a familiar ring to most people in the computing world, even if they can't quite remember why. After all, VERITAS is no startup. It's been around since 1989, and is probably best known for its backup and storage management products. However, if you're an enterprise-level company that is moving seriously to Linux, VERITAS has a heavy commitment to this operating system. So much so that I was personally amazed to see how much of their product line is available on Linux.

Just as interesting is the story of how they got to where they are now. A bit of history before we get into specifics. Queue up the background music, maestro.

When asked if they thought they would support Linux so strongly two years ago, the answer from the folks at VERITAS was a definite "No." Back then the dot com boom was in full force. Companies were spending like money was water, and there was no solution too expensive if they considered it the technically best solution possible. Most IT departments at the time carried excess capacity to minimize their risk. As the team put it in a group interview, "VERITAS enterprise customers were solidly focused on how to achieve greater levels of availability and performance from their heterogeneous, multi-platform environments � that rarely included Linux."

Then it came. The dot bomb.

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