VERITAS: Then and Now - page 4
A Mere Two Years Ago
VERITAS selects its directions in the case of Linux and anything else through a variety of means. All of these and more will contribute to where the company focuses in the upcoming years. Customer requests and feedback top the list. VERITAS is also focusing on making sure that its Linux offerings match its offerings for other supported platforms, in terms of both the products themselves and stability of those products.
The VERITAS engineering and release teams, two separate entities, work closely together to ensure that as new products come out the dependency requirements are supported on all platforms. These needs often determine what item will be added next to the Linux plate, so that the latest and greatest product will be able to work on Linux as well. Another important issue is that the Linux solutions work seamlessly with whatever heterogeneous environments they're joining. No one wants to get caught up in making tweaks and modifications after installing a critical new server, so it can interface properly with the Microsoft Windows box across the way.
As far as companies like VERITAS are concerned, Linux is in its adolescence. The folks at VERITAS predict that "As more market analysis and customer data become available that further substantiates the TCO forecasts for Linux environments, then more customers will start to get on board the Linux bandwagon." This is what I'm hearing from a lot of different directions, and the great thing is that the data is coming together day by day.
VERITAS predicts that Linux will continue to expand into the enterprise data center, and the company is putting its money where its mouth is. They've allocated more resources to let them bring out more Linux offerings, faster. They've ported, or are in the process of porting, all of their top enterprise storage and resource management products.
Linux products coming in the next six to twelve months include:
- Updates to the existing Linux products.
- VERITAS support for SuSE Linux and UnitedLinux.
- VERITAS support for the IA-64 platform.
- VERITAS Database Edition/Advanced Cluster for Oracle9i RAC
- VERITAS Volume Replicator
- VERITAS SANPoint Foundation Suite