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With its $400m April acquisition of OpenVision Technologies Inc still being digested, Veritas Software Corp is beginning to take steps to redefine storage management in the market (CI No 3,103) promising that by the first quarter of next year it will have integrated its journaling file system with OpenVision’s archive and backup product NetBackUp. The combined products will enable high-speed block level incremental backups on Unix. It will mean doing away with the more traditional long winded back- up by SQL statement and replacing it with the tracking of write operations and the backing up of data blocks that have changed, says Veritas and reduce the amount of data to be backed up by an order of magnitude. It will also add closer integration via API coupling between its HA high-availability software FirstWatch and NetBackUp. Meantime Veritas is offering its Volume Manager, File System and FirstWatch with its Database Edition serving of the file system for Oracle and Informix which includes quick I/O database acceleration. It costs from $3,000. A high-availability version including Veritas’ volume manager and FirstWatch failover software costs from $8,300. The company has also released Veritas Media Librarian, a storage administration tool that is meant to enable shared access by unlimited numbers of users and applications to distributed storage devices running Solaris, HP- UX and AIX. VLM comes with automated tracking and control of optical and tape removable media on automated libraries and standalone drives and local and remote vaults. No prices are currently available. The merger has been good news for shareholders with good matches between the respective company’s sales and partnership arrangements – Veritas was well represented across the US, where OpenVision wasn’t, while OpenVision had a strong international presence and Veritas didn’t, Veritas used indirect channels, OpenVision’s route was direct – but Veritas won’t say which OpenVision products will be dropped – if any – as a result of the NetBackUp and File System and Volume Manager integration.

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