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Veritas Hooks Up Everyone

But does its new clustering software help or hinder the storage vendors?

Veritas Software Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTS) plans to announce a new clustering technology on Monday.

Called the Veritas Cluster Server 2.0 and available now, it can hook together up to 32 servers from Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HWP), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), or Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), with support for more hardware vendors to come.

The big question from the point of view of storage vendors is whether it will help or hinder them in selling more products -- and the answer, according to analysts, is a bit of both.

On the plus side, the new Veritas box will make it easier and less expensive for users to set up clusters of servers and link them to a wide variety of storage devices.

Veritas is trying to open clustering up to the mass market,” says David Breiner, an analyst with Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. “Clustering tends to be a high-end requirement. It’s costly and not easy to deploy. The new server won’t necessarily be more functional, but it’ll be easier to deploy and administer, and it will have a lower price-point.”

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