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Intel, Veritas Bring on the Blades

In a move that promises to catapult Veritas Software Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTS) securely into the server provisioning space, the company has landed a deal to license its OpForce software to provision Intel Corp.s (Nasdaq: INTC) new Enterprise Blade Servers (see Veritas Provisions Intel Blade Servers).

Intel announced its new Enterprise Blade Server family today, saying it will start taking OEM orders for the first product in the series, the Intel Server Compute Blade SBXL52, this week (see Intel Intros Blade Servers). The SBXL52 provides two Intel Xeon processors per blade, with a total of 14 blades per chassis, and is managed by both the Intel Management Module and Veritas’s OpForce software, Intel says. Each chassis costs $2,800.

In the future, the chip Goliath is planning to wrap OpForce into every single one of its new blades, according to Patrick Buddenbaum, the product manager for Intel’s Enterprise Platform Division.

While Veritas has been angling to get into server provisioning since it acquired server provisioning startup Jareva Technologies late last year, this is the company’s first big break into the new space (see Veritas Moves up the Stack).

“This is a big design win for us,” says Troy Toman, Veritas’s senior director of product marketing for utility computing. “With Intel’s decision to bundle us as part of their blade server family, they’ve recognized the value of server provisioning.”

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