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Symantec Drifts Into Xen

Storage management specialist Symantec joined forces with virtualization vendor XenSource today in the latest attempt to tie storage and server virtualization together. (See XenSource Signs Symantec OEM.)

The vendors announced an OEM deal to embed Symantec's Storage Foundation product line, which includes its Volume Manager software, into XenSource's flagship XenEnterprise offering. (See Storage Software Grows, Symantec Launches Storage United, XenSource Unveils 3.2, and XenSource Exceeds 500 Customers.)

Specifically, Volume Manager will run on the device driver software that sits on top of the XenSource hypervisor. "The purpose of this will be to provide unified server and storage management," says John Bara, XenSource's vice president of marketing, explaining that the Volume Manager can control workloads on both virtual servers and storage.

The two vendors are also planning to do joint testing and certification of Veritas NetBackup running on virtual servers. (See Symantec Unveils NetBackup 6.5 and Symantec Bolsters Backup.)

The Symantec features will be sold as part of the standard XenEnterprise license, which costs $750 for a dual socket server, according to Bara. These will be available sometime in the third or fourth quarter, he adds.

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