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Veritas Plugs SRM Gaps

Veritas Software Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTS) said today it has upgraded its storage software management product, SANPoint Control, to support IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) and EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) arrays, and Inrange Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq: INRG) switches (see Veritas Upgrades SANPoint).

The new storage resource management (SRM) software, SANPoint Control 3.5.1, allows users to visualize and discover both IBM Shark ESS and EMC Clariion disk storage arrays, and performs in-band zoning for Inrange FC/9000 SAN switches. Additionally, the software product expands its support to IBM eServer p-Series servers and IBM AIX operating environments.

"This announcement rounds out the full interoperability of the product," says Danny Milrad, senior product manager at Veritas. "Enterprises that choose to have fully heterogeneous storage environments will certainly see the benefits."

EMC, however, isn't impressed with Veritas's enhancements. EMC spokesman Mike O'Malley points out that Veritas's new support for the IBM Shark and Clariion only includes visualization and discovery, without the ability to actively provision the platforms. He claims EMC has been offering discovery and visualization functions baked into its management software for the same products since the winter of 2001.

Milrad acknowledges that Veritas currently only offers advanced visualization and discovery for EMC's Clariion FC 4700 and CX series, but he says its support for the EMC Symmetrix line includes LUN masking, binding, and zoning.

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