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Veritas Stretches Beyond Storage

To help grow utility computing out of its infancy, Veritas Software Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTS) is looking to obtain more outside technology, while continuing to launch new products based on what they've already got.

By investigating and possibly acquiring technology related to networking and security management, and by shoring up in areas like workload management and application failover, Veritas will help customers reach the utility utopia, says Mike Tardif, VP of utility infrastructure products.

The trip is just beginning. "We're 3 to 5 percent into utility and delivering products, compared to Veritas's long-term goals," he says. "The rest is services, and IT [users] need to do some business process re-engineering."

But what is utility computing? "It's integration and automation to drive out hardware and people costs," Tardif says. To users, that may be a utopian ideal, but to Veritas, it's also a way to escape being just a storage management company, according to Tardif.

Veritas has already spent more than $730 million on non-storage software companies, such Ejasent Inc., Invio Software Inc., Jareva Technologies Inc., Precise Software Solutions Ltd., and others. The integration of all those tools will arrive early next year in a point release to the recently launched CommandCentral 4.0, Tardif says.

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