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Veritas Takes a BEA Line

Veritas Software Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTS) dove deeper toward the heart of the data center today through an alliance with BEA Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS). (See Veritas Sees the Logic of BEA.)

Veritas and BEA have agreed to joint development, sales, and marketing of products. Veritas's Indepth for J2EE application management software, Cluster Server high availability application, and OpForce server provisioning software will be sold with BEAs WebLogic and Tuxedo enterprise application platforms.

Indepth for J2EE and Cluster Server with WebLogic are available today. Other product combinations are expected to begin shipping in the second half of the year, say the vendors.

Terms of the agreement, including its duration and potential for including other partners, weren't available at press time.

By teaming up, Veritas and BEA are firing primarily at their common rival IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), whose WebSphere is a direct competitor to WebLogic and competes with Veritas across the storage software landscape.

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