Enterprise Networks Briefs

Mountainview, Calif.-based Veritas Software Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. in Palo Alto, Calif. late last month announced an expanded support agreement wherein HP will package Veritas products with its own, particularly the HP-UX, the HP-branded Unix operating system. The firms said the agreement means customers need only contact HP for support and services, although service actually comes from both companies. HP said it wants to make complex computing environments as simple as possible, and this agreement furthers that mandate. Veritas is online at www.vertias.com and HP is at http://www.hp.com.

Fluke Networks Inc., a subsidiary of Danaher Corp. with offices in Mississauga, Ont., says carriers need not send their technicians on costly training courses thanks to a new handheld tester released in January. Fluke Networks 990DSL CopperPro Copper Loop Tester provides technicians with the requisite functionality and the ease-of-use their employers seek in a testing device, the company said. The 990 combines a “toolbox approach” with sequenced testing, documented results and simple a pass/fail function that give line technicians a clear and easy to understand view of copper loops and common cable faults therein, like shorts, crosses, opens and splits. The company says the 990 is available at $5,946 for the basic POTS model, while the wideband/ADSL model is priced at $10,802. For more information visit Fluke Networks online at http://www.flukenetworks.com

DataCore Software Corp., a network software firm in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., claims three storage management breakthroughs with its latest product, SANsymphony 5.0, an enterprise-class storage networking solution. Announced in January, the product offers an open storage networking platform that accounts for space allocation across a customer’s entire enterprise, not just back-office applications, DataCore said. The product assigns the network’s biggest boxes to the biggest tasks so network managers need not source new hardware. Version 5.0 also doubles disk utilization by turning volume-management into a network-wide automated function, making for what DataCore calls “just enough and just in time” capacity. As well, the company says it’s the first to offer automated control over quality of service (QoS) and security with flexible storage domains. For more information, see the company online at www.datacore.com.