Network Solutions Briefs

Veritas Software Corp. recently announced that it plans to port all of its storage management tools to SUSE Linux AG’s version of the open-source operating system. Veritas already offers its applications for use on Red Hat Inc.’s Linux distribution as well as for Windows and versions of Unix from Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM and Sun Microsystems Inc. Veritas said users currently are beta-testing its software on SUSE Linux, but none of the testers was available to comment about the plans. More information is available at

Cisco and IBM collaborate

IBM Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. in December will begin shipping a new SAN module for Cisco’s MDS 9000 family of switches based on software from IBM’s SAN Volume Controller storage appliance. The product, which will ship on Dec. 5, is the result of two years of collaboration between the companies. Customers will be able to use the SAN modules to pool storage capacity from a variety of devices on the network into a virtual storage system, which will give them a centralized point of storage management.

DB2 slims down

IBM Corp. has added a version of its content management software to its Express line of products, offering smaller organizations and departments a tool for managing digital content such as documents and image files. DB2 Content Manager Express is available worldwide for US$9,375 per server and US$1,063 per concurrent user. The stand-alone software handles content storage and offers version and permissions controls, search, organization and workflow management features. DB2 Content Manager Express is currently only available for Windows servers, but versions supporting Linux and other operating systems are in the works.