Veritas and BEA to deliver utility computing

In an effort to embrace utility computing, BEA Systems Inc. and Veritas Software Corp. announced a partnership on Monday to provide BEA infrastructure software and Veritas’ utility computing software.

The companies said the deal would provide integrated software technology and will allow for increased re-usability of application services, increased application performance and availability, greater IT adaptability to business changes and simplified IT management. It will also provide customers with a path to utility computing, making the WebLogic application server work better with Veritas products.

Customers who choose to implement a utility computing model can optimize their existing IT infrastructure to meet required service levels, the companies added.

The offering will include Veritas Indepth, for Java 2 Enterprise Edition application performance management software, Veritas Cluster Server, for linking servers together in a group and Veritas OpForce, server-provisioning software that is integrated with WebLogic and Tuexdo platforms.

The partnership will also include joint marketing and sales arrangements.

Dan McLean, director of Canadian strategic partnering and alliances research for IDC Canada Ltd. in Toronto, said he hopes something tangible will come out of the partnership between BEA and Veritas, beyond just the announcement of the alliance.

He explained that many times, partnerships are announced and then the newly combined products of the partnerships fizzle off of the radar over time. While neither company has really defined what they mean by utility computing, he said he is interested in finding out more about how the products will do in the industry.

Mountain View, Calif.-based Veritas and San Jose-based BEA position themselves as neutral vendors whose products work with a range of hardware and software. Their joint offering is probably more open than most, meaning it should work better in a heterogeneous environment with a mix of servers, operating systems and applications, said William Hurley, a senior analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group Inc. in Milford, Mass.

In contrast, utility software from companies such as IBM Corp. and Oracle Corp. tend to work better with their own products, he added.

Other vendors, including Hewlett-Packard Co., offer utility software that works with BEA’s products, and the deal with Veritas gives customers another option, said Benjamin Renaud, BEA’s deputy chief technology officer.

Veritas has recently acquired a few companies, including Precise Software Solutions and Jareva Technologies, in an effort to refigure itself around utility computing.

The closer ties to WebLogic is available in Veritas’ Indepth now, with pricing starting at US$4,000. The Cluster server with WebLogic is now available to customers and will cost about US$2,995. The OpForce/BEA WebLogic Server is scheduled to be available in the second half of 2004, and pricing is yet not available.

– With files from IDG News Service

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