NEW YORK--Veritas has announced its most significant foray yet into the
Linux market, saying its Foundation Suite now runs on Red Hat's version of
the Unix clone.
The Foundation Suite, which long has existed for Unix servers, lets
administrators more easily manage how a server communicates with multiple
Veritas, which earlier had sold backup software for Linux, said at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo
that later this year it plans to bring to the open-source operating system its "clustering" software, a respected high-end package that lets one server take over for a crashed comrade.
Some executives at Veritas, a leader in the market for software that controls storage systems, had questioned the maturity of the comparatively new operating system. But the Mountain View, Calif.-based company is warming to Linux: On
Wednesday at LinuxWorld, the company quoted IDC analyst Dan Kusnetzky as
predicting that Linux likely will continue to be the fastest-growing server
operating system for 2001, a position it's held for the preceding three years.
The Foundation Suite costs $1,500 for a single-CPU server.
FlashSnap, which lets a customer make rapid copies of a storage system and
quickly backtrack to them if something goes wrong, is an extra option
starting at $750.
Meanwhile, Veritas competitor Legato on Tuesday said that it has released its NetWorker software to help run IBM's database software on Linux. The
software enables online backup and restoration of DB2 or Informix
The announcements join several others for higher-end use of Linux this
week. IBM, which is leading the Linux
charge, said it's nearly recouped last year's $1 billion investment in the
operating system. And mainframe software companies have begun backing IBM's effort to spread Linux to
this venerable but expensive server line.