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BEA Embraces Utility Computing From Veritas

By Clint Boulton (Send Email)
Posted Apr 13, 2004


Veritas Software and BEA Systems have formed a global strategic alliance that will provide BEA infrastructure software with Veritas' utility computing software. BEA Monday revealed plans to add its application server to Veritas' utility computing software to reduce TCO for customers.

As part of the deal, announced Monday, the companies will provide integrated technology and conduct joint development, sales, and marketing activities.

BEA is the first vendor to openly embrace Veritas' utility computing platform, which was created from various infrastructure components accrued from the purchase of a few companies.

Veritas acquired Precise Software Solutions for its application performance management software provisioning software from its acquisitions of Jareva Technologies and Ejasent to form the basis of its utility computing platform, which aims to provide customers computing resources on-demand.

Arya Barirani, director of solutions market at Veritas, said the companies chose to work to integrate technology to give customers greater manageability of application services, increased application performance, and availability, as well as the ability to adapt to business changes. All of which will ultimately lower total-cost-of-ownership by requiring fewer servers, he said.

In the key component of the agreement:

  • Veritas' OpForce dynamic provisioning software and BEA's WebLogic platform will be integrated to help manage multiple WebLogic servers.

  • Veritas Indepth for J2EE -- WebLogic Server will be a combination of BEA's Tuxedo java virtual machine with Veritas Indepth J2EE application performance management software.

  • Veritas High Availability, a hybrid of Veritas Cluster Server and WebLogic Server, will ensure applications remain highly available.

Veritas Indepth for J2EE is available immediately with a starting price of $4,000, while Veritas Cluster Server with BEA WebLogic Server is available starting at $2,995. The Veritas OpForce/BEA's WebLogic Server will be available in the second half of 2004. Pricing will be set at a later time.

Barirani said now is as good a time as any to embark on the partnership, the first of its kind for Veritas and BEA, because customers are bringing more applications onto their network, including customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.

Blade center environments are another area sparking interest in utility computing; enterprises will need speedy applications servers from BEA's WebLogic environment to power them, he said.

"This is making an interesting inflection point for a utility computing solution between Veritas and BEA," Barirani told internetnews.com.

The deal highlights BEA's embrace of service-oriented architectures (SOAs) for enabling Web services to conduct business over the Web, a space where it will compete with IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Microsoft, along with anyone else looking to provide SOAs -- models that describe distributed computing.

The deal also represents a bond between two companies working to fend off shared competitors. IBM, for example, competes with BEA on the middleware front -- applications servers and such -- while Veritas competes with IBM for offering a complete utility computing strategy.

This article was originally published on internetnews.com.

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