ServerWatch News Briefs for October 27, 2003
October 27, 2003
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Veritas Software and Suse Linux Monday announced a partnership spanning engineering and marketing that calls for the development, certification, support, and sale of Veritas software for Suse's Enterprise Server platform.
Veritas will make its core offerings, Veritas File System, Veritas Volume Manager, and Veritas Cluster Server, available for Suse Linux Enterprise Server in the first quarter of 2004.
According to Veritas, providing a Linux version of this software puts on the table key building blocks to construct a highly available, scalable, and performance-driven Linux infrastructure.
A number of vendors have come forward to show support for the partnership, including IBM and MySQL, which cited key benefits for customers that want to leverage Linux solutions to reduce operational IT costs and simplify the management of complex storage environments.
"Customers have made clear that they desire full, enterprise-class storage management solutions on Linux to help them face the pressures of lowering costs and meeting higher service levels," said Mark Bregman, executive vice president, product operations, Veritas Software.
Bergman believes Suse's modular flexibility and stability combined with Veritas' product, which offer centralized storage management, and increased availability and performance, will accomplish this.
Suse Linux versions of the three products are currently in the beta test phase with customers in a range of industries, including finance, banking, healthcare, government and technical computing.
Customers can now purchase or upgrade to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 for Dell PowerEdge servers and select Dell Precision workstations.
Dell also plans to factory install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 on Dell PowerEdge servers in February 2004 and on select Dell Precision workstations in November 2003.
Dell will support all three versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3. It recommends Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 AS be deployed on 4-processor PowerEdge servers used for enterprise applications, such as Oracle databases and application clustering; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 ES be deployed on PowerEdge servers with one to two processors and is best suited with those involved with Web, file, and print serving, as well as small-to-midsize enterprises; and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 WS should be deployed on Dell Precision workstations for tasks such as graphical rendering and software development, and for high-performance computing clusters.
According to Dell, the major advantage of deploying Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 on Dell servers and workstations is support for larger memory configurations and enhanced hyperthreading and security features.
Dell at this time also announced that it will sell Red Hat global training offerings. Training packages bought through Dell can be completed at either Red Hat training centers or customers' sites using Dell hardware. The program will be available in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and Japan later this year.
Dell customers already subscribed to the Red Hat Network or that ordered Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 from the vendor can immediately upgrade to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 at no additional cost on Red Hat's Web site.
The latest version of Zetta Server installs on open systems hardware to create disaster-proof and unified SAN and NAS appliances that offer capabilities that SANs and NASes cannot separately provide.
Zetta Server version 3 is designed to provide high availability for mission-critical applications, such as Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Internet Information Server, SQL server, and Oracle in a cost-effective and administrator friendly fashion. Zetta Server seeks to provide application-aware, continuous data protection, through its patent pending lightweight, instantaneous, point-in-time copy technology.
Anne MacFarland, director of enterprise architectures and infrastructure solutions for the Clipper Group, describes the product as follows: "With Zetta Server, an enterprise can put the data behind Zetta Server and keep Exchange Server as a thin server containing only application data, making recovery simpler ... Zetta Systems has worked to integrate the APIs of popular sources of problems, like Microsoft Exchange, to optimize restores in this environment. It reinforces this protection by initiating physical copying of the data either locally or to a remote location. And it further stabilizes the Exchange environment by adding security features to its storage methodology."
Zetta Server is sold as both software and an appliance. Exchange appliances with instant recovery capabilities start at $20,000.
Zetta Server version 3 is currently in beta at several customer sites. It is scheduled for general release in December 2003. A free beta copy can be obtained at this time via e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest version of Cylant's Linux-based server monitoring and security tool hit the streets last week.
Version 2.5 of the CylantSecure Behavioral Intrusion Prevention System (BIPs) offers SNMP support for enterprise management products, such as IBM's Tivoli, Hewlett Packard's OpenView, and Computer Associate's Unicenter, by enabling organizations to monitor security alerts from the same console as other enterprise systems.
Other new features in CylantSecure 2.5 are new executive summary reporting functionality that provides graphic reports on server activity and security alerts, support for Red Hat Linux version 9.0, and a number of graphical user interface enhancements designed to make the Microsoft Windows-based management console more intuitive and easier to use.
"All of the features in CylantSecure version 2.5 are designed to allow it to integrate more readily in the enterprise environment," said Terry Stuart, vice president of products and services for Cylant. "With so many large organizations relying on Linux to deliver mission-critical applications and turning to CylantSecure to ensure those systems remain secure, the tighter integration, reporting and performance features are a big asset to IT departments with too much on their plate already."
CylantSecure version 2.5 is available for immediate purchase. Existing users can upgrade free of charge.