With the IT industry increasingly turning its attention to utility computing, Veritas Software Wednesday said it has agreed to bundle its OpForce brand of provisioning software with server blade hardware from chipmaker Intel.
Utility computing -- where an enterprise pays for the computing power it uses and nothing more -- has become the rallying cry of late for companies looking to make money by shoring up the infrastructure of other businesses.
Veritas, along with IBM, Computer Associates, and a cadre of other players, has been leading the charge. In its latest bid to curry favor with customers, the Mountain View, Calif. company, known for its storage software, will bundle its OpForce software with Intel's server blade building blocks, or architecture and Itanium-based servers -- an industry first.
Dubbed Intel Deployment Manager by Veritas OpForce, the fusion of software and hardware will grant enterprises using a variety of Intel server blade configurations the ability to farm out multiple servers at once. This functionality is commonly known as server provisioning, and it obviates the need for a system administrator to configure servers manually and one at a time, saving costs and time normally associated with managing the infrastructure in a data center.
"This is an Intel-specific version of OpForce," Arya Earirani, director of platform and strategy for product marketing at Veritas, explained to internetnews.com. "This creates a significant opportunity for Veritas and is strong endorsement for our automated systems. Intel doesn't do this with everybody -- they're very possessive about their designs."
Added Foroodan Memari, senior product market manager for Veritas OpForce: "This allows blade servers to increase server utilization. But the more servers that are introduced, the greater the potential for errors. This automation will also result in reduced operator errors."
Intel, in the midst of its developer's forum in San Jose, Calif., doesn't craft blades per se, but it does farm out its blade design and architecture to original equipment manufacturers to build them.
Veritas acquired the OpForce brand when it acquired Jarevea Technologies in late 2002. The software, which pipes computing power to servers that need it, will serve as the engine for Intel-based blades.
The market for blade servers is nothing to yawn about, according to research firm IDC, which estimates worldwide blade server shipments will balloon 342 percent between 2002 and 2003. IDC said that 35 percent of all servers sold in the United States to be blade form factors, snowballing to a $6 billion market by 2007.
Meanwhile, Veritas executives said the public can expect an improved enterprise version of Veritas OpForce later in the year.
This article was originally published on internetnews.com.