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Veritas Shores Up Utility Computing with Ejasent

Veritas Shores Up Utility Computing with Ejasent

Three months after Forrester analyst William Martorelli questioned the viability of four-year-old Ejasent Inc as a standalone company, he got his answer.

Veritas said Wednesday that it was buying the privately held Ejasent for $59 million in cash and picking up most of its 21 employees except for some of the top boys.

Veritas executives positioned the acquisition as adding key building blocks to the company's utility computing initiatives.

See, Ejasent's UpScale software can move an application from one server to another without disrupting or terminating the program.

Upscale is supposed to take a snapshot of an application and its state, preserve all its settings and data, and transfer it to a different server in near real-time.

By introducing an abstraction layer between applications and the underlying server and operating system, UpScale is supposed to make it possible to move applications across different processing resources in a data center quickly -from server to shared storage to server.

"Live application migration can cut server maintenance and upgrade time from hours to minutes, freeing valuable IT resources to work on other projects while at the same time improving application availability for end users," Veritas executive VP of product operations Mark Bregman said.

UpScale, which will be integrated into Veritas' Cluster Server, currently runs on Solaris. A Linux version is said to be in development.

Ejasent also offers MicroMeasure, an application that enables usage-based metering and billing of physical and logical data center assets including servers, storage and application transactions by specific users and departments.

Veritas plans to integrate MicroMeasure into its CommandCentral Service, which lets IT organizations move to a utility computing model by delivering backup, recovery and storage as a service.

MicroMeasure runs on Solaris, Linux, HP-UX, Windows and AIX.

Ejasent products were described as complementing the OpForce server provisioning software that Veritas got from its Jareva acquisition as well as the application performance software it derived from its Precise deal.

Veritas said Ejasent had been selling its software through EDS and Sun but couldn't say at press time how many customers Ejasent had.

Veritas expects to close the Ejasent deal by the end of the month and to start selling UpScale and MicroMeasure as standalone products in Q2. It'll be an integrated offering in '05.

When the deal is done, Ejasent will become part of Veritas' High Availability/Clustering Group.

Veritas said Ejasent co-founder and CTO Rajeev Bharadwaj and the whole R&D team was coming on board.

However, Ejasent's CEO Jason Donahue, CFO Kent Jarvi and VP of sales and business development Gerald King weren't.

Ejasent had four rounds of funding and was backed by a bunch of investors including Crescendo Ventures, Technology Crossover Ventures, Red Rock Ventures, and Crystal Internet Ventures

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