Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Symantec releases Veritas Storage Foundation as freeware

Symantec have release a version of Veritas Storage Foundation as freeware. It seems to be aimed at small businesses running small servers as it is limited to creating 4 volumes / file systems and will only run on 2 processor machines.

It is available for Solaris 8,9,10 (SPARC), Solaris 10 (x64), AIX 5.2,5.3, RHEL4 (XEON/EM64T/Opteron/Itanium 2), SLES 9,10 (XEON/EM64T/Opteron/Itanium 2) and Windows 2000 and 2003.

This is good news for small companies as the licence cost of Storage Foundation used to be a significant overhead. If you are buying commodity hardware and putting a free operating system on it, then the $1000 or so SF used to cost is significant.

It is also good news for me as it means that my home lab set up can now include even more software I am likely to use at client sites.

More on this when I have tried it out.

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