The agreement unites the top two players in the storage management software market. EMC has a 30.4% share of the market and Veritas a 19.8% share, according to Gartner/Dataquest.
Over the past seven years, EMC and Veritas Software have worked together to integrate their respective technologies and provide customers with the highest levels of interoperability, the companies said. The new agreement extends access to previously exchanged APIs and includes new APIs relating to storage arrays, volume and file management, and replication features.
"EMC will now have the ability to add greater functionality to their management solutions, particularly the ARM solution," said Nancy Marrone, senior analyst at Enterprise Storage Group. "Having volume management and replication APIs enables EMC to add additional capability to their automated management solutions, particularly assigning volumes from heterogeneous arrays. I'm not sure when EMC will announce any additional capabilities, but these APIs will definitely make the assignment of resources in heterogeneous SANs easier for EMC."
Under the terms of the agreement, EMC will be licensing APIs to Veritas to provide broader support for EMC Symmetrix and CLARiiON storage systems as well as for Celerra network servers. Veritas Software will be licensing APIs to EMC for supporting mapping, control, and replication functions of the Veritas Volume Manager, Veritas File System, and Veritas Foundation Suite products. Additionally, the companies will define cooperative support levels so that end users of the respective storage system and storage management products can receive joint support for the integrated product offerings.
Steve Kenniston, technology analyst at Enterprise Storage Group, noted that Veritas has already been using a few EMC APIs for some products. He called the new agreement "a bigger formalization of the relationship that had been going on for a while."
Kenniston said he'd like to see even more synergy between the two storage management giants, but that the expanded agreement will help. "Sharing this information can help make storage management easier," Kenniston said. "At the end of the day, it should help end users more successfully integrate their storage management infrastructure."