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Veritas has announced that it is expanding its Linux software line. As part of a Linux expansion, Veritas announced that it is partnering with Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Dell Computer and Redhat in this endeavor. Originating as a clone of UNIX, Linux was created as an open source platform by volunteer programmers. Its popularity and use has increased as participation from companies such as Advanced Micro Devices, Intel, Sun MicroSystems, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM have added support for the Linux platform as a viable alternative to Microsoft’s Windows platform. The Veritas Linux software will be certified to work on IBM Intel-based servers and Dell servers.

Veritas, whose main product line is storage and data protection, also has released “clustering” software, which allows IT shops to couple servers together so that there is redundancy in the event one of the servers fails. In an apparent move away from Sun MicroSystems’ Unix platform versions, Veritas has recently committed to expanded support for IBM’s version of Unix, AIX. Veritas has not previously marketed software in the mainframe IBM environment, but inside sources confirmed Veritas’s plans to release mainframe Linux products in 2003.