VERITAS Software Corporation recently announced it has acquired Invio Software, Inc., a privately-held, Los Altos, California-based supplier of IT process automation technology, in an all-cash transaction valued at $35 million. 

Invio's highly-customizable process automation engine, which is already an integral component of VERITAS CommandCentral Service 4.0, extends the capability of VERITAS' software products that enable utility computing by offering customers a tool for standardizing and automating IT service delivery in key areas such as storage provisioning, server provisioning and data protection. 

With a "point-and-click" interface, Invio's technology allows IT managers to select from a broad range of out-of-the box process templates and customize them to define, manage and automate IT processes for their organization.  Workflows can be used to define rules for application and infrastructure requirements, such as ensuring that database provisioning always uses a consistent underlying storage configuration.  Services can then be incrementally extended and evolved-according to best practices and company policies-to continually adapt and align IT services with the evolving needs of the business. 

"Enabling the delivery of IT as a clearly defined and measurable service is fundamental to enabling utility computing because it is central to understanding both the value and the cost of supplying technology resources to users," said Mark Bregman, executive vice president of product operations, VERITAS Software.  "Invio's process automation technology adds another strategic capability to the VERITAS utility computing portfolio, helping IT organizations to dynamically deliver services that are measurable, accountable and aligned with business needs." 

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