Veritas is set to announce plans to acquire start-up Ejasent to help bolster its utility computing strategy.

Ejasent develops policy-based application management, application virtualisation and usage data mediation products that let IT better utilize their applications and automate their administration.

Earlier last year, Veritas also acquired two companies that were critical to its broader strategy. Its acquisition of Jareva was used to boost its server, as well as storage provisioning capability. The acquisition of Precise Software allowed Veritas to tie its data protection, virtualisation and utilisation software to applications and their performance.

The acquisition of Ejasent further fills out Veritas' idea of utility computing – being able to not only provision and automate storage tasks and resources, but to be able to extend the same capability to servers as well as applications.

“If Veritas were to go ahead and pick up a company like Ejasent, clearly it would be very much in line with a utility computing strategy in that it is yet another piece of the utility infrastructure,” says William Hurley, senior analyst for the Enterprise Application Group. “Ejacent has relationships with EDS which is very much in the utility data center world and with Opsware, which builds software for that environment.”

“If Veritas were to pick up Ejasent, they would be clearly swimming in that same stream,” says Hurley.

Ejasent has two products for utility computing – UpScale and MicroMeasure. UpScale is a policy-based application management system that allows resources to be dynamically scheduled and allocated in order to enable on-demand computing. It virtualises applications across pools of servers and dynamically reallocates them as needs change.

MicroMeasure allows the reporting, analysis and chargeback of IT resources based on usage.

Terms of the deal are not known.