Veritas: Buffed-Up Back-Up for SMBs

Tuesday Feb 10th 2004 by Clint Boulton
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Back-up and storage player refreshes key products for smaller businesses with features formerly built for major enterprises. NetBackup 5.0 integrates software as a utility with data archiving, retention and retrieval.

Veritas Software topped off the refresh of its backup and recovery software line Monday by issuing Veritas NetBackup 5.0 Server for mid-size organizations and remote offices.

Previously called Veritas NetBackup Business Server, the new software package is part of the Mountain View, Calif.-based company's utility computing strategy of tailoring software for customers' computing resources, as required by their own spikes in traffic.

Veritas joined the utility computing fray against rivals IBM, HP and Computer Associates last year after acquiring application performance management provider Precise Solutions and server provisioning concern Jareva Technologies.

NetBackup 5.0 dovetails with the outfit's new strategy by integrating with CommandCentral Service, which the company created last year to deliver software as a utility, and Data Lifecycle Manager, which provides data archiving, retention and retrieval.

Glenn Groshans, director of product marketing, said the refresh was important because mid-level businesses often require software capable of covering large scale IT environments and data centers.

"This release is about bringing enterprise strength in data protection to the mid-sized market," Groshans said. "It's geared to meet the pain points experienced in large enterprises wanting more of everything, including more resources and higher service levels."

Groshans said NetBackup 5.0 is geared to help mid-size businesses cope with the explosion of data growth, despite their limited staff and expanding businesses.

The product provides limitless client protection and tape storage support to protect additional systems and databases. Other enterprise capabilities include disk staging, synthetic backup and automated disaster recovery. For example, because it employs technology from Veritas Volume Replicator, NetBackup Server automatically replicates data to a safe site.

The latest release effectively completes Veritas' backup and recovery refresh. It also migrates to the company's high-end backup package, NetBackup Enterprise Server, which was refreshed last November and preserves data for large enterprises and corporate data centers. The company's entry product, Backup Exec, was also refreshed in November.

NetBackup Server works with UNIX, Windows, Linux and NetWare environments to appeal to a broad base of customer operating systems.

The software is available now and begins at $2000; customers using Veritas NetBackup Business Server can migrate to NetBackup Server free.

Adapted from internetnews.com.

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