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Vol. 1 No. 12 February 2003

Veritas Dumps Bare Metal Restore for TSM

When it comes to Unix servers, there aren't a whole lot of applications that will let you do bare metal restore, that is, restore a system after a catastrophic failure. Veritas has announced that effective this June, it will discontinue sales of Bare Metal Restore for IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager, although it will continue to support it for another two years, through 2005. Veritas obtained Bare Metal Restore software last year through its acquisition of The Kernel Group. TKG's Bare Metal Restore was relatively unique in that it was the only bare metal restore package to support most commercial Unix operating systems. Tivoli has responded by coming out with its own bare metal recovery product, dubbed TSM for System Backup and Recovery, which is available for AIX and eventually, other operating systems, says Mike McCarthy, IBM director of market management for Tivoli storage software. The decision to discontinue Veritas BMR for TSM was mutual, McCarthy says, and honestly, "not that big a deal." As a product, "Tivoli hasn't sold ...

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