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Vol. 3 No. 12 February 2005

Backup exec: Time to grow up

As Windows servers grow in size and number, backup software designed for workgroup environments has had trouble keeping up. At least that's been the case for Veritas' Backup Exec, and it's a problem the company hopes it has solved with the introduction of version 10 last month. Veritas customer Josh Bauer, a network administrator at Daymon Worldwide, Stamford, CT, says that by upgrading to version 10, he won't have to upgrade to an enterprise-class product like Veritas' NetBackup or EMC/Legato's NetWorker. Daymon is using Backup Exec 10 with the Desktop/Laptop option to protect approximately 20 servers and 300 desktops. Arguably, the main enhancement in Backup Exec 10 is the Central Administration Server Option (CASO), a "manager of managers," says Peter Gerr, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). With CASO, you can define, distribute and report on jobs from a single console. It replaces Backup Exec 9's Admin Plus option, which "was kind of like the tip of the iceberg in terms of what people needed," says Pat ...

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