Veritas Software Corp. may be gearing up for its bid for the systems management market, but with its second storage software upgrade in as many months, it appears the company hasn't lost sight of its bread and butter -- backup and recovery.
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The Mountain View, Calif., company on Tuesday announced enhancements to its Veritas NetBackup data protection software. The upgrades are aimed at streamlining backup and recovery performance.
New features of the Veritas NetBackup 4.5 Feature Pack include an instant recovery option that allows data recovery directly from disk, better support for backup and recovery at the mailbox level of Microsoft Exchange environments and Integrated Disaster Recovery, which is a tape management and reporting capability that manages the transport of backup tapes to an off-site location.
Last month, Veritas debuted the latest version of its top backup application, Backup Exec 9.0 for Windows Servers. Backup Exec 9.0 was designed to back up Microsoft Exchange e-mail servers and has been integrated into Microsoft's upcoming Windows Server 2003 operating system.
Steve Kenniston, a technology analyst with Enterprise Storage Group Inc., Milford, Mass., said that using NetBackup 4.5 Feature Pack to reduce or eliminate data center downtime can benefit businesses.
Kenniston said Veritas customers who have been NetBackup users for quite some time and who do run Exchange liked the features they saw in Veritas' Backup Exec software -- and those customers wanted the features in NetBackup.
"This move helps to make the backup story from Veritas consistent from the high end to the low end," he said.
In a surprise move last December, Veritas made its intentions for extending its software reach in the data center known by acquiring Precise Software Solutions Ltd. and Jareva Technologies Inc., a pair of purchases that gave the company control of servers, applications and storage.
The Precise acquisition, a $537 million transaction, brings Veritas' storage management software up to the application level by enabling monitoring and analysis of an application infrastructure. Web servers, application servers, databases and storage now fall under Veritas' management expertise. Precise is based in Westwood, Mass.
Jareva Technologies' focus is on automated server provisioning. The Sunnyvale, Calif., company's software, which cost Veritas $62 million, automatically provisions requests for a replacement from a server pool in the event of a failure. Jareva brings new servers online, puts in place the correct environment and then passes it to Veritas to fail over the application.
Competitors like Computer Associates International Inc. said Veritas is overstepping its bounds by trying to move from managing just storage to tackling the entire data center, but Mark Bregman, executive vice president of product operations for Veritas, said the company has moved beyond the storage part of data management to server and application availability.
"We've filled in a couple of squares on the chess board with these acquisitions," Bregman said. "This extends our storage performance [capabilities] up into server applications."
Bregman said that Jareva lets Veritas fill in the server application automation stack, including server provisioning, while Precise adds performance management capabilities.
Veritas said it will take time to integrate the product lines of the acquired companies. Bregman estimates the deals will close in the middle of 2003. Products will soon follow.
Veritas NetBackup 4.5 is available now for $5,000 for Windows and Linux platforms and $10,000 for Unix platforms.
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