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Veritas offers single point of control for backup tools

Veritas Software has developed a new interface that lets users combine management of its popular NetBackup and Backup Exec applications.

Veritas Software Corp. has given its NetBackup and Backup Exec customers a better way to see the big picture of backup and restore.

The Mountain View, Calif., software maker on Monday announced a new version of its Global Data Manager software. The tool manages and monitors backup and recovery processes for both Veritas NetBackup and Backup Exec.

Veritas said that Global Data Manager gives administrators a dashboard view of multiple data protection processes that may be spread across an enterprise.

Veritas' senior director of product marketing, Bob Maness, said that administrators can use Global Data Manager to efficiently manage remote office backup with Backup Exec and multi-platform enterprise data protection with NetBackup by controlling the processes and policies from a single point.

"The dashboard allows the user to look into the two products and do a number of things," Maness said. "It makes the road to consolidation of backup and restore systems easier."

Maness said that Global Data Manager offers more drill-down capabilities than NetBackup or Backup Exec alone.

Maness also said that Veritas will make enhancements to its Bare Metal Restore software product later this year. Additionally, he said, the company will work on enhancing functions as Veritas moves its software into the network, a move based on the company's acquisitions last year of Precise Software and Jareva Technologies. Maness also said that a new release of NetBackup will hit the streets before the year is out.

Steve Kenniston, technology analyst for the Milford, Mass.-based Enterprise Storage Group Inc., said this technology will soon be capable of monitoring clusters and that other capabilities will be built in, such as policy-based data migration and archiving.

Kenniston pointed out that Veritas has not stated this, but he believes this is the most logical direction for the company to take this product.

"Much like the network management tools from BMC, Tivoli and HP, this could be that technology solution for storage," he said.

The only catch to the Global Data Manager is that users must be running a minimum of one version of NetBackup and one version of Backup Exec, meaning that Enterprise users running both applications are the target customer base for this product.

Veritas has updated each of its backup packages in the past two months. February saw the debut of Veritas NetBackup 4.5 Feature Pack, which included 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. In January, Veritas released Backup Exec 9.0 for Windows Servers, the latest incarnation of its flagship backup and recovery software for small and medium-sized businesses.

Veritas Global Data Manager starts at $5,000. It supports NetBackup on AIX, HP-UX, Solaris and Windows. Pricing for each managed Veritas NetBackup server starts at $1,495 for Unix and $795 for Windows and Linux, while each managed Backup Exec server costs 5.

Let us know what you think about the story. E-mail Kevin Komiega, News Writer


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