VERITAS Upgrades Server Recovery Software


VERITAS Software Monday upgraded an application that automates the recovery of different server systems in its ongoing effort to minimize system downtime and make IT administration easier.

The Mountain View, Calif. firm's revised Bare Metal Restore 4.6 features "dissimilar system restore," which lets a user recover software from Windows or Unix systems to different hardware than the source hardware, eliminating the need to manually reinstall operating systems.

This covers disparate network interface adapters, storage devices, video adapters, motherboards, and CPU quantities and types from different hardware vendors. The new version also may restore a server to a point in time before the last backup, which is critical for data corruption or virus situations.

Using a cross-platform, browser-based interface, Bare Metal Restore automates the steps needed to recover servers from component or server failures, a chore that normally requires that systems administrators be knowledgeable about different platforms. For example, the new software can restore a Windows server even though the target server's CPU configuration, network interface cards, or disk controllers have changed, obviating the need for manual attendance. This also means businesses don't need to keep hardware components from the same vendor lying around if a recovery is needed.

The upgrade comes as businesses continue to seek ways to combat unplanned downtime, including downtime caused by disasters or routine hardware failures. Automation characteristics are increasingly popular features that many storage software providers such as EMC have been adding to their mix of products to bring systems back online faster and more efficiently. They are also the lynchpin of many types of utility software, a red-hot trend VERITAS recently embraced.

Dianne McAdam, senior analyst and partner, Data Mobility Group, states, "Principal to reducing the cost of downtime is software that can automate recovery of the organization's data from one server to another, even if the two systems are not identical. This capability reduces the time to get systems back up and running without requiring the CIO to keep a data center full of unused systems at the ready."

Customers must have VERITAS NetBackup to run Bare Metal Restore 4.6, which supports HP-UX, IBM AIX, Sun Solaris, and Windows platforms. Available in June, Bare Metal Restore 4.6 will cost $900 per Windows client and $1,000 per Unix client for new customers. The product will be available for upgrade at no additional cost to current Bare Metal Restore customers with valid support and maintenance contracts.

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