Veritas has announced enhancements to its flagship data protection
product that the company says reduce data center downtime by
streamlining backup and recovery performance.
The NetBackup 4.5 Feature Pack provides instant recovery, gives users
greater access to information, reduces the overall cost of storage by
eliminating multiple copies and reducing data, and provides an 80%
increase in speed, according to Bob Maness, senior director of product
marketing at Veritas. Disaster recovery has also been enhanced by use of
the Iron Mountain format, he said.
The Feature Pack “reduces the time to recovery and offers unprecedented
support for Exchange mailboxes, allowing customers to access their
critical data at the service level they desire, while minimizing risk,”
said Brenda Zawatski, vice president of product marketing at Veritas.
The NetBackup 4.5 Feature Pack includes enhancements such as:
- An Instant Recovery Option that lets companies recover data directly
from disk, “virtually eliminating data center downtime,” the company
said. To produce the fastest recovery possible, the Instant Data
Recovery option utilizes snapshot technology to retrieve point-in-time
copies of data from disk. Integration with Veritas File System and
Veritas Volume Manager provides faster and more reliable disk-based data
protection without data movement to tape. The option gives companies the
ability to choose disk or tape depending on their business needs.
- Streamlined Microsoft Exchange Support, for providing faster backup and
recovery at the mailbox-level of Microsoft Exchange environments through
single instance store technology, eliminating the redundancy typical of
mailbox-level backups. The software achieves quicker and more efficient
Exchange mailbox backups by backing up only one instance of an
attachment stored by multiple Exchange users. NetBackup 4.5 Feature Pack
also provides full support for Microsoft server platforms, including the
Windows Server 2003 (.NET) operating system.
- Integrated Disaster Recovery, a new tape management and reporting
capability that helps companies better manage the transport of backup
tapes to an off-site location, such as Iron Mountain, to ensure that
data is available in the event of a disaster, and to integrate local
backup programs with a comprehensive disaster recovery plan. The new
reporting feature allows administrators to automate routine tasks,
increasing the efficiency of implementing and maintaining a disaster
Veritas data protection software commands 48.8 percent of the UNIX and
Windows backup and recovery market, almost twice as much as runner up
Tivoli Storage Manager, Veritas said, citing Gartner Dataquest 2001
Storage Management Software Market Share, March 2002.
Veritas data protection software helps reduce operational and management
costs by providing a single backup source for multi-platform
environments, including UNIX, Linux, Windows and the upcoming Windows
Server 2003, the company said.
“In today’s economic environment, companies have been forced to look for
ways to maximize existing IT resources and manage costs intelligently,”
said Steve Kenniston, technology analyst, Enterprise Storage Group.
“Using the new Veritas NetBackup 4.5 Feature Pack to further reduce or
eliminate downtime provides tremendous tangible business benefits. An
increased return on investment, improved rates of business transactions
and enhanced incremental revenue are all beneficial to any
budget-conscious IT manager.”
“Veritas today owns the backup market,” Kenniston said. “At a competitive level, they have a very robust feature set and support a large number of server and client platforms
that allow them to support and help customers grow into environments with
hetrogeneous hardware. They have also begun releasing products in these new
Feature Packs or release trains, providing customers with the features they need
in a timely fashion.”
“Using a proven and reliable backup and recovery product is critical to
the success of our day to day IT operations,” said Scott Zeiders, UNIX
system administrator, Tyco Electronics. “Veritas NetBackup offers a
number of features that accelerate our ability to make our UNIX data
center run at peak effectiveness. At the same time, we’re able make our
data highly available in a complex, heterogeneous environment using a
product that has proven itself time and again.”
Veritas NetBackup 4.5 Feature Pack is available globally from Veritas
Software and through Veritas Software’s network of authorized partners,
starting at a suggested retail price of $5,000 for Windows and Linux
platforms and $10,000 for UNIX platforms. The Feature Pack is free for
customers under maintenance, Maness said.
For full information regarding the new features and enhancements for
Veritas NetBackup 4.5 Feature Pack, visit the
Veritas Web site.
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