Symantec to roll out tool for managing backups

Symantec next week is expected to unveil data protection software that lets IT administrators monitor, control and manage all the backups in their enterprise networks.

Called LiveState Recovery Manager 3.0, the product offers a consolidated view of enterprise-wide backups, monitors remote systems from a central console and verifies backup integrity. With the software, IT administrators can automatically deploy backup services and create policies that govern the backup operations that take place.

LiveState Recovery Manager is a new product - the 3.0 designation simply coincides with the company's LiveState Recovery 3.0 data protection product, which lets IT administrators perform disk-based backups.

With LiveState Recovery Manager, IT administrators can identify how many devices are enabled for recovery, how many have jobs scheduled, how many have missed scheduled jobs and how many are offline. The number of incidents are displayed graphically and links are provided to help resolve any problems identified.

LiveState Recovery Manager is also linked to Symantec's pcAnywhere remote control product. With pcAnywhere, users can recover remote servers and workstations. The product is also linked to the Snap Server manager and allows users to configure archive space on Snap server appliances.

The LiveState Recovery products came to Symantec through its acquisition of PowerQuest in September 2003.

LiveState Recovery Manager is expected to be available in April starting at US$341 for the advanced server and US$19.94 for each desktop backed up.

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