Veritas grabs mouthful of The Kernel Group

Determined to deliver advanced disaster recovery products to customers managing multi-vendor storage networks, Veritas Software Corp. on Tuesday announced it has purchased The Kernel Group (TKG), a privately held software company in Austin, Texas.

TKG has developed cross-platform technology called Bare Metal Restore that helps administrators quickly restore the configuration and settings within a storage network that are lost during a network crash or failure, according to Julie Stewart, the product manager for Veritas' NetBackup storage software.

Veritas will integrate TKG's Bare Metal Restore technology into Veritas' NetBackup product so administrators facing the task of having to perform a full data restore on a network can quickly restore the system configurations as well, said Stewart. Acquired TKG technology will also expand NetBackup's existing Window-based configuration restore capability to include non-Windows platforms like Sun's Solaris environment and IBM's AIX platform, said Stewart.

"Traditional backup products will restore all the user data on the machine, but they will not help you get a system reconfigured," said Stewart. "Before, administrators had to keep track of all the (configuration) settings. And just getting the system reconfigured before you restore the user data can take up to half a day, assuming you get it right."

With TKG's Bare Metal Restore technology integrated into NetBackup, the time it takes to restore the configuration of an average storage network using NetBackup will be whittled down to about 15 minutes, said Stewart.

The first versions of NetBackup to ship with TKG technology should arrive by the end of the first quarter of 2002, said Stewart. Veritas will ship a Linux-based version of NetBackup with the new TKG software tools shortly after that, said Stewart.

The configuration restore tools will be sold as an option inside NetBackup. No pricing has yet been made available.

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