Veritas Software is expected to extend its storage management features to users of Windows NT and Windows 2000 servers. The company will announce three new software packages for NT and Windows 2000, which were previously only available for Unix servers. Dubbed Volume Manager for Windows 2000, Volume Manager for Windows NT 4 and File System for Windows NT 4, the software packages allow easier and more precise management, control and configuration of Windows network resources and files, while increasing the performance and fault-tolerant options for storage administrators.
Volume Manager for Windows NT 4 and its complementary package for Win 2000 let customers configure disk storage, and create and manage mirrored or RAID storage systems for fault tolerance. In mirroring, data is written to two or more disks simultaneously to increase availability and security.
Volume Manager also lets disks be striped, in which portions of data are written across numerous partitions on several hard disks to ensure data integrity. In addition, the software lets administrators increase the size of volumes, cluster storage arrays and optimise storage without taking the system down. Veritas also introduced File System for Windows NT 4. This software lets customers enhance the file system capability of NT to include database or messaging transaction rollback for increased integrity, recovery of files that may have been corrupted during operation and added storage capacity without taking the server down. Volume Manager for Windows NT or Win 2000 is about $1740 per server and $1200 per processor. The NT version is available immediately. The version for Win 2000 will be available in the fourth quarter. File System for Windows NT 4 also costs $1740 per server and $1200 per processor. It will be available in June.