Veritas to update NetBackup, Storage Vault

Veritas has announced that new versions of its NetBackup and Enterprise Vault software will begin shipping in the next few months.

Veritas Software plans to release new versions of its NetBackup and Enterprise Vault software over the next few months that are designed to be easier to use and better integrated with products from other technology vendors. The company announced the new products at its Veritas Vision 2005 conference in San Francisco Tuesday.

A new version of the company's popular NetBackup backup and recovery software will give users a single point of management where they can backup and recover data that has been archived by a variety of different products, said Jeremy Burton, executive vice president of the company's data management group.

Users will be able to discover and retrieve "snapshot" copies of data that have been created by products from Network Appliance, (NetApp) EMC Inc., and Hitachi Data Systems, as well as a number of other vendors, he said.

"You have fully integrated system recovery, so you can recover the data whether we backed it up, or whether one of the hardware vendors or system vendors backed up the data," Burton said during a press conference Tuesday. "This is a fairly unique approach."

Veritas has paid particular attention to NetApp, and the new version of NetBackup will include a number of features tailored to NetApp's products. In fact, version 6.0 will be the culmination of a two-year collaboration between the two companies, which saw 20 percent of Veritas's more than 400 NetBackup engineers working on the project, according to Burton.

NetBackup can now manage the NetApp Snapshot, SnapRestore and SnapVault software, and NetApp customers will be able to more easily and efficiently backup data using the Veritas software.

NetBackup 6.0 will also have improved NetBackup Operations Manager software that will include real-time reporting tools and a new centralized management console. The software will also allow administrators to better customize reports, Burton said.

Burton also announced the first version of the Enterprise Vault e-mail archiving software to be released since Veritas purchased the company that developed the product, KVault Software (KVS). Veritas paid US$225 million for KVS in August of 2004.

In July, Veritas will begin shipping Enterprise Vault 6.0, which will support Lotus Domino and Microsoft's SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Enterprise Vault will also be integrated with NetBackup, so that administrators can migrate their e-mail archives on to different storage devices using the Veritas backup software.

That's exactly what the City of Oceanside, California, plans to do. Within the next few weeks, Oceanside will begin a beta project that will ultimately move the city's e-mail archives, now stored for a period of two years using Enterprise Vault, onto a storage area network, where they can be backed up for an additional two years.

By the July release date, Veritas will have taken nearly a year to release this upgrade, but Oceanside Chief Information Officer Mike Sherwood says it has been worth the wait. He is most interested in the performance improvements and better integration with NetBackup that is expected in version 6.0. With the volume of e-mail skyrocketing and with the City now receiving hundreds of public requests each year for archived e-mail, backing up and retrieving e-mail is becoming a bigger part of his job, Sherwood said.

NetBackup 6.0 will begin shipping by the end of August, Veritas said. Pricing has not yet been determined for either NetBackup 6.0 or Enterprise Vault 6.0.