Veritas ups speed and support for Backup Exec

With an array of new features, Veritas Software Corp. Wednesday released its latest version of Backup Exec for Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Servers.

Veritas’ Backup Exec is a network back-up and restore solution designed for workgroup environments. The software copies data from Windows-based servers and restores the information in the event of a failure.

The newest version, Backup Exec 9.0 offers enhancements focused on reducing downtime and data loss including an “Anywhere Internet” Web-based console that allows administrators manage back-up and recovery from any Internet-connected device, anywhere in the world.

Veritas said it has also accelerated the back-up and restore of Exchange environments by a whopping 88 per cent over the previous 8.6 version and Backup Exec 9.0 offers speedier installation with the help of new installation wizards and automation technology to get users up and running within ten minutes.

In addition to faster back-up and installation features, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company also announced support for all Microsoft server platforms including the much-anticipated Windows Server 2003 and .Net server. As well, big-league vendors including Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard Corp. and Dell Corp. are currently all working with Veritas to bring their respective customers high-availability access to data.

Veritas also announced Wednesday the results of an independent survey detailing the company’s recognition rate amongst customers and partners. The survey, conducted by NFO Prognostics, a division of NFO WorldGroup, found that 97 per cent of customers would recommend Veritas data protection products to other companies, while 96 per cent of customers said Veritas offers the best data protection software for Microsoft’s Windows suite of products.

Veritas’ Backup Exec 9.0 for Windows Server is available now and pricing starts at US$795. For details, visit the company online at