Veritas Upgrades Server Recovery Software

Veritas Software Monday upgraded an
application that automates the recovery of different server systems in its
ongoing effort to minimize system downtime and make IT administration
easier.


The Mountain View, Calif. firm’s revised Bare Metal Restore 4.6 features
“dissimilar system restore,” which lets a user recover software from Windows
or Unix systems to different hardware than the source hardware, eliminating
the need to manually reinstall operating systems.


This covers disparate network interface adapters, storage devices, video
adapters, motherboards, and CPU quantities and types from different hardware
vendors. The new version also may restore a server to a point in time before
the last backup, which is critical for data corruption or virus situations.


Using a cross-platform, browser-based interface, Bare Metal Restore
automates the steps needed to recover servers from component or server
failures, a chore that normally requires that systems administrators be
knowledgeable about different platforms. For example, the new software can
restore a Windows server even though the target server’s CPU configuration,
network interface cards or disk controllers have changed, obviating the need
for manual attendance. These means businesses don’t need to keep hardware
components from the same vendor lying around if a recovery is needed.


The upgrade comes as businesses continue to seek ways to combat unplanned
downtime, including downtime caused by disasters or routine hardware
failures. Automation characteristics are increasingly popular features that
many storage software providers such as EMC have been adding to their mix of
products to brings systems back online faster and more efficiently. They are
also the lynchpin of many types of utility software, a red-hot trend Veritas
recently
embraced
.


Dianne McAdam, senior analyst and partner, Data Mobility Group, said:
“Principal to reducing the cost of downtime is software that can automate
recovery of the organization’s data from one server to another, even if the
two systems are not identical. This capability reduces the time to get
systems back up and running without requiring the CIO to keep a data center
full of unused systems at the ready.”


Customers must have Veritas NetBackup to run Bare Metal Restore 4.6, which
supports HP-UX, IBM AIX, Sun Solaris and Windows platforms. Available in
June, Bare Metal Restore 4.6 costs $900 per Windows client and $1,000 per
Unix client for new customers. The product will be at no additional cost to
current Bare Metal Restore customers with support and maintenance contracts.

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