By Heidi Biggar
Filling a void in low-end markets, Veritas last month began shipping NetBackup BusinesServer 3.3 for workgroups, particularly Unix environments. The software also serves remote data sites, where full-scale backup/recovery applications such as Net-Backup can be cost-prohibitive or excessive.
"We didn't have a presence in the Unix workgroup market," says John Maxwell, product management director at Veritas, "and we knew we needed to sell both Camrys and Corollas."
According to Maxwell, while Busines-Server leverages key code from NetBackup, it doesn't cannibalize it. "We've throttled the code somewhat, but we've also added new features, which may make their way into enterprise-class NetBackup over time," he says. Veritas is positioning the software to compete with Legato Workgroup and Network editions.
New to the product is tape "auto discovery," as well as a Java/Windows-based GUI and wizards for easy installation, configuration, and use. Other differentiating features include support for database backups, which allow users to perform hot backups while databases are running; shared memory technology, which buffers data for optimum performance; and a nonproprietary gnu/tar tape format.
In terms of scalability, BusinesServer supports up to four clients, two tape drives per server, and one library with up to two drives and 22 slots. Multiplexing capabilities enable eight parallel data streams to be written to a single tape drive. If users demand greater functionality, they can upgrade to NetBackup.
Release 3.3 works in Sun and HP Unix environments, as well as Windows NT, and supports a variety of tape libraries and drives. Though its primary target is 4mm and DLT, Veritas is not ruling out support for SuperDLT and LTO.
NetBackup BusinesServer 3.3 is priced at $3,995. Veritas' Global Data Manager can be purchased separately ($3,600/five servers) for a centralized view of remote NetBackup Busines-Server sites. Additional functionality and support are expected in the second and fourth quarters.