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Veritas Sutures Backup Tools

Veritas Software Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTS) has added more padding around its flagship backup and recovery software products, with an application intended to let IT organizations provide data protection as a service and another designed to help customers achieve regulatory compliance (see Veritas Upgrades Backup Suite).

Veritas is positioning its new CommandCentral Service 3.5 software as a way to let IT organizations create a "utility computing" model and deliver backup and recovery as a service to their end users. The software integrates with Veritas's NetBackup and Backup Exec products to discover backup and recovery jobs and other events information, and it is able to monitor service levels across various applications, locations, and business units.

The enhancements come at an especially critical time for Veritas, which is hearing the footsteps of perhaps its most serious competitor to date in the storage software market: EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC), which recently completed its acquisition of Legato Systems (see EMC Gobbles Legato and EMC Closes Legato Acquisition).

Ever since EMC announced its plans to buy Legato, Veritas has conspicuously mentioned its wins of former Legato customers, noting that in recent months it has converted companies including BAE Systems; the City of Santa Clara, Calif.; Kodak; the State of Nevada; Usinternetworking; and York University.

However, EMC and Legato see it as a sign that Veritas is sweating. "We just find it interesting that Veritas is so enamored with us now, when just a few months ago they wouldn't mention us as competitors," says Legato spokesman Todd Cadley, who points out that Legato's revenues in the past four quarters have accelerated faster than Veritas's.

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