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Veritas Vacuums Desktop Data

Veritas Software Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTS) today announced details of its software for backing up desktop and laptop PCs -- code-named Project Shadow -- that's integrated with its server-oriented backup and recovery packages (see Veritas Backs Up Desktops).

The Desktop and Laptop Option [ed. note: cleverly named, indeed!] will be available as part of the next versions of Veritas's Backup Exec and NetBackup software, which are due out in December 2003. The PC-backup software, which the company says was developed as an entirely new code-base, is available only for Windows clients.

Veritas has offered a separate backup software package for desktop and laptop PCs, called NetBackup Professional. But because this requires a dedicated server with its own dedicated storage, it wasn't as appealing to customers, says Steve Kenniston, senior analyst at Enterprise Storage Group Inc.

"They recognized that the product that they had -- while it was a good product -- didn't meet all the requirements their customers had," he says. "I think there are literally thousands of boxes of NetBackup Pro sitting on shelves somewhere, because it wasn't a simple upgrade."

With the new option, desktop clients are managed from the management console of NetBackup or Backup Exec, says Lanna Metcalf, product marketing manager at Veritas. The client software also offers a continuous backup capability that transmits files to the backup server as they're created or changed, and an "invisible" client that doesn't allow users to modify settings.

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