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Veritas Plots Its Backup Plan

As Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) prepares to encroach on its turf, Veritas Software Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTS) is ready to beef up its disk-backup capabilities.

Jeremy Burton, new boss of Veritass Data Protection unit, plans to revamp his product line over the next nine months to add disk-protection, replication, and archiving features it picked up by acquiring KVS Inc. (see No Brainer: Veritas Buys KVS).

Burton moves into his EVP job as part of a company reorganization announced last week (see Veritas Regroups). He assumes the post as Veritas’s dominance in tape-backup software is challenged by the rise of disk-based backup, Microsoft’s entry into that arena, a renewed attack from EMC with its Legato software, and burgeoning success of smaller players. (See Microsoft's Recovery Plan, Microsoft Uses Veritas, and Veritas Pummeled by Panel.) Veritas is also coming off a rocky financial quarter (see Veritas Rides Earnings See-Saw).

So it’s no wonder Veritas is overhauling its data protection line, especially Backup Exec, Net Backup, and the Enterprise Vault email archive product acquired from KVS. Burton says new versions of those products will be out over the next nine months.

“People say what else can you do with backup technology?” Burton says. “We’re far from done, mainly because of new technologies. Disk is cheap, and we’re seeing an increasing convergence of replication and the technology that’s been known as backup.”

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