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Veritas Updates Backup Exec

Veritas Software Tuesday unveiled a significant upgrade to its Backup Exec software.

Backup Exec 10.0 includes a number of new features targeted at the small and midsize enterprise space, said Pat Hanavan, senior director of product management at the Mountain View, Calif.-based vendor.

Among the new offerings is Central Administration, an optional tool for centralizing backups from multiple locations. Previously, such backups were configured using Backup Exec and Veritas' Media Server software, but each backup had to be configured separately. With Central Administration, customers can use a single interface to handle policies and media relationships for the various backups, Hanavan said.

Also new are disk-based tools to cut the time and resources required for backups. These tools include multistage backups that allow data to be backed up to disk, which is treated as a virtual tape library; synthetic backups, where full backups are created from incremental backups to reduce the time needed to back up a data set; and off-host backups for SAN environments, under which a seperate backup server handles the backups and frees the host server from that task.

Veritas is adding full Linux and Unix support, making backups on those operating systems more efficient, Hanavan said.

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