Storage software company Veritas has claimed that its next-generation Backup Exec software runs 88 per cent faster than its predecessor (version 8.6) on Windows Server 2003.
The new release is the first to fully integrate with Windows Server 2003, explaining the dramatic performance hike, according to the company.
Robin Purohit, vice president of product management at Veritas, told vnunet.com: "[Backup Exec] is exploiting the third-party services in Server 2003.
"It leverages the snapshot service to take a native back-up and allows staging of back-ups.
"It also uses the change logs in SQL Server for much faster incremental back-ups."
Installation times have also improved, down to 10 minutes the company claimed, with new installation wizards and automation technology.
Purohit said that Microsoft Exchange is driving the growth of the Windows environment and that customers are aware that email contains business-critical data. He added that the software now provides a single store for all attachments.
Other new facilities include the 'Anywhere Internet' interface, a password controlled web-based console for remotely monitoring and managing back-up and recovery.
According to research by Gartner Dataquest, Veritas held 56 per cent of the Windows data protection market at the end of 2001.
Sue Clarke, senior research analyst at Butler Group, said that back-up is something Veritas did well.
But she warned that the firm had to maintain its close relationship with Microsoft to ensure that future operating system changes were reflected in its software.
"For companies with mixed Unix and Microsoft servers, having to use a different back-up tool is a downside. They want a single tool that backs up the whole business," explained Clarke.
Veritas NetBackup is used to handle back-up and recovery for mixed non-Windows systems.
Aimed primarily at small to medium sized enterprises, Backup Exec will be sold entirely through the channel.
Pricing has been simplified from the previous version. The core 'Platform' software costs £561 with optional agents such as Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, Oracle and SQL Server each costing £702.
The only exception is the special SAP R/3 for Oracle agent costing £2,235.
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