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The new version includes a dashboard-style, centralised monitoring system, automatic script creation for recovery of Oracle databases, and a disaster recovery feature that automatically catalogues and ejects tapes.
Version 4.5 also includes Bare Metal Restore (BMR) software, a package that Veritas acquired when it bought Kernel Group in January. BMR automatically takes inventory of the systems on which it has been installed, allowing for faster disaster recovery preparation, according to Jerry Hoetger, senior product manager at Veritas.
Another module, NetBackup Vault, automates the disaster recovery process. Customers can print reports listing tapes that need to be taken off-site. The software also automatically ejects those tapes and reports back which ones are no longer valid for use. It can also automatically create up to four copies of tapes at one time.
Veritas also has a new version of NetBackup Storage Migrator for Unix, a storage management product that moves less-frequently used volumes off disk and onto optical or tape products, thereby freeing up space.
NetBackup will be available in two versions: DataCenter 4.5, which will be available in April and starts at $5,000 (£3,526) for Windows and $10,000 (£7,051) for Unix environments and NetBackup BusinesServer 4.5 for remote workgroups. NetBackup BusinesServer 4.5 will also be available in April and starts at $1,995 (£1,406) for Windows and $3,995 (£2,817) for Unix.