Veritas releases latest disaster recovery software

Veritas Software has released the latest version of its disaster recovery software, Global Cluster Manager 3.5.1.

Veritas Software has released the latest version of its disaster recovery software, Global Cluster Manager 3.5.1.

The web-based software allows administrators to centralise control of their data recovery environment for application availability and data replication.

New additions to the software include the management of clustered Linux servers, support for IBM’s AIX operating system and Hitachi Data Systems’ data replication suite, and increased disaster recovery for Microsoft’s Exchange 2000 servers, the company said.

This version extends the capabilities of Veritas’ Cluster Server and its Global Cluster Manager to manage its platform-independent software environments. The software also automates site-to-site disaster recovery and is now able to manage clustered Exchange servers from a single point while facilitating wide area application recovery for corporate e-mails and Exchange servers from a potential site failure, the company said.

According to the most recent figures available from IDC, Veritas was the leading supplier in the clustered disaster recovery space in 2001 with over 18% of the North American market share, followed closely by Microsoft.

From 2001 to 2002, companies worldwide spent $850m (£506m) and the global market grew by 7%, said Dan Kusnetzky, vice-president, system software research for IDC.

Not surprisingly, he said that post 11 September, disaster recovery software has grown in importance to organisations, and that the idea of clustering serves a very specific purpose in the recovery process.

"[Clustering] is a major architectural foundation for disaster recovery and prevention. If every major function that makes up an application system is replicated in one or more places and software connects those replicas, scalability can be increased," Kusnetzky said.

Veritas will compete against rival suppliers Legato Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems and IBM.

Kusnetzky noted that one advantage to using Veritas’ software is that it is platform and supplier independent, a claim not all suppliers in the space can make.

"Making a Veritas choice for its clustering and availability software does not also imply making a Veritas choice for the operating system, database, development tools, or the middleware," he said.

Albert Leonardo writes for

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