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Vol. 2 No. 1 March 2003

Backup exec gets big boost

Veritas recently released Backup Exec 9.0, the latest iteration of an application with a long history. Veritas also has a family of backup applications--its flagship product NetBackup was reviewed in Storage magazine (see "Veritas raises the bar with NetBackup 4.5"). Industry analysts predicted Backup Exec might be folded into NetBackup, in the same way that Computer Associates (CA) folded its disparate ARCserve/Cheyenne Software acquisitions into BrightStor Enterprise editions. Instead, Veritas put its full support behind both the legacy and the future of Backup Exec 9.0. That sort of vendor panache warrants a review. Our test platform We developed a test platform that was used to test not only Backup Exec, but several different backup application platforms in future issues. While in no way empirical, the prototype/sample enterprise platform represents a cross-platform representation of what many readers have in their data centers. A hybrid Gigabit Ethernet/Fast Ethernet infrastructure was developed utilizing three types of ...

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Features in this issue

  • Tap the SAN for File Storage

    Used to be, if you wanted to give users a central place to store files, you had two options: put them on a generic file server, or on a NAS device.

  • Sony Joins Super Drive Game

    The market for super drives is alive and kicking, according to a recent report from Freeman Reports, with unit shipments more than doubling from 2001 to 2002.

  • Symmetrix DMX: Is it Hot or Not?

    The year is still young, but EMC's Symmetrix DMX announcement is arguably 2003's biggest storage story.

  • Surveillance Gradually Going Digital

    Security-conscious companies who started out using analog videotapes, are gradually making the switch to digital, offloading to digital tape and occasionally, cheap ATA disk.

  • Ease backup pain

    OK, maybe there's no cure, but a variety of bandages and pills can help. We look at the major backup packages and analyze what each does best.

  • Bring DBAs into the SAN era

    by  Jim Booth

    You may not want DBAs poking around inside your fabric, but the more they understand about SANs, the better they'll be.

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