CA challenges Veritas to prove four-hour claims

Computer Associates issued a challenge to Veritas Software after warning its clients of claims made by the rival company that its Backup Exec range of backup products can read ARCserve format media.

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By  Peter Conmy Published  August 5, 2000

Computer Associates issued a challenge to Veritas Software after warning its clients of claims made by the rival company that its Backup Exec range of backup products can read ARCserve format media.

The challenge revolves around Veritas’ ability to restore, within four hours of receipt, a backup tape created using the standard for Windows NT version 6.61.

In the event that Veritas succeeds, CA has pledged to donate US$10,000 to the United States (NCMEC), an organisation that spearheads national efforts to locate and recover missing children, and challenged Veritas to make a similar commitment.

“This is not the first, and unfortunately, won’t be the last time that a competitor like Veritas, makes claims that it cannot substantiate,” said Peter Malcolm, CA senior vice president, Storage Business Management.

“However, when Veritas attempts to mislead CA clients, it’s time for us to challenge the company to put its money where its mouth is.”

Independent Third Party

Under this challenge, the tape would be created using a device on Veritas’ supported device list for its Backup Exec 8.0 product and will contain approximately 100Mbytes of data in files of differing size.

An independent third party, to be nominated by Veritas and acceptable to CA, would supervise the creation of the tape, confirm that ARCserveIT can restore it and deliver it to Veritas.

In order to verify Veritas’ ability to restore the tape, a text file containing a message determined by the third party will be included.

Four hours after delivery of the tape to Veritas, the third party will name the file and its location and ask Veritas to identify the message it contains. If Veritas fails to do so within 10 minutes, it will be deemed to have lost the challenge.

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