Veritas woos SMBs with new backup suite

Veritas has integrated three of its software releases into a comprehensive new suite in an attempt to tap the growing market for SMB backup solutions.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  February 1, 2005

Veritas has integrated three of its software releases into a comprehensive new suite in an attempt to tap the growing market for SMB backup solutions. The firm’s new Backup Exec Suite was born after Veritas conducted 22 separate events spanning the GCC, Levant and North African regions in 2004. Through this it discovered that 60% of SMBs running Windows server software have not invested in data protection software, beyond that already included within the Windows OS. According to the firm’s Middle East channel manager, Katie Spurgeon, this trend means there is “a critical need” to address this sector regionally. Backup Exec Suite has been developed to help firms evolve into what Veritas terms a ‘continuous data protection model’, whereby companies have the ability to rapidly recover data from both centralised and remote environments, and ultimately simplify data management. “We are setting the Gold Standard in Windows data protection,” claimed Spurgeon, “and enabling customers to cost-effectively protect, recover and manage their data.” Backup Exec Suite incorporates the latest revision of Backup Exec (version 10.0), Replication Exec 3.1 and Storage Exec 5.3 packages. Veritas’ Technical Manager, Omar Dajani, explained further: “This suite is not just about protecting data, but storing it somewhere safe and recovering it very quickly, in just a few minutes.” Users control backup and replication tasks via the standard Backup Exec user interface, while the storage program allows users to right-click files and folders to either replicate or back them up. Veritas is the latest in a line of vendors to increase its focus on the region’s burgeoning SMB sector. At today’s launch, Veritas quoted research group IDC Middle East’s software program manager, Heini Booysen, who claimed that “vendors recognise the small and medium-sized business (SMB) segment presents plenty of growth opportunities, and companies are revamping their products and channel partner programs. IDC expects that vendor roll-out of SMB-tailored storage software products like Veritas Backup Exec 10, that are modular and offer "lite" or cut-down functionalities, should be well-received by the price-sensitive and emerging SMB markets of the Middle East.” Backup Exec Suite will retail from $2,500. In addition to today’s suite launch, Veritas also announced its $99 Quick Start program; a cut-down software application aimed squarely at desktop users.

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