Veritas releases Panther to the public

Following the success of the recent Veritas Vision event in Dubai, the storage company has launched the worldwide public beta of its continuous data protection (CDP) product, codenamed ‘Panther’.

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By  Chris Fernando Published  June 22, 2005

Following the success of the recent Veritas Vision event in Dubai, the storage company has launched the worldwide public beta of its continuous data protection (CDP) product, codenamed ‘Panther’. According to an IDC survey, 40% of businesspeople claim their storage spending is driven by the problems of data protection and disaster recovery. Veritas’ Panther provides disk back-up in conjunction with a company’s existing tape-back-up software. The solution requires no additional software to be installed on individual desktops and laptops, which Veritas reckons will come as a relief to SMBs with small or non-existent IT departments. Panther is part of Veritas’s Windows-based Backup Exec family, and provides continuous back-up of files every time they are saved. The solution allows users to upload and recover their own files without the assistance of an IT specialist, using a web browser interface. Though this technology is already used extensively in Veritas' existing back-up software, the web interface is new. Panther can back-up and restore through a local office network or a WAN, thus allowing back-up versions of files to be saved to head office or to a disaster recovery site. “Panther allows regional IT departments to manage more with less. Businesses will no longer have to spend hours painstakingly transferring data to tape, and IT departments will no longer have to spend hours trawling through tapes in a laborious search for missing data, " said Sam Tayan, regional manager of Veritas Middle East. "By downloading our Panther beta, companies across the GCC will instantly make themselves quicker, more mobile and more proactive.” The free Panther beta download is available at www.veritas.com/panther. Microsoft has reportedly been working on a similar back-up solution, codenamed Data Protection Server, since last September. The solution, now called System Center Data Protection Manager, is also a CDP product. A 270-day beta version of this can be downloaded from www.microsoft.com/dpm.

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