Project Panther out on a beta run

Veritas Software is conducting beta tests of a web browser-based data recovery tool designed to provide continuous backup and help users recover lost files themselves from backup copies.

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By  Caroline Denslow Published  June 30, 2005

Veritas Software is conducting beta tests of a web browser-based data recovery tool designed to provide continuous backup and help users recover lost files themselves from backup copies. The project, dubbed Panther, aims to reduce the workload of the IT department, which is usually tasked to perform data recovery jobs for end-users. “Panther allows regional IT departments to manage more with less,” said Sam Tayan, regional manager of Veritas Middle East. “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.” “By downloading our Panther beta, companies across the GCC will instantly make themselves quicker, more mobile and more proactive,” Tayan added. Unlike traditional solutions where data backups are done through a user-defined schedule, such as once a day, Panther performs continuous backup of files by recording changes to files every time they are saved, according to Omar Dajani, technical manager, Veritas Middle East. This include saving multiple versions of the file, including the one with its original state. On recovery, these changes can be reapplied to reproduce the state of the file at arbitrary points in time, he added. “This technology has to do with continuous data protection. When we talk about backup systems, we’re talking about a certain time where you schedule backup. Let’s say, once a day at the end of the day you run a job it schedules a backup and it packs up all your data to tape or to disk. With this new technology backups are done continuously,” Dajani explained. The software also gives the end users the ability to recover their own files without the help of the IT department via a web browser with a search engine that resembles common web search engines. “With this software, you log on to Internet Explorer or to any web browser and you get a search engine like Google. You can type in the name of the file and the search engine brings up the file to you on your screen, where you have the option to restore it to where it was originally located in your machine from the network server that backed up your file when you hit the Save button previously,” Dajani elaborated. Panther can back up and restore through a local office network or even a wide area network (Wan). This allows backup versions of files to be saved to a head office or to a disaster recovery site. The beta version of Panther is available as a free download from Veritas’ web site. The final product will be released in October this year.

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