Veritas’ NetBackup First Backup Software Certified for Datacenter
- By Scott Bekker
Veritas Software Corp.’s NetBackup has become
the first backup/restore software product to make it through the rigorous
testing process to earn Windows 2000 Datacenter certification.
Version 3.4.1 of NetBackup was granted the
coveted certification, Veritas announced
Tuesday, becoming one of only a handful of products to be Datacenter
certified. "By obtaining certification
for Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, the highest level of certification for
Windows 2000 applications, Veritas NetBackup delivers superior levels of
availability and reliability demanded by customers using Windows 2000
Datacenter Server as the mission-critical platform driving their database and
e-business applications," said Peter Ollodart, group manager for strategic
partners at Microsoft Corp.
NetBackup joins a very exclusive club; only
two other non-Microsoft applications have attained Datacenter certification –
BMC Patrol for Windows, and NetIQ’s Operations Manager.
The limited number of Datacenter-certified
products is largely due to the demands placed on the application and the
company. To achieve certification, an application must run on a four-node
failover cluster and on a 32-processor server. It also must withstand heavy
stress-testing without a crash. The company supporting the product must also do
so around the clock.
Windows 2000 Server, Advanced Server, and
Professional certifications are not as difficult to earn, but still more so
than Windows 9x or NT certifications. To date, according to VeriTest, the company that does the testing
and awards certifications, 14 applications have received 2000 Advanced Server
certification, more than 60 applications have been Server certified, and more
than 95 have earned Professional certification. The Windows 2000 certifications
are generally regarded within the industry as having greater worth than some
other Windows certifications, because of the more stringent requirements.
NetBackup has also
been certified for Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server and Windows
2000 Advanced Server. It carries a price tag of $5,000 per Windows NT or 2000
server. – Keith Ward
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.