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Veritas’ NetBackup First Backup Software Certified for Datacenter

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

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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