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Veritas Buys Tools Vendor

Veritas Software Corp. this week bought a tools vendor that filled a hole in the Veritas NetBackup product line.

Veritas paid an undisclosed sum for The Kernel Group Inc. (TKG), a private, Texas-based firm that sells Bare Metal Restore.

TKG marketed the tool as filling a backup-and-restore hole in the product lines of both Veritas and Tivoli.

According to a white paper on the former TKG site, administrators needed TKG's tool in addition to NetBackup in "scenarios where a complete machine restoration must be performed due to the root volume or operating system being non-operable."

In a prepared statement, a Veritas official contended that TKG's tool is an important component of a disaster recovery solution that includes backup and recovery, clustering and replication management.

"Leveraging TKG's leading software products and proven engineering talent, VERITAS Software will further integrate this advanced technology with its storage management software to satisfy the rapidly maturing disaster recovery requirements of our enterprise customers," said Kris Hagerman, senior vice president for Veritas' strategic operations.

TKG also sold AutoTrace, a cross-platform debugging tool, and a pair of IBM AIX developer debugging tools, ZeroFault and SCTrace.

Veritas NetBackup works on most current versions of Windows servers and clients, Novell NetWare and about a dozen Unix variants. The TKG software runs on Windows NT, Windows 2000, IBM AIX, HP-UX and Sun Solaris.

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

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