VERITAS Delivers Foundation for Utility Computing

New VERITAS CommandCentral Service software combines market-leading backup software with new management portal to deliver IT as a service

NEW YORK – November 4, 2003 – VERITAS Software Corporation (Nasdaq: VRTS), the leading storage software provider, today announced the availability of VERITAS CommandCentral™ Service 3.5 software, fulfilling its commitment to enable IT organizations to move to a utility computing model, delivering backup, recovery and storage as a service. VERITAS CommandCentral Service 3.5 measures and reports on IT resource consumption, service levels and costs. The new software is integrated with VERITAS’ industry-leading backup and recovery products, VERITAS NetBackup™ and VERITAS Backup Exec™ software.

VERITAS CommandCentral Service software integrates with VERITAS backup and recovery technology to allow administrators to create logical resource groupings, define services, measure service levels and usage and allocate costs based upon usage. The software allows administrators to manage storage to agreed-upon service levels, customizable by departmental needs and adaptable to the needs of the business.This capability helps IT organizations to deliver pre-defined service levels at the lowest costs and improve efficiency through automation of standard processes.

“In testing CommandCentral Service, we have found that it is truly the first solution for delivering storage and backup and recovery as a service to internal and external customers,” said Norm Fjeldheim, senior vice president and chief information officer for QUALCOMM. “CommandCentral Service further reinforces VERITAS’ commitment to enabling utility computing by empowering QUALCOMM to take the initial steps toward full automation. We’re already experiencing a taste of the economic and time-saving benefits of utility computing.”

Key features of VERITAS CommandCentral Service software:

  • Integration with VERITAS NetBackup and Backup Exec software: Provides the ability to track backup and recovery job details and policy, error and media information from VERITAS and third-party data protection software

  • IT service delivery portal: Allows IT organizations to define storage and backup/recovery services, route through approval and monitor service levels across various applications, locations and business units through a personalized and centralized Web-based portal

  • Business-level reporting: Produces up to 75 reports that allow business and IT users to track service level, performance and resource utilization from any defined business view (department, geography, application, etc.)

  • Chargeback and cost allocation: Allows IT to consolidate and allocate costs for storage and backup/recovery services across departments and cost centers, using customizable pricing models

“The need for lower management costs and fast, reliable access to data is critical to IT organizations,” said Mark Bregman, executive vice president of product operations, VERITAS Software. “The introduction of CommandCentral Service software demonstrates that VERITAS is delivering on its commitment to enable utility computing today by providing tools to help companies more efficiently automate, manage, measure and deliver IT services for optimum performance and increased availability.”

VERITAS Delivers Integrated Enterprise Data Protection Solution

VERITAS Software also today announced the new release of VERITAS NetBackup 5.0 software, the industry’s leading enterprise backup and recovery productand VERITAS Backup Exec 9.1 for Windows Servers, the leading Windows data protection solution. These new versions work with VERITAS CommandCentral Service software to enable backup and recovery as a utility, combining advanced data protection with service-level delivery and reporting. A new Desktop and Laptop Option protects critical data residing on computers at the edge of the enterprise. Finally, VERITAS announced a software solution for compliance, helping customers manage growing data subject to global regulations through its industry-leading enterprise data protection software stack and the new VERITAS Data Lifecycle Manager 5.0 (see separate news releases, dated today).

Pricing and Availability

VERITAS CommandCentral Service 3.5 software is available immediately. Pricing starts at $22,000.

About VERITAS Software

With revenues of $1.5 billion in 2002, VERITAS Software ranks among the top 10 software companies in the world. VERITAS Software is the world’s leading storage software company, providing data protection, storage management, high availability and disaster recovery software to 99 percent of the Fortune 500. VERITAS Software’s corporate headquarters is located at 350 Ellis Street, Mountain View, CA, 94043, tel: 650-527-8000, fax: 650-527-8050, e-mail:, Web site: