NetBackup 5.0s security allows six access roles: user, operator, media and device operator, administrator, security administrator, and executive, plus custom-defined roles. A new, free option is Veritas Security Subsystem, which will ship separately and will eventually be integrated with the majority of Veritas software, not just NetBackup. In addition to saving time and effort, users may save money, as features such as Inline Tape Copy will be standard, sources said. However, other new features will cost extra, they said.Some users said the improved clients are vital to upgrade plans. The current Red Hat Inc. Red Hat Linux support is "buggy," a user at a New England pharmaceuticals company said. In addition, "we get the most failures from the [Microsoft Corp.] Windows side, and without extensive reporting enabled, its often difficult to trace the problem," he said. Despite posting of the product details on Veritas corporate Web sites, company officials declined to comment about NetBackup 5.0. Veritas is accepting beta registrations now. NetBackup 5.0 highlights
Auto-resumption of failed backups
New security application
Faster restoration via synthetic backups
Consolidated GUI and help
Still other features are support for 64-bit servers, intelligent media containers in the Vault option, improved event logging, more clustering integration, data reporting to Iron Mountain Inc.s SecureBase and support for Microsoft Corp.s SharePoint Portal Server. NetBackup 5.0 can natively read tapes from the midrange Backup Exec; it also integrates with Veritas File System 4.0 and Volume Manager 4.0 and with the new SANPoint Control 3.6, announced this week.