The company, however, will be entering a segment of the storage market that is already crowded with such established players as. Analysts anticipate that Microsoft will focus on the low end of the market and later try to penetrate the high end, on which Veritas focuses.
"Customers are telling us that backing up and recovering their data is labor-intensive and complex,", senior vice president of Microsoft's Windows Server Division, said in a statement. "Exponential growth of business-critical data and new government regulations are increasing the cost and complexity of backup and recovery, forcing companies to rethink their data protection planning."
Microsoft has beenin the broader storage market in recent years. The company's main product is , a version of Windows Server 2003 that's tailored for network-attached storage devices.
The new product, the Data Protection Server, is scheduled to hit the market in the second half of next year. Pricing information was not yet available.
CNET News.com's Ina Fried contributed to this report.