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Veritas upgrades storage management for Windows

Adding to Microsoft's momentum in the data storage world, Veritas Software is expanding the support of a storage resource application for Windows operating systems.

Adding to Microsoft's momentum in the data storage world, Veritas Software is expanding the support of a storage resource application for Windows operating systems.

Veritas said on Tuesday that a comprehensive version of its StorageCentral 5.2 product will run on Windows Server 2003 and the new Windows Storage Server 2003.

StorageCentral lets companies set quotas on the amount of storage computer users can consume as well as block certain types of files from being stored on corporate machines. The software also can generate reports on storage usage. Individuals can use StorageCentral Web-based reports to open, move or delete individual files or groups of files by right-mouse clicking on the item, according to the company.

A "light" version of StorageCentral with minimal quota and file-management capabilities and without reporting features has already been built into Windows Storage Server 2003, Veritas spokeswoman Rena Sripramong said.

Microsoft in September launched Windows Storage Server 2003, an operating system designed for network-attached storage devices. Microsoft claims the new OS will allow it to move into the higher end of the market for NAS devices, which are dedicated computers that serve up files and data to computer users on a network. Companies making NAS machines with the new Windows OS include Hewlett-Packard and Dell.

A chief Microsoft foe in the upper end of the NAS market is Network Appliance, which makes devices running a different operating system. Veritas also is upgrading its StorageCentral product for Network Appliance machines used in Windows computing environments. Veritas said StorageCentral's quota management tool will allow quotas to be set for an individual computer user, as well as for groups of users.