Legato Updates 3 Products for Windows 2000

SAN FRANCISCO – To coincide with the upcoming Thursday launch of Windows 2000 here Legato Systems Inc. upgraded three of its products for the new operating systems. These products are NetWorker 5.7, Octopus 4.0, and Cluster Enterprise 4.5.1.

NetWorker’s main emphasis is now on Windows 2000, according to Bill Watson, Legato’s director of NT business. The multiplatform backup and recovery software is tuned to take advantage of Windows features such as NTFS, meta-databases, Active Directory, certificate server, encrypted file systems, and to be in sync with new APIs. Additionally, Legato upgraded the NetWorker 5.7 modules for Microsoft Corp.’s Exchange and SQL Server to provide online backup and restore for these applications. Legato claims that NetWorker will help customers to bring Windows 2000 into their storage area networks.

The latest version of Legato’s Octopus 4.0 data replication and protection software, optimized for Windows 2000, was actually announced at the end of last week. Beyond the tweaking for Windows 2000, the new version has extensions, such as partial file synchronization, cache memory reallocation, and support for active/active clustering. Watson says Octopus will also have support for 4-way clustering when Datacenter Server ships.

Legato also announced yesterday Cluster Enterprise 4.5.1, a release of its 4.5 version that can run on Windows 2000. A high-availability feature for W2K new to this version is NIC2NIC switchover capabilities, which preserves IP addresses from a failed network interface card (NIC) onto a second NIC on the system. This feature eliminates the NIC as a single point of failure. Cluster Enterprise is currently entering the certification testing process for Windows 2000.

"Clearly we think Windows 2000 is important as Microsoft pushes it toward the enterprise," Watson says. "The key for Legato is making sure our products are there to work with it."

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