Veritas Expands Channel For E-mail Archiving Software

The storage software vendor is hoping the seven-city "road show" will help it attract additional solution providers and expand its channel for the product line.

Veritas, Mountain View, Calif., will offer three days of classes in the sales, implementation and servicing of its KVS Enterprise Vault e-mail archiving software, said Julie Parrish, vice president of Americas field and channel marketing at the vendor.

After the classes, solution providers will participate in consulting classes related to the KVS software and then shadow Veritas personnel to prepare them for working with the software independently, Parrish said.

"It's a complex technology," she said. "Twenty partners might not seem like a lot, but we will expand the numbers going forward."

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Part of that expansion includes adding online KVS training to the Veritas Virtual Academy program starting next month, Parrish said. "We will expand the number of partners in the next 90 days or so," she said. "Virtual Academy will be set up to help with that expansion."

Veritas acquired KVS last September and opened it up to a limited number of channel partners in November, Parrish said. KVS Enterprise Vault currently is aimed specifically at corporate customers and their solution providers focused on the Microsoft Exchange space. However, she said, a version for Lotus Notes is expected in the near future.

KVS Enterprise Vault extracts e-mails, adds policies to them and then archives them in such as way as to cut the amount of storage space while decreasing the time needed to back up, restore and migrate data, said Darla Teeter, sales engineer at Veritas.

A search engine, based on technology from Pasadena, Calif.-based AltaVista, allows archived e-mails to be searched as if they were still on-line, Teeter said. The archives can also be mined for compliance and legal discovery purposes, she said.

Symantec is in the process of acquiring Veritas.