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VERITAS Achieves Five-Star Rating From VARBusiness Magazine

VERITAS Vice President Julie Parrish Named to List of Top 75 Channel Executives
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - March 21, 2005 - VERITAS Software Corporation (Nasdaq: VRTS) was recognized today by CMP Media's VARBusiness magazine as one of North America's top information technology (IT) vendors for its breadth and depth of channel-partner programs. VERITAS received a five-star rating, acknowledging the robust features of its programs for IT integrators, resellers and consultants. Additionally, VARBusiness magazine named Julie Parrish, vice president of Americas field and channel marketing, to its list of the Top 75 Channel Executives.
"We applaud VERITAS for its unswerving commitment, responsiveness and innovation in working with channel partners," said Robert C. DeMarzo, publisher, VARBusiness. "We also congratulate Julie Parrish for her dedication to VERITAS' global partner program, which has earned her deep respect in the channel community. We are pleased to name her as one of this year's Top 75 Channel Executives."
"Close collaboration with our global partner community has been vital to VERITAS' success, and it is an honor to work with such a world-class group of companies to deliver our industry-leading storage management and data protection solutions to customers worldwide," said Art Matin, executive vice president, Worldwide Sales, VERITAS Software. "I am very proud of our channel team's continued efforts in providing our partners with best-in-class products and programs."
Of the 287 vendor program entries reviewed this year just one-third, representing 85 vendors, received the coveted five-star rating in the VARBusiness 11th annual Partner Programs Guide survey. To determine the most robust vendor partner programs and to determine those with a five-star ranking, VARBusiness invited IT vendors to submit descriptions of their channel partner programs between November 2004 and January 2005. The programs were scored on breadth and depth. Results were tabulated by Answers Research, a Solana Beach, Calif.-based market research and consulting firm.
To become a member of the VARBusiness Top 75 Channel Executives, executives must demonstrate a long-term commitment to the channel, possess a strong connection to corporate leaders, serve as a channel evangelist inside their organization and demonstrate innovative channel-management strategies.
Both features appear in the March 21, 2005, issue of VARBusiness and are posted to the Web at www.varbusiness.com.

About VARBusiness Magazine

For the past 18 years, VARBusiness' strategic resources have been the gateway to the solution-provider community. VARBusiness provides unique strategic business and technology insight for solution providers through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events and innovative Web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships and customers. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design. Additional information about VARBusiness products, events and services, is available on the magazine's Web site at www.varbusiness.com.

About VERITAS Software

VERITAS Software, one of the 10 largest software companies in the world, is a leading provider of software and services to enable utility computing. In a utility computing model, IT resources are aligned with business needs, and business applications are delivered with optimal performance and availability on top of shared computing infrastructure, minimizing hardware and labor costs. With 2004 revenue of $2.04 billion, VERITAS delivers products and services for data protection, storage & server management, high availability and application performance management that are used by 99 percent of the Fortune 500. More information about VERITAS Software can be found at www.veritas.com.

VERITAS VISION 2005

VERITAS VISION™ 2005 is a leading IT conference that brings together thousands of IT professionals from around the world to evaluate the latest storage and server management, data protection and application service management solutions. Attendees will share and discuss best practices with peers, learn tips and tricks from the leading minds in technology and come away with a well-designed strategy to implement utility computing across their enterprises. For more information or to register for the VERITAS VISION 2005 conference April 25-28 at Moscone West, San Francisco, California, please visit: www.veritas.com/vision.

For More Information Contact:

Vineeta Durani , Corporate Communications , VERITAS Software
(650) 527-4199 , vineeta.durani@veritas.com

Andrew McCarthy , Corporate Communications , VERITAS Softwar
(650) 527-3183 , andrew.mccarthy@veritas.com

Tim Harvey , Investor Relations , VERITAS Software
(650) 527-4523 , tim.harvey@veritas.com
This press release may include estimates and forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the risk that we will not gain market acceptance of our products and services, the risk that we will not be able to maintain the quality of our end-user customer and partnering relationships and the risk that we will not manage our business effectively, that could cause the actual results we achieve to differ materially from such forward-looking statements. For more information regarding potential risks, see the "Factors That May Affect Future Results" section of our most recent annual and quarterly report on file with the SEC. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. Copyright© 2005 VERITAS Software Corporation. All rights reserved. VERITAS, the VERITAS Logo, and VERITAS VISION are trademarks or registered trademarks of VERITAS Software Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.