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Symantec’s Veritas Cluster Server 5.0 for VMware ESX Provides High Availability and Disaster Recovery for Physical and Virtual Server Environments

Veritas Cluster Server for VMware ESX Simplifies Cluster Administration and Automates Failover for VMware Virtual Servers Across Heterogeneous Networks

CUPERTINO, Calif. – Nov. 7, 2006 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today unveiled Veritas™ Cluster Server (VCS) 5.0 for VMware ESX, bringing high availability and disaster recovery to heterogeneous data centers running virtual server software. VCS for VMware ESX automates remote failover for disaster recovery and provides management of clustered virtual and physical servers. Ideally suited to prevent downtime in case of application, virtual machine, network link, or server failures, VCS for VMware ESX centralizes cluster management in a single ESX server or across a campus or WAN. VCS is a key component of Veritas Server Foundation, a suite of products which enables enterprise customers to discover in detail what is running on the servers in their data center, actively manage and administer those servers, and ensure that mission critical applications running on those servers are always available. Symantec will be demonstrating VCS for VMware ESX at the VMworld 2006 conference being held in Los Angeles this week.

“VMware administrators are seeking tools that not only automate disaster recovery but help them minimize the vulnerabilities associated with running multiple virtual servers on the same physical server,” said Poulomi Damany, director of product management for Symantec’s Data Center Management Group. “Veritas Cluster Server for VMware ESX solves these problems by combining disaster recovery and high availability, and consolidating control of both virtual and physical servers and their dependencies.”

VCS for VMware ESX complements Symantec’s clustering solutions for Windows, Linux and UNIX platforms. Symantec is the market leader in cross-platform server clustering, according to the 2006 edition of the IDC Worldwide Clustering and Availability Software report¹. With added support for VMware ESX, the market’s most widely used virtual server platform, VCS for VMware ESX provides a single solution to consolidate management of VMware virtual servers in heterogeneous data center environments.

Comprehensive High Availability and Disaster Recovery

VCS for VMware ESX provides high availability and disaster recovery for physical and virtual servers. By simplifying and automating remote failover for VMware virtual server environments, VCS for VMware ESX provides added protection against virtual machine or application failures, including:

  • Application and resource monitoring, as well as server monitoring, which provides a higher level of availability;
  • Automatic recovery from application, network storage, virtual resource, virtual server, and physical server failures;
  • Centralized management of virtual and physical resources and servers from a single console;
  • Comprehensive testing for disaster recovery integrating both application failover and data replication to enable organizations to test disaster recovery without disrupting production environments.

“As IT managers try to rein in server sprawl and improve resource utilization across the enterprise, they are faced with the challenge of deploying multiple data availability and management solutions to control and protect an ever-growing population of virtual servers,” said Brian Babineau, Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “With VCS for VMware ESX, Symantec has simplified the task for VMware customers by providing a single platform that can prevent downtime of mission critical applications running in virtual and physical server environments across any distance and any platform.”

New Support for VMware ESX

VCS for VMware ESX also allows customers to maximize the advanced features of VMware by recognizing and seamlessly interoperating with VMware’s VMotion and Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS). If a virtual machine is moved from one server to another for planned maintenance using VMotion, the movement will be recognized by VCS and VCS will take the necessary action to update the cluster status accordingly. It is also compatible with Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), VMware’s workload optimization feature.

Automated Disaster Recovery Testing

Unique to VCS is Fire Drill, a feature of VCS that provides an added layer of protection for virtual servers. With Fire Drill, organizations can verify their disaster recovery plan and configuration without impacting the production environment. In virtual environments where server locations change frequently, Fire Drill helps monitor and track mobile servers, their configuration and dependency links.

Price and Availability

Veritas Cluster Server for VMware ESX is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2007. Pricing for VCS for VMware ESX starts at $1,995 per server.

About Symantec

Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.

¹ IDC, Worldwide Clustering and Availability Software 2005 Vendor Shares, Doc #203676, October, 2006

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