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Symantec Refreshes Industry-leading Storage and Availability Products for VMware Environments

LAS VEGAS – VMworld 2011 – Aug. 29, 2011 – Today at VMworld 2011, Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced broad support across its storage and availability product portfolio for the VMware industry leading virtualization and cloud platform – including expected support for the upcoming release of VMware vSphere 5. By leveraging Symantec’s storage management, high availability, and management platform within VMware environments, customers can confidently virtualize their business critical applications with full support for application availability, better storage visibility, powerful storage optimization, and the ability to bridge the gap between physical and virtual environments.


More than one-third of enterprises are planning to implement virtualization within the next year for business-critical applications such as transactional databases, email and ERP, according to recent research from Symantec. Symantec’s Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud study reveals that as organizations migrate to virtual and cloud environments, protecting business-critical applications and making them highly available become high priority.


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Optimized storage management in VMware environments

Veritas Storage Foundation helps customers migrate storage across a wide range of supported arrays, snapshot and replicate critical application data, and leverage thin provisioning and reclamation within the guest. Symantec’s next release of Storage Foundation 6.0 is expected to help customers transform their existing data center assets to a private cloud environment, while fully leveraging the benefits of virtualization.


Symantec’s industry leading Veritas Cluster File System provides fast failover of applications between virtual machines for business critical applications, cutting down recovery time to a couple of minutes or less, while ensuring data integrity and high performance.


In addition, Symantec has worked closely with VMware to develop and release Symantec VirtualStore, allowing storage administrators reuse of existing SAN storage investments to create a scalable, clustered NAS solution designed for VMware environments. VirtualStore allows IT organizations to scale I/O throughput and storage capacity independently of one another, while providing space efficient cloning of guest OS images and allowing rapid provisioning of virtual desktops. VirtualStore helps customers eliminate boot storm issues and dramatically reduce storage costs, while continuing to offer Symantec’s leading storage technologies, like thin reclamation, compression, tiering, cache optimization, and broad support for multiple storage platforms.


Proven high availability of business critical applications running on VMware

In collaboration with VMware, Symantec recently released the latest version of Symantec ApplicationHA, which ensures application availability in a virtual machine by adding application awareness to VMwareHA. ApplicationHA fully integrates with vSphere and vCenter and provides application visibility and control within the guest OS. It allows start, stop, and recovery of applications, coordinates with VMware High Availability and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager for automated application recovery and disaster recovery, and provides a comprehensive dashboard that maps the application environment within the VMware deployment. Symantec is planning to announce ApplicationHA 6.0, which is expected to integrate with Backup Exec to enable users to restore a previous version of a virtual machine in case of virtual machine corruption. ApplicationHA 6.0 is also planned to support VMware vSphere 5.


In addition, Veritas Cluster Server, Symantec’s industry recognized high availability and clustering solution, provides local high availability, wide-area disaster recovery, and multi-tier application availability across physical and virtual environments. The upcoming release of Veritas Cluster Server 6.0 is planned to help customers further transform their existing assets to a resilient and highly available, private cloud.


Centralized visibility and control of storage and application dependencies across physical, virtual, and cloud

Veritas Operations Manager allows administrators to visualize and manage the data center across physical and virtual platforms. With application-to-storage mapping in Veritas Operations Manager, customers can analyze in-depth information, such as RAID levels, replication, snapshots, and thin provisioning – on storage used by each application. Building on these insights, Veritas Operations Manager provides users with storage template based provisioning to implement a storage service catalog, automate storage provisioning in accordance with service levels, and ensure applications consistently consume storage from the appropriate tier of storage. Veritas Operations Manager also offers management of multiple clusters across physical and virtual environments from a single console. Now application owners, VMware administrators, and storage administrators have a single view to better design, analyze, and manage storage and availability architectures. Veritas Operations Manager communicates through vCenter APIs to gather key information to develop and display these reports.


Quotes:

  • “Symantec’s storage and availability products power some of the world’s most critical applications at the largest companies globally,” said Anil Chakravarthy, Senior Vice President, Storage and Availability Management Group, Symantec. “We are committed to helping customers transition to a virtual environment and are pleased to announce broad support for VMware’s industry leading virtualization platform across our product suite.”
  • “As we prepare for the release of VMware vSphere 5, Symantec has been an important partner in addressing customer needs, as we help our combined customers continue down the path of virtualization for their business-critical applications,” said Parag Patel, Vice President, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware.

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