2009 Q4 Indiana Storage & High Availability User Group Meeting
Indiana Storage & High Availability User Group
Minutes from December 8, 2009
The third meeting of the Indiana Storage & High Availability User Group was held on Tuesday, December 8 2009 at Alverno Information Services in Beech Grove, IN. 10 individuals attended, representing 7 distinct organizations. In addition, Symantec was represented by two local attendees and one remote attendee.
The meeting began with lunch at 11:00 (thank you, Panera). At 11:25, we got down to business, with Brian Doyle welcoming the group, delivering some announcements and introductions, and highlighting the agenda for the session.
The announcements reiterated the highlights of the User Group website, the details on the Rewards Program, and information about how to obtain a discount on admission to the upcoming Symantec Vision 2010 Conference in Las Vegas.
Ray English then presented the story of Indianapolis Power and Light’s (IPL’s) Outage Management System (OMS), which is built on top of Veritas Cluster Server (VCS). OMS serves 500,000 customers and has to work at its best when its operating conditions are at their worst. The system is Oracle-based, and provides real-time analysis of customer call patterns to assist with fault isolation. IPL utilizes VCS to facilitate rolling upgrades of system components, which also proves that the Disaster Recovery failover site is operating correctly and seamlessly.
After Ray’s presentation, Symantec’s John Gibson gave an excellent WebEx presentation on Storage Foundation, with emphasis on new features and functionality available in release 5.1.
The meeting concluded with a brief discussion about options for the next meeting’s location and topic. Dave Szymczak of MidWest ISO will look into the possibility of hosting the March 2010 meeting at his facility, but if that option does not pan out, Sallie Mae will be “Plan B”. Officially, Mark offered that option, so he gets the host points if Dave Szymczak cannot host. There was a lot of interest expressed in digging deep into PureDisk and NetBackup 7.0. We may also have a VMware/VSphere discussion, presented by Roger Blocchi. Details will be firmed up in the near future. Attached is Ray English's presentation.