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Blogging Live from VMworld - Virtualizing More Business Critical Applications

Created: 27 Aug 2012
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You've Already Virtualized, Now What?

Virtualization is everywhere, but IT organizations are still looking for ways to cut costs.  One way to do that, is to…  virtualize even more applications!  However, the easy stuff has been done.  File and print servers, cafeteria menus and the company picnic blog have been virtualized.  The next step is to move up the chain and virtualize business and mission critical applications.  But the risks of virtualization are still there.  How do I monitor and protect my application and business services in the event of a failure, or even a site wide disaster?  What happens to the performance or availability of my data when a path connecting a virtual machine to the storage fails?  These are the roadblocks that are preventing IT organizations from virtualizing more of their business critical services and applications.  The good news is Symantec can help!  

Symantec is announcing a new version of Veritas Cluster Server for high availability and disaster recovery in VMware environments, as well as Veritas Dynamic Multi-Pathing for VMware that provides visibility into SAN I/O bottlenecks and helps keep data available when a path fails. 

Keeping Applications on VMware Highly Available and Protected

The new release of Veritas Cluster Server will provide IT organizations the ability to monitor applications running inside Windows or Linux virtual machines residing on VMware ESX servers.  Symantec actually solved the application monitoring issue years ago with the release of ApplicationHA, a solution fully integrated with VMware HA.  However, the new release of Veritas Cluster Server will not only monitor the application, in the case of a failure, it will handle the recovery to a healthy virtual machine running on different physical hardware.  Veritas Cluster Server enables fast application recovery, provides a single solution for virtual and physical environments and integrates with the native VMware tools such as vMotion, Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and Site Recovery Manager (SRM) all while plugging into the vCenter console.  

Here's one more reason Veritas Cluster Server will help organizations confidentially virtualizebusiness critical applications.  What happens when a severe operating system corruption issue occurs?  Even a restart of the application or virtual machine will not solve the problem.  One option is to restore the last known good copy of a virtual machine, but this can be a time consuming and manual process.  Using the new version of Veritas Cluster Server will solve this problem effectively by providing the ability to recover the application in a new virtual machine on a healthy physical node, resulting in much faster application recovery and less downtime.

If you are interested in signing up for the Veritas Cluster Server beta, please go to the Risk Assessment Tool.

Preventing Storage I/O Bottlenecks and Recovering from Path Failures

On the storage management front, Symantec is releasing a new version of Veritas Dynamic Multi-Pathing for VMware that supports vSphere 5.0.  Dynamic Multi-Pathing for VMware is specifically designed for virtual machine environments and improves storage I/O performance and data availability.  It will re-route I/Os to available data paths in the event of a failure.  One main difference compared to the native VMware multi-pathing tools is that Dynamic Multi-Pathing for VMware will automatically re-route I/O after a failed path is recovered.  Another is its ability to provide visibility to help administrators identify I/O bottlenecks and automatically re-route I/O to paths that have available bandwidth.  

Veritas Dynamic Multi-Pathing for VMware is available now.