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Gratuitous Virtual Violence In The Data Center: Disaster Recovery And High Availability Are More Essential Than Ever

Created: 05 Oct 2012 • Updated: 08 Oct 2012
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A few weeks ago, we had a data center go down. In fact we purposely dropped it down 18 stories from a building right in the heart of Silicon Valley.

What happened when this data center went down? First, it made a really, really loud boom, and then it seamlessly failed over to a recovery site. Exactly what a business would need.

Why did we do this?

To demonstrate how organizations can protect their data and applications, and keep their operations running smoothly and their customers happy.

If they do go down, they need to recover – fast.

With increasing adoption of virtualization technologies, customers virtualize applications to reap the benefits these platforms provide. Virtualization enables lower costs in the form of less space requirements, less power needed to run fewer physical servers, lower cooling requirements, etc. But how do they do this while taking the risks of virtualization out of the equation? For example, how do they recover from an application failure? And what does downtime cost the business?

According to Symantec’s 2012 State of the Data Center Survey, the average enterprise experienced 16 outages costing more than $5M in downtime. Downtime doesn’t usually mean a data center was dropped from an 18-story building. It can be something as common as human error or system failure. It can also come from more wide scale events like natural disasters in the form of tsunamis, political unrest or power outages.

Monetary costs are only one part of the impact. Employee productivity, brand reputation and loss of customers are also at stake.

To help address this, Symantec today announced a new version of Veritas Cluster Server that introduces capabilities for high availability and disaster recovery that IT organizations require for their virtual environment.  

Not only does Veritas Cluster Server monitor applications running in virtual machines, it can now take action to recover them when an incident occurs. This eliminates the need for virtual machine reboots, keeping downtime to a minimum, allowing your customers, partners and employees to do business even in the face of human error, system failure, operating system corruption issues or natural disaster.

The new version of Veritas Cluster Server has support for VMware and Hyper-V hypervisors, and features new functionality for disaster recovery and high availability for virtual environments. It provides automatic application failover between virtual machines distributed across servers ensuring faster application recovery in response to a wide range of failures including logical failures (i.e. operating system corruption) that render a virtual machine unusable.

Organizations don’t need to have their data center go down. They don’t need to lose application availability and data in virtual environments. With this release of Veritas Cluster Server, data center professionals can be reassured that their servers can be kept up and running and not get frustrated enough to push their data centers off the building.

To find out more of the features of the new version of Veritas Cluster Server, visit http://www.symantec.com/cmp/?cmp_id=bc-virtualization