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Storage and Availability Management

IT Justice League, assemble! Part 2 of 2

Created: 01 May 2013 • Updated: 03 May 2013
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Last time on Data Center Down, Crash detailed the meeting of several IT “Super Friends” at the 3rd Annual Red Hat Partner Conference, held in January.

Let’s first take a moment to tip our own hats to two Focus Partners who took home awards: Emergent, LLC, was named Partner of the Year for demonstrating the highest level of commitment to Red Hat through their engagement and investments. DLT Solutions was honored as Public Sector Virtualization Partner of the Year for collaborating to create exceptional growth in the virtualization ecosystem.

Now that I’ve acquainted you with my data architecture allies, I’d like to introduce the Lex Luthor of our realm: Storage.

If you’ve ever struggled to integrate paths across physical and virtual environments, suffered from downtime while upgrading applications, or lost data during migration, then you might agree. But it doesn't have to be this way.

Dynamic Multi-Pathing: a friend with benefits

Rebuilding data infrastructure from the ground up is like dating a high-maintenance server (or woman, if you’re into that sort of thing). She eats up your time, burns holes in your checkbook and robs you of your power to accomplish any task not related to her. She wants to be exclusive, but perhaps this is the time in your life to play the field.

Enter Veritas Dynamic Multi-Pathing solution from Symantec. Able to exploit any storage across physical and virtual environments, Symantec gives you the freedom to choose and combine storage options based on your needs.

It offers rolling updates, allowing for upgrades without any application downtime. Your storage is optimized through deduplication, thin reclamation and compression, all of which you can monitor thanks to load-balancing, real-time input/output and performance graphs. Plus, you can add new storage instantly or migrate to storage without impacting end-users, no matter the distance.

Case study

Does it sound too good to be true? Well, if Veritas Cluster File System could destroy the proverbial Kyptonite for a major U.S. government agency, it could certainly do the same for your business.

This organization faced frequent downtime due to intense I/O. They had 36.5 days of downtime per year on average! At $6 million per day of downtime this was a very expensive affair.  With Veritas Cluster File System from Symantec, we helped them move from a single server setup to a high-performing highly-available clustered server environment. We also setup a separate disaster recovery site 600 miles away from their primary site and enabled data replication across the two sites. We helped them achieve 99.999% uptime with the new setup. The projected cost savings due to the huge improvement in uptime? $219 million per year!

That concludes this episode of Justice League.