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Symantec's Capabilities in Vmware - Does It do what is says on the Tin?

Created: 11 Dec 2012 • Updated: 11 Jun 2014
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Over the past six months I have seen a resurgence in interest in the Veritas Cluster Server brand, this is due to a number of factors. Firstly I strongly believe that Data Centre's are finally beginning to virtualise their critical applications. Secondly the latest version fo Veritas Cluster Server now includes Vmware support for seamless failover using VMDK disks. I have recently been involved in three projects where customers have been testing Veritas Cluster Server against Oracle and Websphere to make sure it can actually do what it says on the tin. I am pleased to announce that yes it actually works and all have been successful. As anticipated the ability to use the native VMDK as a unit of failover is making customers considerably less nervous about virtualising their applications. This is great news for both Symantec and our loyal customers.

I was also delighted to see that Symantec have also released a support statement for our Cluster Filesystem in Vmware environments. This really takes application availability to the next level. We can deliver much faster failover of applications within the Vmware constructs using native VMDK's while maintaining Vmotion capability. I haven’t implemented the Cluster Filesytem yet, but given its a tried and tested platform I suspect we will be seeing more and more CFS in Vmware as it matures. In case you missed the announcements there are a couple of how to links below.

 

VCS in Vmware - http://www.symantec.com/connect/articles/achieving-high-availability-oracle-and-vmware-vcs-602

 

CFS with Vmware - http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=HOWTO82299