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Vision 2010: Symantec and Array Vendors Helping Customers "Get Thin" and "Stay Thin"

Created: 14 Apr 2010 • Updated: 19 May 2014
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At our 2010 Vision Conference in Las Vegas this week customers continue to share the intense pressure they are under to better manage their existing resources and thereby cut down on storage spend. In an effort to empower these customers, on Wednesday Symantec announced enhancements to Veritas Storage Foundation that will help to alleviate some of the pain. Enterprises can now automate their storage optimization in thin environments with Symantec’s unique approach to leveraging thin provisioning technology.

Even more exciting are all the array vendors who are lined up to support Symantec's approach to thin provisioning. Symantec partners 3PAR, Compellent, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, IBM and NetApp are all on board and have recently added support for Symantec's industry standard Thin Reclamation API that was announced last year. Check out Wednesday's announcement and all the great quotes from these hardware providers who are realizing the power of combining their systems with Symantec's storage management software to automate storage optimization in thin environments.

Josh Kahn, Symantec’s VP of SAMG, is “thrilled to have the industry rallying around Symantec and our leadership with thin provisioning,” and says that customers can now “automatically reclaim storage while migrating to a thin environment and continually optimize their storage environment over time, helping to make thin provisioning one of the most strategic initiatives today.”

Think of it like this -- not only is Symantec helping customers "get thin" but also "stay thin" by automating the granular, online reclamation of unused storage over time in a way that is transparent to the application, server and storage -- thus ensuring the arrays stay thin. Industry analysts and others are predicting that thin provisioning will be one of the most adopted technologies in the data center over the course of 2010 and beyond.

Here are some key features of Symantec's approach that storage administrators should consider:
• Combined with Veritas File System, Symantec’s cross-platform, thin-friendly file system, organizations can realize the full benefit of thin provisioned storage, including optimizing migrations and enabling storage reclamation.
• In addition, Storage Foundation is the only solution that discovers thin provisioned storage across heterogeneous vendors, while also enabling automated and online storage reclamation allowing organizations to stay thin over time.

Check out these additional links for more details:
Storage Optimization in Thin Provisioned Environments on SlideShare
Veritas Storage Foundation and Thin Provisioning: Rationale, Configuration and Benefits
Leveraging the Power of Thin Provisioning
Optimize Thin Provisioning with Veritas Storage Foundation
Strategies for Identifying and Reclaiming Underutilized Storage
Automating Thin Storage Reclamation with Veritas Storage Foundation