By Shamalee Deshpande, Sr. Product Marketing Manager Information Availability Group, Symantec
The changing attitude toward virtualization in the data center from a recent Symantec sponsored survey, made one thing clear - data center professionals need to be able to do more with fewer resources. This includes ensuring that applications are available and running smoothly, and keeping data protected – without cutting corners.
To help customers accomplish their goals to do more with less, Symantec and Red Hat have worked closely over the past few years to give customers the confidence to achieve both the economics and flexibility of a Linux environment, while maintaining high service levels inside the data center.
This collaboration went a step further today when Red Hat announced the release of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) 3.2 to provide an open virtualization solution that doesn’t compromise performance, scalability or security. Shortly following this release, Symantec will increase the resiliency of the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization environment by adding support for RHEV 3.2 to its disaster recovery and high availability solutions, allowing customers to minimize downtime of mission-critical applications and reduce overall risk in their virtualized environments.
Of particular interest in the RHEV 3.2 release is a new third-party plug-in framework that allows for third parties to integrate features and actions directly into the RHEV management user interface. Through this new framework, Symantec will integrate its comprehensive disaster recovery and high availability solution, Veritas Cluster Server for "push button" disaster recovery orchestration that can execute a recovery plan to automate failover. A Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization site will be able to failover to a disaster recovery site complete with guest, guest network, and storage reconfiguration and restart. Cluster Server provides high availability and disaster recovery for databases, custom applications, and multi-tiered applications across both physical and virtual environments, and over any distance.
“The integration between Veritas Cluster Server from Symantec and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.2 will add tremendous value to our joint customers,” said Radhesh Balakrishnan, General Manager of Virtualization, Red Hat. “Organizations want to simplify business continuity initiatives on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and customers and partners will benefit from the third-party plug-in framework and Symantec’s business continuity solutions to provide the availability of their critical business services across the board.”
Cluster Server provides virtual machine monitoring and failover in the RHEV environment and enables the following for RHEV hosts:
- Connects multiple, independent systems into a management framework for increased availability
- Enables nodes to cooperate at the software level to form a cluster
- Links commodity hardware with intelligent software to provide application failover and control
- Enables other nodes to take predefined actions when a monitored application fails, for instance to take over and bring up applications elsewhere in the cluster.
Together, Symantec and Red Hat offer a more flexible and open environment in terms of hardware, software, and operating systems. In doing so, we hope to provide IT professionals with the resources and tools to deliver a favorable solution to all of their stakeholders.