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ccarrero | 09 Jun 2014 | 0 comments

In the article Commoditizing High Availability and Storage using Flexible Storage Sharing I described my first attempt to create a two node cluster based on Flexible Storage Sharing within Symantec Cluster File System and the nice results that I got. My next step was to increase the node count as I wanted to move to an architecture where a database will be running in each of the nodes. The first step here was to add a new node to the cluster.

Many times I get the question about how easy or difficult is to add a node to the cluster. This was a good opportunity to document what I did here. Our engineers at the Common Product Installer (CPI) group have done a great job over the years and now adding a node to the cluster can be done with a few easy steps.

The first thing to do is deploy the packages on the new server. There are several ways to do...

ccarrero | 27 May 2014 | 2 comments

It was during this year VISION conference in Las Vegas when I got a very interesting question from Mike. He was running my Flexible Storage Sharing (FSS) lab and he asked me: “So Carlos, with FSS I can use internal HDDs and provide a highly available service, commoditizing the HW and avoiding any SAN need”. Then I started talking about the work I have being doing in the lab for the last months. And it was when I realized I had to start writing and publishing about that work, so here we go.

During FSS deployment we all were very excited about the capabilities to bring any application working close to the CPU, especially when using internal SSDs. We worked very closely with Intel and we published the white paper Remove the Rust: Unlock DAS and go SAN-Free. This white paper described how I could increase by four times the performance of a database. But what happens if I do not...

TonyGriffiths | 09 May 2014 | 0 comments

Symantec has released two additional patches to provide support of SFHA 5.1SP1RP4 on RHEL 6.5

 

Please refer to the technote below for more information:

http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH217130 

 

The additional patches are available on SORT

fs-rhel6_x86_64-5.1SP1RP4P1

odm-rhel6_x86_64-5.1SP1RP4P1

 

Thanks

Tony

TonyGriffiths | 23 Apr 2014 | 0 comments

Veritas Storage Foundation and High Availability Solutions (SFHA) 6.0.5 is now available

For AIX , Solaris, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux and HP-UX

SORT links are below:

 

Use SORT notifications to receive updates on new patches and documentation.

 

Cheers

Tony

 

Rank Product Release type Patch name Release date
         
1 Storage Foundation HA 6.0.1 Maintenance Release sfha-sol11_x64-6.0.5 2014-04-15
2 Storage Foundation HA 6.0.1 Maintenance Release ...
TonyGriffiths | 18 Mar 2014 | 0 comments

Symantec has released a set of patches to provide support of SFHA6.1 on RHEL 6.5.

 

The patch is available on SORT

https://sort.symantec.com/patch/detail/8413

 

Refer to this technote for more information:

http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH214987

 

 

cheers

tony

ccarrero | 03 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

Remove the Rust: Unlock DAS and go SAN-free white paper explains how Symantec and Intel can bring high availability to an all-DAS environment through intelligent software and hardware.

The attached deployment guide explains step by step how to easily achieve that implementation using Symantec Storage Foundation 6.1. This guide covers all the details needed, from configuring Infiniband and RDMA, deploying and configuring Flexible Storage Sharing, tune the Intel SSDs, configure File Systems and setup Fast Failover for Oracle.

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RyanJancaitis | 31 Jan 2014 | 0 comments

With the release of Symantec Storage Foundation 6.1, Symantec Cluster File System HA enables customers to take internal storage and "share" that storage across any node in the cluster with the Flexible Storage Sharing (FSS) feature. FSS drastically reduces the OPEX associated with setting up a multi-node environment while providing the same storage management and high availability functionality assocated with SFCFS, but across all-DAS infrastructures.

The advanced FSS technology when coupled with high peformance Solid-State Drives from Intel® combine to provide:

• 4X performance @ ~80% reduction in the cost of SAN

• 90%+ Oracle® Log Writer transactions at under 1 ms

• Full availability and redundancy of internal solid-state drives

See the attached whitepaper for more details on how Symantec and Intel can bring high performance and high availibility to an all-DAS environment through...

dennis_wenk | 20 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

The pace of technological change and its complexity is challenging traditional business continuity paradigms.  What was once considered a ‘Best Practice’ in Business Continuity (BC) no longer serves the new digital-world and organizations can’t rely on these outdated processes to reach their future objectives.    These ‘best practices’, and the standards/guidelines which are based on these best practices are unsuitable for the modern technologically-dependent organization because they were intended to serve a different purpose within a vastly different business environment. Some might question or be puzzled by the notion that long-standing and widely-accepted best-practices could be unreliable, however, that really shouldn’t be so disturbing. After all, ‘Blood-Letting” was once a medical ‘best practice’; one that no so long ago lead to the death of our first US President.  It is time to modernize Business Continuity and align to the genuine...