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Theresa LaVeck | 18 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

Check out the recording of our super session at Vision. Jeff Hausman discusses the importance of business continuity and how to keep your business up and running.

Kimberley | 03 Apr 2013 | 1 comment

 

SUNY’s Upstate Medical University is both a medical center and education institution. With a goal to improve its community through education, patient care, and research, the medical center’s 8,900 employees rely on an electronic medical record (EMR) system that helps manage and streamline patient records. With an EMR system in place, a solution that helps maintain an extremely high level of availability is imperative. To facilitate this, SUNY Upstate Medical University turned to Symantec. In the 16 months since deploying the high availability solution from Symantec, SUNY reports 99.9994% availability. Additional results include performing automated failover in less than one minute, reducing time to detect failure of a host system by up to 95 percent, and reducing time to apply operating system patches by up to 92 percent. To read more about how Symantec’s high availability solutions are helping SUNY Upstate Medical University, check out this customer...

Mike Reynolds PMM | 02 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

 

Disaster recovery testing is not always a favorite topic of IT professionals.  For administrators it often requires late nights or weekend work and for managers it can be costly and disruptive to business operations.  Ironically, organizations put HA/DR solutions and plans into effect to keep applications and business services up and available, while the testing of these plans can mean downtime.  Another issue is simply keeping the secondary systems or the DR site in compliance or configured properly in relation to the primary systems or location.  Simple configuration changes on the primary systems or site, if not mirrored on the secondary systems, can have major consequences on the organization's capability to failover and recover properly if an incident, whether it is a major catastrophe or a simple error, occurs.  Oh and don't forget the speed of recovery.  Some applications require very...
nick.kenny | 28 Mar 2013 | 0 comments

 

Windows 8 has been released... OK, so I'm not actually that excited about Windows 8 (I'm a Mac user and I like my screen sharp and finger print free).  But as usual it was accompanied by a new version of Microsoft's server OS - 2012 and that does excite me.
 
Yes 2012 has got a load of new functionality, but these 'cool new features' aren't the interesting bits, it's what's been in there for a while that's really exciting.  There are a few components in Windows 2012 that have hit version 3.0 and that's a big deal, one of those is Hyper-V.  What this really means is Microsoft's hypervisor platform has passed a milestone in maturity.  Typically when Microsoft brings a new technology to market it takes a few versions of fine tuning to really hit the mark.  During this time, some early adopters will use it for production workloads, but the majority of large enterprises will...
bpascua | 14 Mar 2013 | 0 comments

Cloud computing has long been a buzz word in the IT sector. A seemingly fitting definition of cloud is “a model for enabling convenient, on demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort. Many organisations have cautiously been dipping their toes in the public cloud market. Many applications can be seamlessly delivered through public clouds which alleviate the need to on premise servers and reduce the capex costs involved with hosting these services on premise.  Public clouds offer the benefit of utilizing someone else’s  infrastructure to run IT workloads on a pay as you go basis thus reducing your capex costs. Private clouds are different since they leverage cloud technology and ultimately reduce overall opex costs and improve business agility. Many organisations particularly in the financial sector simply wont use public clouds for their mission critical...

dennis_wenk | 27 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

The modern organization is highly dependent on information technology, simultaneously and quite unintentionally, information technology has introduced new exposures which have deceptively seeped into every layer of the financial organization.  The likelihood that an organization will experience a catastrophic loss from an IT-service interruption caused by an IT issue is far greater than an interruption coming from some disaster or ‘black swan’ event.  Still, the key to survival is allocating the appropriate amount of resources to the “right” risks; while that may include planning contingencies for a worse-case scenario, to be rational about risk more guidance regarding the investment tradeoffs that mitigate risk.

The “Big Question” is how to optimize scarce resources today, to achieve the greatest reduction in future losses.  The Big Question two components: (1) which risks are the serious ones and...

bpascua | 20 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

Recently one of my customers had a series of outages in the Communications between their buildings. The upshot of this is because of the way they had deployed their clusters they weren’t protected against their cluster nodes losing communications between each other. I have seen mixed experiences from my customers in terms of split brain issues (split brain is when all nodes in a cluster begin writing in an uncoordinated fashion to shared storage as they each believe they are the last node in the cluster)

I have seen customers running Campus Clusters with no split brain protection and have yet to see any problems. I have also seen other customers who go belt and braces using IO fencing which is built into VERITAS cluster server. Some have issues due to the way they handle the IO fencing devices as they are often not understood. So what's it all about then? it’s pretty simple.

For a cluster to work there needs to be a communication system between the...

TonyGriffiths | 01 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

Veritas Storage Foundation and High Availability Solutions (SFHA) 6.0.3 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

 

 

 

 

 

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Veritas Storage Foundation HA 6.0.1

Maintenance Release

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Mike Reynolds PMM | 07 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

From application recovery to data protection, Symantec provides solutions to help customers keep their business on-line.  One recent event that has everyone thinking and talking about disaster recovery planning is Hurricane Sandy.  We asked a panel of disaster recovery experts from Symantec to discuss best practices and real life examples of disaster recovery strategies that they have seen first hand.  The recording of that webcast entitled "Surviving the Wrath of Sandy: Is your IT organization really ready in the event of a disaster?" is now available on Virtualization Review.  Please register and learn how your peers are approaching disaster recovery planning.