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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

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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. 

dennis_wenk | 18 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

Operational risk is everywhere in the business environment, every decision has its share of uncertainty.  Nothing is a sure thing, yet we when we make important decision we certainly want to “keep the odds in our favor”.  I have often heard the terms like ‘risk appetite’, ‘risk tolerance’, or ‘risk aversion’ used in reference to making forward-looking choices about operational risk as if we can rationally and effectively manage risk based on our subjective feelings.  These terms, however, provide little guidance and position risk-management in the domain of oracles and soothsayers.  Business is not a game of chance based on our subjective ‘feelings’ regarding operational risk. 

The stakes are too high relative to operational risk to leave it to subjective guesses or ‘gut’...

bpascua | 11 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

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...

sai_mukundan | 10 Dec 2012 | 1 comment

 

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dennis_wenk | 10 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

The benefits of data center consolidation are apparent; they save millions of dollars and improve the overall quality of service.  It is easy to see that too many data centers adds unnecessary costs, it chips away at manageability, increases complexity and contributes to a number of operating inefficiencies.  Realizing the economic benefits of data center consolidation can be elusive, the challenge is to circumvent the potential pitfalls that complicated the transformation process.

Data center consolidations involve much more than just moving servers or data from one location into another.  Data centers have become a conglomeration of disparate technologies running on combination of virtual platforms, physical platforms, and clustered platforms that operate an assortment of systems and access a range of data-tiers that are stored on multiple arrays from a whole host of hardware vendors.  

In addition to the...

Kimberley | 30 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

 

Red Hat & Symantec Join Forces to Accelerate Next Generation Clouds

Commercially supported enterprise Linux platforms have an incredibly bright future as core building blocks for next-generation, highly resilient data centers and agile private and hybrid clouds. Yet to fully optimize Linux to support the demands of increasingly business-critical workloads, organizations need to heed enterprise requirements around disaster recovery, high availability, and storage management. To facilitate such a demand, Symantec and Red Hat have partnered together. As a partnership “built on strengths,” Red Hat and Symantec provide the following solutions: Automated off-premise disaster recovery, cost-effective failover for Oracle databases, and improved storage performance for heterogeneous data centers. Further, customers achieve low-cost, flexibility and more robust performance. To learn more about this unique...