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Mike Reynolds PMM | 15 Aug 2012 | 3 comments

 

Virtualization is everywhere, but IT organizations are still looking for ways to cut costs.  One way to do that, is to…  virtualize even more applications!  However, the easy stuff has been done.  File and print servers, cafeteria menus and the company picnic blog have been virtualized.  The next step is to move up the chain and virtualize business and mission critical applications.  But the risks of virtualization are still there.  How do I monitor and protect my application and business services in the event of a failure, or even a site wide disaster?  What happens to the performance or availability of my data when a path connecting a virtual machine to the storage fails?  These are the roadblocks that are preventing IT organizations from virtualizing more of their business critical services and applications.  The good news is Symantec can help!  

Symantec is announcing a new version of...

Mike Reynolds PMM | 18 Jul 2012 | 1 comment

Disasters happen.  In fact, according to the Munchener Ruckversicherungs-Gesellschaft, Geo Risks Research, 355 events, from floods to tornados to tsunamis and earthquakes occurred in 2011.  IT organizations need protection from such horrific events, but also those that are more common place, for instance power outages and equipment failures.  

Here are a few interesting statistics from the latest Symantec State of the Data Center report (available later this year):

  • 70% of organizations experience downtime from power failure (11.3 hours per outage)
  • 63% experience cyber attacks (52.7 hours per outage)
  • 26% conducted a power outage and failure impact assessment
  • Median downtime per outage in the last 12 months was 5 hours
  • Organizations experienced an average of 4 downtime incidents in the past 12 months

When most people hear the term "Disaster Recovery", they immediately think of data...

bpascua | 04 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

I have been working for Symantec for more years than I care to remember. I joined through the Veritas acquisition some 6 years ago. In that time the datacenter has changed incredibly, before joining Veritas I was a systems administrator, this was long before the concept of SANs were mainstream and most UNIX systems simply had direct attached storage. I think it’s fair to say that at some point over the past 10 years the datacenter began transitioning from physical to virtual and we at Symantec were very guilty of not adapting our solutions quickly enough. We went on selling our traditional clustering and storage management tools which while they have always been best of breed weren’t necessarily a good fit in virtual environments. Thankfully due to the strength of our portfolio our product team began to reinvest into adapting our solutions specifically into the virtual space. The upshot is now although there is still much development and innovation under way we have a...

Eric.Hennessey | 18 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

Last week, Symantec and Microsoft announced a joint effort to deliver Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). This hybrid approach will involve using Symantec Storage Foundation HA for Windows on the customer premises to provide data replication and failover management to Microsoft's Azure cloud services. This is a pretty big deal.

While our largest customers have the luxury of multiple data centers spread across a large area, most companies don't. With multiple data centers, a company can provision additional capacity in each one to host another data center's critical applications in the event of a site failure. But in the absence of additional real estate, a company's options for disaster recovery are more limited. And this is where DRaaS comes into play.

This service will allow smaller organizations to acquire virtual real estate in the form of Microsoft's...

Raissa_T | 13 Jun 2012 | 2 comments

Are you setting up Veritas Cluster Server in VMware vSphere?  Below is a technical guide to walk you through the process such as configuring Veritas Cluster Server clusters across ESX hosts and the compatibility of VCS with VMware HA. Check out the new Application Note available now.

Raissa_T | 30 May 2012 | 0 comments

VMworld 2012 is around the corner - August 26-30th, 2012 (US) && October 9-11th (EMEA).  What do you want to see, hear, & learn at #VMworld 2012? Call for Papers Voting is open! Vote for your favourite topics. bit.ly/JnkmdG

Sharad Srivastava | 15 May 2012 | 2 comments

This blog describes the procedure to configure Hadoop Namenode for high availability under Veritas Cluster Server environment using the Agent Builder tool.

Installing and Configuring Hadoop Namenode for High Availability
Below are the tasks that needs to be performed for installing the Hadoop Namenode for clustering purposes:

  • Allocating shared disk resources : Symantec recommends installing Namenode metadata on a separate and dedicated shared disk resource.
  • Creating disk group, volume, and file system : Create a disk group, volume, and file system on a shared disk resource that is allocated for Namenode metadata.
  • Obtaining dedicated virtual IP address and DNS name : Obtain unique virtual addresses and DNS names for Namenode instance. This address and name is required to support the Namenode IP network configuration. Namenode uses this...
bpascua | 07 May 2012 | 0 comments

 

There is a strong Trend in IT towards converged infrastructures. This is really the proliferation of a number of hardware vendors.

Putting their solutions together in a rack and selling it as a complete solution of Storage, Servers and Networks. Converged Infrastructure is also closely associated with Cloud computing and subsequently has a neat segway into many organisations since cloud is very much in the top trends we see. The ability to easily deploy cloud like applications all in one box will certainly tick many of the C level execs check boxes. The problem with the one size fits all approach is that actually – one size doesn’t fit all. Taking Cloud as an example you may buy the infrastructure in one hunk but then what about the tools to manage it with? How about chargeback or showback, What about DR and what about when you want to move off the tin or no longer use that company as a strategic supplier. Most customers I talk to have the resources...

Eric.Hennessey | 03 May 2012 | 1 comment

A funny thing happened the other day when I went to one of my favorite sites to look up a word...I saw the above message, but looking at the redirect URL, it says "failover-namechangedtoprotecttheinnocent.com". Now, far be it from me to be correcting the vocabulary of a site whose stock in trade is word definitions, but in the high availability biz, that is NOT what we mean by "failover". A failover is when you have a service under HA cluster control, and in the event of a failure, that service is relocated to another server in the cluster. In its entirety.

Clearly there was some attempt made at protecting the service, otherwise my browser would have just thrown an error saying the site wasn't available. But it's just as clear that protection wasn't extended to the entire business service. We introduced Virtual Business Services to Veritas Cluster...

Shrikant Ghare | 25 Apr 2012 | 2 comments

A big Thank You to all for taking time to attend the Customer Forum event.

In the "Best practices in DR using VCS & VVR" session, we discussed the following:

  1. How VCS can be configured to achieve an effective and efficient DR solution.
  2. What are the best practices being followed in DR configurations.
  3. How VVR can be effectively configured in DR configurations.
  4. How VVR can help prevent data loss using Bunker configurations.
  5. What are the recommendations from Symantec with respect to DR configurations.

All this is summed up in the presentation attached to this blog post.

Please feel free to comment and ask questions if anything is unclear or you need more information.

 

Thanks again for making the event a great success!

Shrikant Ghare