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CMilani | 30 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

Introducing Veritas Operations Manager 5.0 and Veritas Operations Manager Advanced 5.0

Over the past year, many technology conferences discussed about explosive data growth. If you attended some, you’ve probably seen the quote that “the growth of data is 40% to 60% over the next two years1” multiple times up on the big screen. True enough, this problem warrants a storage solution that can keep up with data growth while minimizing the risk of unexpected errors or downtime and managing diversity in the data center.

Every IT vendor is trying to tackle this problem and the other challenges that come into play in storage and availability management:

  • Increased expectations to be up and running 24x7
  • Complexity and diversity with array vendors, applications and platforms
  • Low storage utilization rate
  • Introduction of new technologies

Let’s take the example of new technologies, such as...

jmartin | 26 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

On July 26, 2012, Symantec completed another release of Symantec Operations Readiness Tool (SORT). With SORT’s focus of improving the total customer experience for NetBackup and Storage Foundation customers, we’ve added the following features and improvements to the website:

Storage Foundation High Availability Solutions:

  • Enhanced patch lookup functionality (https://sort.symantec.com/patch/patch_lookup)
  • Users can now enter a patch name in addition to a patch ID
  • New patch lookup widget on MySORT (https://mysort.symantec.com)
  • Inclusion of problem remediation commands in Risk Assessment reports
  • Ability to run Risk Assessment reports against vxexplorer data using a new SORT data collector option (VxReplay)
  • Display Oracle Linux in Product/Platform matrix (https...
bpascua | 03 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

Storage Tiering is a fairly well known concept in IT. Like many of these technologies It can often take many years before these cool concepts make it into the mainstream. Thin provisioning is a good example of this. I remember meeting 3PAR and them going over the technology with me. Here we are 5 years later and whilst thin provisioning is now very mainstream, customers implementations vary massively from Netapps check box implementation to many customers not wanting to over provision for fear of running out of storage at all. Storage Tiering is very simply the ability to move data about between different tiers of storage presented to the same host. Hardware vendors provide this in some high end arrays where it does of course come at a high cost and you can only tier within an enclosure. Over time these technologies have improved, for a long time arrays could only tier at a lun level, meaning you had to move everything on a given lun to another higher/lower tiered lun. Technologies...

TonyGriffiths | 14 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

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jmartin | 09 May 2012 | 0 comments

On May 6, 2012, Symantec completed another release of Symantec Operations Readiness Tool (SORT)!

With SORT’s focus of improving the total customer experience for NetBackup and Storage Foundation customers, we’ve added the following features and improvements to the website:

Storage Foundation High Availability Solutions:

  • Ability to automatically create product notifications in a general checklist and in a custom report      
  • Direct links from the SORT home page to MySORT that are based on System Administrator use cases
  • Addition of remediation commands in risk assessment checks
  • Support for Storage Foundation 6.0RP1 and the Solaris 11 platform
  • Addition of two new Windows risk assessment checks (mirror volume without DRL, volume logging locations and mirrors)
  • Updated process flow through the GUI data collector
  • Notifications to users regarding new...
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...

c3lsius | 27 Apr 2012 | 0 comments

Symantec Vision is right around the corner- two more weeks, specifically, from May 7th to 10th in MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This year, Symantec's Storage and High Availability Management group brings to you the swiss army knife of the data center in order to optimize data center assets, ensure availability, scale operations, increase storage utilization, and maintain compliance. Know more about Veritas Operations Manager and Veritas Operations Manager Advanced, a comprehensive storage assessment platform extending the multi-vendor discovery and reporting to the native OS environments.

Register for these sessions now:

Veritas Operations Manager

Session: Tuesday, May 8, 3:45 to 4:45 pm

Lab: Tuesday, May 9, 5 to 6 pm

Repeated Lab: Thursday, May 10, 10:15 to 11:15 am

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Eric.Hennessey | 18 Apr 2012 | 0 comments

I've been blogging over the past couple of weeks under the theme "Everything you think you know about clustering is wrong". It's sort of a tongue-in-cheek theme, but the misconceptions I was trying to dispel are real and held by enough people that I felt they were worth addressing. But now I want to shift gears a little bit.

In my last post, I mentioned how a lot of people can't seem to break out of the late-1990s mindset of 2-node active/passive failover HA:

While large clusters meant we no longer needed two nodes for every critical application, many people's mindsets were still stuck in 1997 and they continued to view HA clustering in a 2-node, active/passive context.

To be sure, that's definitely not the case with all of our customers, especially...

Eric.Hennessey | 13 Apr 2012 | 4 comments
A couple days ago, I blogged about the related myths of complexity and unreliability regarding high availability (HA) clustering. Today I want to spend a little time on the myth that clustering is expensive.
 
Early high availability clustering was as simple as it was primitive. Shared  storage was generally limited to two nodes via dual-attached SCSI disks and  communication between nodes typically consisted of each node just pinging the other periodically to check its state. If the standby node decided the active node was dead, it would respond to that failure by firing local copies of the  failed node's startup scripts to restart applications that had been running there.
 
But SAN and NAS technologies which allowed many more nodes to share a common...
Eric.Hennessey | 10 Apr 2012 | 1 comment
In my last post I mentioned a few common misconceptions about HA clustering that I'd be debunking; namely that it's unreliable, complex, and expensive. There are others that we'll get to in later posts, but for this one I want to tackle the myths of unreliability and complexity, since they kind of go hand-in-hand.
 
The vast majority of our customers using Veritas Cluster Server (VCS) for high availability have been using it for quite some time and are completely happy with it. But we do hear from time to time from customers who say they've used HA clustering in the past - either VCS or Brand X - and stopped using it because it "broke". Frankly, this reaction baffles me. As an IT guy who's been in the business for - well, let's just say a long time, OK? - I learned early on that if something worked yesterday...