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dennis_wenk | 13 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

Data is the foundation of information; information leads to knowledge, and knowledge is power.  There can be little disagreement that data then has value.  Digital data has become the new world currency and protecting these valuable assets is a central concern of business continuity management.   Data loss, data unavailability and data corruption will all have an adverse economic impact the organization.  Not only do we need to ensure that data is usable and available but we also need to ensure that it is protected from unauthorized use.  While protecting digital data doesn’t sound particularly challenging; it typically begins with a simple task, make an extra copy.  Making and managing these extra copies, however, remains one of the most common pain points for any organization.        

There are three fundamental aspects of data protection that lead to increasing complexities.

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dennis_wenk | 10 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

Difficult economic conditions lead to fiscal belt tightening, however, the ever-increasing demand for data continues; accelerating the requirement for hardware to manage the data.  Big data and its appetite for hardware become prominent line items which appear like ripe, low hanging fruit to many cost-cutters.  Buying low priced, ‘good enough’ or mediocre equipment starts to emerge as an opportunity to reduce a burgeoning budgetary item.  Price of the hardware however, is only one part of the total cost equation.

Low-cost gear costs less not just because of limited functionality; it is lower cost because a number of engineering short cuts are taken during manufacturing.  For example, using lower-tolerance components that have higher failure-rates or removing redundant components are common ways to reduce production cost.   These short-cuts, however, negatively impact overall reliability and increase the failure rate....

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...

Doreet | 19 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

See how Veritas Cluster Server high availability and disaster recovery solutions enable enterprises to eliminate the risk of deploying business critical applications in virtual environments.

 

 
Read or about Veritas Cluster Server at: http://www.symantec.com/cluster-server
anishv | 08 Nov 2012 | 1 comment

We are seeing great adoption rate for our newest SFHA releases (6.0 & 6.0.1) and customer escalation data shows a marked improvement in quality over previous release (5.1SP1). In the last year (Nov 2011-Oct 2012), deployments of 5.1SP1 and 6.0/6.0.1 releases were equal in number whereas the customer escalations received on 6.0/6.0.1 stream were just 40% as compared to those received on 5.1SP1. And the good news doesn’t stop there! It is common that an escalation does not actually end up in product code changes and the trend continues, significantly smaller number of customer escalations on 6.0/6.0.1 stream resulted in product changes as compared to previous release.

Doreet | 08 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

Hosting some 1.3 billion website visits each month, LivePerson understands how to scale big. The CSO for the largest provider of realtime customer engagement solutions explains how the firm is leveraging Veritas Cluster Server to meet business-critical requirements around cloud services availability and deliver on its SLAs for customers.

http://www.symantec.com/resources/customer_success/detail.jsp?cid=liveperson
 

 

Pooja Sarda | 02 Nov 2012 | 1 comment

 

The VCS DiskGroup agent has a configurable option PanicSystemOnDGLoss. It enables fast failover of application on loss of storage connectivity or when disk group commands are not responding. On extremely busy systems, it can cause halting of the system due to consecutive monitor timeouts. Prior to VCS 5.1, it was set to on (1) by default. Based on feedback, we changed the default from on (1) to off (0). However, we could still only turn on/off the behavior. With VCS 6.0, we have added flexibility to set it to a value based on the use case.

0: Do not halt the system.

1: Halt the system if either disk group goes into disabled state or the disk group resource faults due to monitor timeout.

2: Halt the system if disk group goes into disabled state.

3: Halt the system if disk group resource faults due to monitor timeout.

Priya 2 | 02 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

Before installing any Oracle RAC patch or patchset software:

■ Review the latest information on supported Oracle RAC patches and patchsets:
http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=DOC5081

To apply Oracle patches

1 Freeze the service group that contains the Oracle resource and the cssd
resource:
       # hagrp -freeze grp_name

2 Install the patches or patchsets required for your Oracle RAC installation.
     See the Oracle documentation that accompanies the patch or patchset.
If the patch is for Oracle database software, after applying the patch, before
starting the database or database instance, relink the SF Oracle RAC libraries
with Oracle libraries.

3 Unfreeze the service group that contains the Oracle resource and the cssd
...

Kimberley | 02 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

 

During his tenure at Yapi Kredi Bank, Cahit Erdogan has overseen rapid growth and expansion. Dealing with growth is never easy, especially in IT, but with the help of a number of Symantec solutions Erdogan has been able to tackle the challenge head on. Since partnering with Symantec the bank has realized a number of benefits including improved security, lower storage costs, and high availability of business critical data and applications. Check out this case study in CIO Digest to read more about Yapi Kredi Bank’s success. http://bit.ly/V2E7uA