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bpascua | 23 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

When we talk about TRIM we aren’t referring to losing a few founds after Christmas, although I could certainly use that. TRIM refers to Solid State Drive and Flash technologies,  which are now becoming more prevalent in Data Centres as well as our consumer world. If you look to buy a laptop these days there is a strong case for opting for a solid state drive to give you faster boot up times and performance. Similarly there are many options in the Enterprise market from true flash arrays like Violin to the PCI accelerator cards like Fusion IO. In order to understand TRIM you need to have an idea of how Flash storage works. SSD’s use NAND memory to store and transfer information in pages.  A collection of pages  makes up a blocks. You cannot delete a page, you can only delete a chunk of pages (block) So when you delete a file it actually just gets marked for deletion and at a later time when enough pages are available they are deleted. This practice slows...

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’...

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