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dennis_wenk | 03 Dec 2014 | 0 comments

A deduplicated backup copy of data will certainly save on storage costs but does it provide the actual protection or does it just provide a false sense of security?

Most enterprise IT organizations are managing at least 100 TBs of data and some might even have a little bit more data these days.  So 100 TBs seems to be a reasonable amount of data to scratch out a few calculations with regards to data transfer time and cost.

It takes 6 minutes to transfer 1 TB of data over Fiber Channel and over 2 hours (~133 minutes) to move 1 TB over GigE[1].  That means it takes 10 hours to transfer 100TBs over Fiber Channel and ~9 days (~222 hours) over GigE[2]

Deduplication of the data can reduce bandwidth and storage during the backup and that is a good thing.  However, it takes an hour to rehydrate 1.2TBs of deduplicated data back to usable format.  At that rehydration-rate, it will take...

jdangelo_symc | 02 Dec 2014 | 0 comments

I am pleased to announce the publication of a joint white paper between Symantec Information Availability and GE Healthcare.  This document represents a commitment by GEHC to leverage Symantec technology (specifically ApplicationHA)  for the purposes of bringing high availability to their virtualized Picture, Archiving and Communication System (PACS).  Representing more than a $3 Billion global market segment, GEHC is recognized as the leader in PACS installations nationwide.

This white paper provides insight into how GEHC took full advantage of the many facets of Symantec HA solutions for VMware as well as the benefits a highly available Centricity PACS and Centricity PACS 3-D solution can bring to healthcare professionals. 

For more information on how Symantec provides data center security and information management solutions to the Healthcare industry, please visit

Yogesh Ranjan | 17 Nov 2014 | 0 comments

In October 2014, Symantec Cluster Server announced general availability for Cisco UCS HA solution. The new Cluster Server agent provides high-availability for Cisco UCS servers that had no standard way to achieve HA before the agent. To achieve HA for UCS, customers were performing service profile migrations manually or through complex custom scripts. In case of a fault, users had to identify the target server and then either manually associate the service profile to the target servers or had to write complex custom scripts specific to their environments to perform service profile migrations. Either of these cases made the whole process of service profile migration completely unpredictable and manual thus leading to increased downtime.  

With Symantec Cluster Server agent for UCS HA, customers can now achieve completely automated and predictable service profile recovery. The agent integrates with Cisco UCS Manager through XML API interface and...

Jane M | 12 Nov 2014 | 0 comments

On Nov 11, 2014, SORT delivered a release specifically focused on supporting the GA release of DRO 6.1.1.  For this release, we support the following features for DRO 6.1.1:

  • Custom Reports via the Data Collector [Windows] (
  • Users can upload reports to SORT to:
    • Manage reports
    • Compare system configurations for drift
    • View associated documentation, upload statistics, and error statistic summaries
Jane M | 05 Nov 2014 | 0 comments

On November 4, 2014, Symantec completed another release of SORT.
SORT Landing page at

With this release we added the following features and enhancements:

• Product and Platform Lookup can be accessed directly from the menu under Documentation and is the main entrance for product matrix ( )
• Improved search performance

Storage Foundation and Availability Solutions:
• Feature Support History ( ) provides the capabilities to find out the supported product versions by feature
• Product features page (...

Anjaly_Joseph | 16 Oct 2014 | 0 comments

How can we use docker and extend to our build environment ? What is the benefit of doing so ? This article discusses on the use of docker to create images for our build environment and what is the other use case from the build and release point of view.

The sections which we will discuss here are:

  • Overview of docker
  • Build environment using docker and the steps therein
  • Other use case of Docker from the Build and Release perspective

What is docker ?

Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. In simpler terms, to package an application as a self contained box that includes everything needed to run the application  Benefits of docker include that they are smaller than VMs and have an improved performance.  Applications are secure and isolated from other activites of the host system and can effortlessly...

Rajagopal V | 06 Oct 2014 | 3 comments


Storage developers and professionals around the globe gather at the SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) Storage Developer Conference, Santa Clara annually to discuss on latest technologies, tools and tactics that is needed in Data Storage and Management. Also, we all know staying current with the latest technology can amount to good use of our dollars and time. It is the 11th iteration of the conference and was a 4 day event this September which was attended by 480+ professionals from our industry.

[ Link to SNIA SDC 2014 Photos ]

I got the privilege of speaking at the Storage Developer Conference on 15th September on the topic "Phase Change Memory and Its Positive Influence on Flash Algorithms" sponsored by SNIA representing...