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captain jack sparrow | 30 Dec 2013 | 1 comment

Ever wondered terminology of Number of 9's in SLA. See the actual downtime offered by multiple vendors in market.

Number of 9’s

Availability Percentage

Total Annual Downtime



3 days, 15 hours



8 hours, 45 minutes



52 minutes, 34 seconds



5 minutes, 15 seconds

Hope this helps understanding SLA 


c3lsius | 30 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

The Symantec Data Insight team is proud to announce that BNY Mellon won a prestigious industry award, the Information Security Executive (ISE) North America Project of the Year in the Commercial Category, with the use of Data Insight for their unstructured data governance project.

By implementing Data Insight, BNY Mellon’s Risk and Compliance Group was able to develop a governance process to provide security and user access certifications over high risk data stored in network shared drives, which are scrutinized by regulatory agencies, external and internal auditors. The customer was particularly delighted by the level of commitment the Symantec engineering team demonstrated throughout the implementation. The Phase 1 of the customer's project has been deemed a success, catapulting BNY Mellon to win the ISE Award. Moving forward, the customer plans to continue to showcase the value of...

TonyGriffiths | 23 Dec 2013 | 1 comment

Having used Storage Foundation for some time, I take for granted the interpreting of disk and volume sector sizes into a more human friendly format such as Gigabyte (GB) & Terabyte (TB).


Fundamentally disks/LUNs use a sector as the granular unit of transfer, typically this is 512 bytes on Solaris, Linux & AIX and 1024bytes on HP-UX. Whilst that is great for disks, it is not easy on the human eye i.e 1 TB = 2,147,483,648 sectors (assuming 512byte/sector) and it takes a little maths to do the conversion from sectors to GB or TB.


Like disks, the Volume Manager Component (VxVM) of Storage Foundation also uses sectors and in the early versions that is what you had work if displaying volume sizes in the CLI. Fortunatley in later releases, we have introduced human friendly formats in the commands to aid ease of use. Below are some examples from a Linux system showing how human friendly formats can be used in displaying volumes and disks...

dennis_wenk | 20 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

The pace of technological change and its complexity is challenging traditional business continuity paradigms.  What was once considered a ‘Best Practice’ in Business Continuity (BC) no longer serves the new digital-world and organizations can’t rely on these outdated processes to reach their future objectives.    These ‘best practices’, and the standards/guidelines which are based on these best practices are unsuitable for the modern technologically-dependent organization because they were intended to serve a different purpose within a vastly different business environment. Some might question or be puzzled by the notion that long-standing and widely-accepted best-practices could be unreliable, however, that really shouldn’t be so disturbing. After all, ‘Blood-Letting” was once a medical ‘best practice’; one that no so long ago lead to the death of our first US President.  It is time to modernize Business Continuity and align to the genuine...

TonyGriffiths | 04 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

Rank Product Release type Patch name Release date
1 Symantec File System 5.0MP2 Rolling Patch fs-hpux1123-5.0MP2RP9 2013-12-03
2 Symantec File System 6.0.1 Hot Fix fs-rhel6_x86_64- 2013-11-29
3 Oracle Disk Manager 5.0MP2 Rolling Patch odm-hpux1123-5.0MP2RP3 2013-11-22
4 Symantec Data Insight 3.0.1 Rolling Patch data_insight-3.0.1RP8a ...
Kimberley | 25 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

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M.Pozzi | 09 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

As Symantec parther I had the opportunity to examine in depth the beneficts of adopting Veritas Cached ODM.

I tested it on differents landscapes with differents OS, DB sizes and workloads.

With an important support of DBAs in the analysis phase we enabled and configured it on a VLDB part of the billing process of a <55 "Fortune Global 500 2013" Company.

The archivments obtained were great, check the attached doc if you are interested in.





Mike Reynolds PMM | 07 Nov 2013 | 0 comments


I hear it more and more from IT professionals, "our key 'X' application just can not go down."  As you can image, the "X" variable in the prior sentence usually stands for a key business service or application running in the data center.  It might be cusotmer or partner facing website such as an ordering or reservation system, or it might be a service that internal employees use on a regular basis to do their job and keep operations going.  Regardless, if the "X" is down, heavy costs are incurred and someone may be in trouble.  

If you are thinking about how to keep your business up and running, check out Symantec's new Business Continuity homepage called "Run Business Run."  If you have a business continuity or disaster recovery project on the table, you can use the information on this page to give you the key concepts to consider...
TonyGriffiths | 07 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

Storage Foundation and High Availability Solutions (SFHA) 6.0.4 is now available for the operating systems below:


SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP2 & SP3

The Veritas Cluster Server (VCS) component additionally supports Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 (No Storage Foundation support)


The SFHA 6.0.4 documentation is available on SORT:


The SFHA 6.0.4 software is available on FileConnect (Serial key required)

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