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dennis_wenk | 07 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

There are many business benefits to the efficiencies that IT provides and the vast majority of functions have been automated.  Today, businesses do more transactions, of greater value, faster than ever before.  This intense dependence on technology has also introduced new risks and vulnerabilities that have large consequences.  One of the primary missions, therefore, for any modern organization is to manage the inherent risk within this complex infrastructure. The only rational reason for spending money to reduce operational risk is the expectation that the benefits outweigh the costs.  

Subjective measures such as risk-tolerance or risk appetite can lead to serious errors of fact, in the form of excessive fear of small risks and neglect of large ones.  The stakes are too great for organizations to rely on intuitive judgments that are error-prone.  Creating infrastructures that increase resiliency requires methods that provide better...

c3lsius | 04 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

It has been a busy end of 2012 indeed. Last November and December, a few of my colleagues and I represented the Storage and Availability Management team at the back-to-back NetApp Insight conferences in Las Vegas, Dublin and Macau. At this technically-oriented conference,we promoted our latest product partnership with NetApp, specifically for:

(1) Dynamic Multi-Pathing for VMware (vDMP)- provides performance, availability and visibility for block-attached storage for VMware ESX.

(2) Symantec Data Insight- helps customers improve data governance through data owner identification and visibility into data usage and access permissions.

Through conversations with NetApp's partners and product management employees from around the world, it is evident that there is a big opportunity for vDMP and Data Insight integrated with NetApp storage systems.

Besides from discussions about recent product launches at NetApp and key partnerships formed, some keynote...

c3lsius | 04 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

Did you miss the webcast, "Manage Unstructured Data with Symantec Data Insight for NetApp Storage Systems," last month with guest speaker, Sharyathi Nagesh, NetApp Technical Marketing Engineer? Listen to the recording and learn how Symantec Data Insight, jointly developed with NetApp and integrated with NetApp storage systems, can help organizations improve data governance through data owner identification and visibility into data usage and access permissions.

 

jmartin | 20 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

 

On December 18, 2012, Symantec completed another release of Symantec Operations Readiness Tool (SORT)! With SORT’s focus of improving the total customer experience for Storage Foundation and NetBackup customers, we’ve added the following features and improvements to the website:

Storage Foundation High Availability Solutions

Pat Coggins | 20 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

Few would argue against the importance of robust disaster recovery plans for your applications and services. Events over the last year or so have reminded us how easily service outages can impact an organization's revenue and undermine consumer confidence. At a basic level, the efficient recovery of services is dependent on the availability of the data, and one of the most common ways to achieve this is through data replication to a remote site.

Veritas Volume Replicator (VVR) from Symantec is a replication solution over IP that maintains a consistent copy of your application data at remote sites. Synchronous and asynchronous modes of replication are supported and a bunker option provides a zero recovery point objective for asynchronous configurations. As a host based replication solution, VVR is independent of both application and storage and supports up to 32 remote locations (at any distance) making it a truly flexible and scalable solution.

VVR is an extension...

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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D White | 11 Dec 2012 | 1 comment

I could point readers at the myriad of articles on a certain lack of certification for x86 hypervisors or open up the proverbial can of worms by digging into the complex details of licensing or support policies.....but I'll resist that temptation for now as there are actually some technical concerns that would prevent me from running production databases on an x86 hypervisor platform.

Thinking about it logically, databases have long been designed to manage memory allocations and features such as AMM (Automatic Memory Management) were designed around the principle of having dedicated RAM managed by database technologies. In a virtualised environment, hypervisors have their own memory management tools which are largely designed around the principal that the sum total of the virtual machine memory will exceed that of the physical memory in the server so features such as memory reservations, shares and "balooning" are designed to enable over-...

nick.kenny | 11 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

 

The IDC expects data generated by enterprises to grow by 48% this year and for 90% of that to be unstructured data.  At this rate, demand is far outpacing the reduction in the cost of storage.  With an ever increasing squeeze being put on IT department budgets, how is this problem being tackled?

The issue draws interesting parallels to the energy crisis governments around the world are currently facing, with demands for more energy offset against rising fuel costs and environmental targets.  There are some interesting parallels in the solutions being used by both as well and perhaps a few tips to be learnt.
 

Saying it with a smile

Power boards in the US have been using some well documented psychological principles to reduce consumption rates, with impressive results and best of all - they're incredibly simple to implement. It likely started with an experiment in 2004 conducted by Roberto...