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Theresa LaVeck | 18 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

Check out the recording of our super session at Vision. Jeff Hausman discusses the importance of business continuity and how to keep your business up and running.

Kimberley | 18 Apr 2013 | 1 comment

 

Tunisia Telecom boasts more than six million subscribers in the fixed line and mobile services industry. In order to move into a new stage of growth, the company needed to consolidate its entire information infrastructure from data protection to storage management. Symantec and EMC had jointly provided services up until that time, but only one solution was needed. After evaluating each, Symantec was selected as the sole provider. The integrated solution is centralizing and streamlining data protection, reducing storage volumes, and automating the failover and high availability of Tunisia Telecom’s core billing application. With Symantec’s help, Tunisia Telecom is ready for the next stage in its growth. To read more about how Tunisia Telecom is using Symantec solutions, follow this link: http://bit.ly/11G7UQi   

Kimberley | 03 Apr 2013 | 1 comment

 

SUNY’s Upstate Medical University is both a medical center and education institution. With a goal to improve its community through education, patient care, and research, the medical center’s 8,900 employees rely on an electronic medical record (EMR) system that helps manage and streamline patient records. With an EMR system in place, a solution that helps maintain an extremely high level of availability is imperative. To facilitate this, SUNY Upstate Medical University turned to Symantec. In the 16 months since deploying the high availability solution from Symantec, SUNY reports 99.9994% availability. Additional results include performing automated failover in less than one minute, reducing time to detect failure of a host system by up to 95 percent, and reducing time to apply operating system patches by up to 92 percent. To read more about how Symantec’s high availability solutions are helping SUNY Upstate Medical University, check out this customer...

Mike Reynolds PMM | 02 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

 

Disaster recovery testing is not always a favorite topic of IT professionals.  For administrators it often requires late nights or weekend work and for managers it can be costly and disruptive to business operations.  Ironically, organizations put HA/DR solutions and plans into effect to keep applications and business services up and available, while the testing of these plans can mean downtime.  Another issue is simply keeping the secondary systems or the DR site in compliance or configured properly in relation to the primary systems or location.  Simple configuration changes on the primary systems or site, if not mirrored on the secondary systems, can have major consequences on the organization's capability to failover and recover properly if an incident, whether it is a major catastrophe or a simple error, occurs.  Oh and don't forget the speed of recovery.  Some applications require very...
nick.kenny | 28 Mar 2013 | 0 comments

 

Windows 8 has been released... OK, so I'm not actually that excited about Windows 8 (I'm a Mac user and I like my screen sharp and finger print free).  But as usual it was accompanied by a new version of Microsoft's server OS - 2012 and that does excite me.
 
Yes 2012 has got a load of new functionality, but these 'cool new features' aren't the interesting bits, it's what's been in there for a while that's really exciting.  There are a few components in Windows 2012 that have hit version 3.0 and that's a big deal, one of those is Hyper-V.  What this really means is Microsoft's hypervisor platform has passed a milestone in maturity.  Typically when Microsoft brings a new technology to market it takes a few versions of fine tuning to really hit the mark.  During this time, some early adopters will use it for production workloads, but the majority of large enterprises will...
Steve_Grimwood | 26 Mar 2013 | 0 comments

As in my series of blogs around Storage Optimization there is a commonality about the recognition of the
"data explosion" conundrum, and how this is a placing an extra burden on an already stretched IT storage team.

I've covered off how Symantec’s Thin Provisioning, Compression and Dedupe technologies can assist
with the ever expanding storage paradigm, now it’s time to change tack.
Today’s post targets getting the best value from storage, and in particular, using the appropriate tier of storage
and specifically Symantec’s SmartTier.

So what Symantec S/W are we talking about? - as ever, Storage Foundation.
SmartTier can offer better data placement on the correct tier of storage and reduce the cost of storage ownership.

What is Tiering ?
Simply put, tiering is selecting the correct tier of Storage for data to reside on, by aligning the data
classification with the appropriate...

Steve_Grimwood | 26 Mar 2013 | 0 comments

As in my series of blogs around Storage Optimization there is a commonality about the recognition of the
"data explosion" conundrum, and how this is a placing an extra burden on an already stretched IT storage team.

I've already covered off how Symantecs Thin Provisioning and Compression technologies can assist with
ever expanding storage paradigm, again its time to change tack again.

Today’s blog will again be targeting space utilization and more specifically Deduplication, assisting 
most organizations  to get the best utilization from their storage at the best price point.
So what Symantec S/W are we talking about? - as ever, Storage Foundation.
Let’s focus on Deduplication and how this can offer space savings and cost reductions.

What is deduplication ?
Simply put, deduplication is identifying a commonality in data, and where this occurs only keeping a single
copy rather...

Steve_Grimwood | 25 Mar 2013 | 0 comments

As in my first blog 'Thin Provisioning - How Symantec Can Help' we recognise the "data explosion" as fact rather
than fable and as before is set to continue for the foreseeable future.  Projected growth rates are inexact
however all are in agreement that data creation and retention is on the rise, placing further demand on an
already stretched IT storage team.

Again most customers I speak with are investigating some form of data/storage optimization. 
Often the largest spend of the IT budget is storage, and of course CSO’s and CTO being tasked with reducing this.
Solutions available vary from something as simple as  migrating data from tier 1 storage to adopting newer
technologies such as, SSD’s, Thin Provisioning, along with known technologies such as  compression, dedupe,
the list goes on….

Today’s blog will be targeting space utilization and more...

Steve_Grimwood | 25 Mar 2013 | 0 comments

Today we recognise the "data explosion" as fact rather than fable  (data explosion - the continued increase in the
amount of digital data created and stored) and is set to continue for the foreseeable future. 
Projected growth rates are inexact and vary between analysts, however all are in agreement that data creation and
retention is on the rise, placing further demand on an already stretched IT storage team.
 
With this in mind most customers I speak with are looking at some form of data/storage optimization. 
Typically the largest part of the IT budget is spent on storage, with CSO’s and CTO being tasked with reducing this.
Solutions available vary from something as simple as  migrating data from tier 1 storage to adopting newer
technologies such as, SSD’s, Thin Provisioning, along with known technologies such as  compression, dedupe,the
list goes on…....

Kimberley | 19 Mar 2013 | 0 comments

Although solid-state continues to be touted as a way to address storage bottlenecks for running performance-intensive applications, enterprises are struggling with how to implement the technology in an optimized manner. Though the benefits of solid-state are great, they cannot be fully realized or accomplished unless paired with enterprise-grade data management software in order to optimize their available capacity, and provide high levels of data protection and continuous application availability. This also helps to cost-effectively make use of available tiers of storage. Symantec’s Veritas Storage Foundation can help alleviate these issues because it increases visibility, is automated, efficiently stores data, and provides dynamic storage tiering. To learn more about how Symantec storage solutions can help your company or organization reap the benefits of solid-state technology, check out this article: http://bit.ly/Y4jiAR...