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c3lsius | 30 May 2013 | 0 comments

Despite the blistering heat in New Orleans currently, Symantec will come in full force at Microsoft TechEd next week from June 3rd to 6th. The storage management and high availability team, specifically, will have demos at the expo hall pertaining to Microsoft's Azure, Hyper-V, Server 2012 and Sharepoint solutions. To learn more about Symantec's Storage Foundation High Availability for Windows, Data Insight and Disaster Recovery as-a-Service, come stop by Symantec booth #1817.

bpascua | 21 May 2013 | 0 comments

Having worked with Clustering for nearly fifteen years I believe this still qualifies me as  a total novice. It’s a bit like saying I work with cars, if I drive formula one car I won’t have much knowledge about stock car racing.  When we talk about cluster computing it normally refers to a number of computers working in some coordinated fashion. These will typically fall into two types,  shared disk and shared nothing.

Shared disk is the most recognized architecture and as the name would suggest simply means that all storage is available to all nodes in the cluster. Examples of this could be Oracle RAC or Storage Foundation Cluster Filesystem.  In both these instances a lock manager is required to manage to the coordinated access to the data. Shared disk architecture offers the highest levels of availability. Depending on the application it can often scale very badly in true parallel shared clusters. I often see this in Oracle RAC environments...

sai_mukundan | 25 Apr 2013 | 1 comment

Veritas Cluster Server (VCS) has added support for Fusion-io directCache through a VCS agent. Fusion’s directCache software transforms their ioMemory storage into a block-based storage cache by intelligently placing the most frequently accessed data in flash memory for increased performance. The VCS agent can check the status of directCache and enable/disable directCache for use by any application. The Fusion-io VCS agent supports the monitor, online and offline entry points. The agent supports VCS 5.1 and VCS 6.0 versions on RHEL 5 & RHEL6. For more information on the agent, please visit SORT @ (select 'Partner agent' under Agent type) or

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:   

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 success...

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 stringent...
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 confine it to...
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...