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Crash - Data Center Down | 07 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

 

Are you sitting down? I hope so, because this top-secret Veritas Cluster Server 6.0 knowledge bomb I’m about to drop will knock your spectacles off.

Some engineers gathered in the hallway the other day shortly after my keeper abandoned me there, presumably to go plot the destruction of another of my kind. This worked out in my favor, though, because they were filling each other in on the big news from the Worldwide Technical Symposium and Partner Tech Engage Conference, held Oct. 22-25 in Las Vegas. Why don't they invite the data centers to Vegas anymore? Curse that server who tried to reconfigure a slot machine last year.

Anyway, information surrounding the next product release is under wraps like Luke Skywalker’s lineage. I guess that makes me Darth Vader, because I’m going to tell you anyway.

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Crash - Data Center Down | 19 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

In a departure from our regular technical content, we will be featuring a new guest blog series on Connect. Please help us in welcoming Crash - the star of the Data Center Down! video.

I went to Oracle Open World and all I did was lie on the floor for three days.

Hey now, don’t go pointing those blasters at me. You’d feel the same if just weeks ago you were forced into attempting to set your own Felix Baumgartner-style record by leaping from an 18-story building. I mustered all my strength to pass my wisdom to my second-in-command, the other data center waiting with the crew on the roof. Did you see the way opened his rack when tech specialist Fahima Zahir was around? Shameless flirt. He’s been like that since we were microchips.

Anyway, the San Francisco event made the ideal venue for my debut, although I was sorely disappointed that I didn’t have the...

Theresa LaVeck | 28 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

Formula 1 championship teams relentlessly pursue excellence and never quit. Keeping your critical business services available 24x7 requires the same relentlessness from your High Availability and Disaster Recovery solution.

With Symantec Storage and Availability Management as your pit crew, our Vision EMEA 2012 sessions will keep you in the driver’s seat and help steer you to victory.

  • Learn about industry trends from Symantec, Red Hat, HP and Intel at our Power Session
  • See the latest release of Storage Foundation High Availability and get a sneak peek at our Big Data solution
  • Attend Product Deep Dives and Hands-on Labs to learn how to keep applications highly available in virtual environment, manage explosive data growth, and protect and recover mission-critical applications
  • Run the fastest lap in the Lotus Formula 1 simulator and win great...
Eric.Hennessey | 31 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

 

I had the pleasure of attending VMworld 2012 this week and had every intention of blogging daily from the venue. Suffice it to say that between working in the booth a few hours each day and meetings on the side with Symantec customers and partners, that just didn't happen. On the other hand, I did manage to spot Brent Spiner (Data from the Star Trek: The Next Generation series) at the event.
 
As I said, I spent several hours each day in the Symantec booth talking with customers (current and future!) about our new release of Veritas Cluster Server due out this Fall. This release is pretty exciting in that it has enhancements allowing users to install VCS on Windows and Linux VMware guests, providing application failover between virtual machines. This gives customers another level of protection beyond what our ApplicationHA product delivers so our customers can now select the appropriate level of availability based on service...
Mike Reynolds PMM | 15 Aug 2012 | 3 comments

 

Virtualization is everywhere, but IT organizations are still looking for ways to cut costs.  One way to do that, is to…  virtualize even more applications!  However, the easy stuff has been done.  File and print servers, cafeteria menus and the company picnic blog have been virtualized.  The next step is to move up the chain and virtualize business and mission critical applications.  But the risks of virtualization are still there.  How do I monitor and protect my application and business services in the event of a failure, or even a site wide disaster?  What happens to the performance or availability of my data when a path connecting a virtual machine to the storage fails?  These are the roadblocks that are preventing IT organizations from virtualizing more of their business critical services and applications.  The good news is Symantec can help!  

Symantec is announcing a new version of...

Mike Reynolds PMM | 18 Jul 2012 | 1 comment

Disasters happen.  In fact, according to the Munchener Ruckversicherungs-Gesellschaft, Geo Risks Research, 355 events, from floods to tornados to tsunamis and earthquakes occurred in 2011.  IT organizations need protection from such horrific events, but also those that are more common place, for instance power outages and equipment failures.  

Here are a few interesting statistics from the latest Symantec State of the Data Center report (available later this year):

  • 70% of organizations experience downtime from power failure (11.3 hours per outage)
  • 63% experience cyber attacks (52.7 hours per outage)
  • 26% conducted a power outage and failure impact assessment
  • Median downtime per outage in the last 12 months was 5 hours
  • Organizations experienced an average of 4 downtime incidents in the past 12 months

When most people hear the term "Disaster Recovery", they immediately think of data...

Raissa_T | 13 Jun 2012 | 2 comments

Are you setting up Veritas Cluster Server in VMware vSphere?  Below is a technical guide to walk you through the process such as configuring Veritas Cluster Server clusters across ESX hosts and the compatibility of VCS with VMware HA. Check out the new Application Note available now.

Raissa_T | 30 May 2012 | 0 comments

VMworld 2012 is around the corner - August 26-30th, 2012 (US) && October 9-11th (EMEA).  What do you want to see, hear, & learn at #VMworld 2012? Call for Papers Voting is open! Vote for your favourite topics. bit.ly/JnkmdG

Eric.Hennessey | 03 May 2012 | 1 comment

A funny thing happened the other day when I went to one of my favorite sites to look up a word...I saw the above message, but looking at the redirect URL, it says "failover-namechangedtoprotecttheinnocent.com". Now, far be it from me to be correcting the vocabulary of a site whose stock in trade is word definitions, but in the high availability biz, that is NOT what we mean by "failover". A failover is when you have a service under HA cluster control, and in the event of a failure, that service is relocated to another server in the cluster. In its entirety.

Clearly there was some attempt made at protecting the service, otherwise my browser would have just thrown an error saying the site wasn't available. But it's just as clear that protection wasn't extended to the entire business service. We introduced Virtual Business Services to Veritas Cluster...

Eric.Hennessey | 18 Apr 2012 | 0 comments

I've been blogging over the past couple of weeks under the theme "Everything you think you know about clustering is wrong". It's sort of a tongue-in-cheek theme, but the misconceptions I was trying to dispel are real and held by enough people that I felt they were worth addressing. But now I want to shift gears a little bit.

In my last post, I mentioned how a lot of people can't seem to break out of the late-1990s mindset of 2-node active/passive failover HA:

While large clusters meant we no longer needed two nodes for every critical application, many people's mindsets were still stuck in 1997 and they continued to view HA clustering in a 2-node, active/passive context.

To be sure, that's definitely not the case with all of our customers, especially...