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Sanjays | 23 Jun 2011 | 0 comments

A lot of us are bombarded with messages about the cloud and differening views and opinions on what is a cloud. I guess the National Institute of Standards and Technology  has weighed in on the topic to settle it once and for all.

Checkout their definition at : http://www.nist.gov/itl/cloud/upload/cloud-def-v15.pdf

You can also find more information about Symantec's view of the cloud at http://go.symantec.com/cloudavailability

Sanjays | 23 Jun 2011 | 0 comments

The explosive growth of data is one of the top challenges of every data center faces today. Keeping this in mind,  it becomes very important to understand the 'cloud' storage models which can help alleviate some of these problems while delivering storage with pre-defined SLAs.

This article does  a great job explaining Storage-as-a-Service,  what it is and what its not. Storage-as-a-Service gives you the benefits of having an internal service with automated, pooled storage within a private data center.

To understand Storage-as-a-Service read the blog:

http://chucksblog.emc.com/chucks_blog/2009/08/reconsidering-storage-as-a-service.html

To understand how you can implement your own Storage-as-a-Service architecture and the challenges read:

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Sanjays | 16 Jun 2011 | 0 comments

Is the approach to the cloud similar to a new car purchase ? Dave Elliott, Symantec Product Marketing Manager argues that it is indeed similar, in his blog on SOAworld magazine.

 The crux of the argument is that you really need to have thought about what you are getting from the cloud, what will work for your needs as well as what is expected of it and then making sure that you are indeed making sure that it delivers.

For instance, for some smaller businesses it makes sense to use the public cloud but for many others, private cloud is the only way to go. Some enterprises have confidential data which needs to be very secure, others have requirements that mean they need control over the data. One has to consider the privacy, security and control they needs before they decide on how to approach the cloud.

In regards to car safety requirements, enterprises have similar needs for their data. Most enterprises cannot afford to lose their data or have their site...

c3lsius | 15 Jun 2011 | 0 comments

An interesting article written by Jerome Wendt of DCIG about Data Insight's new SharePoint support functionality:

Data Insight Extends Data Ownership Classification Capabilities to Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft SharePoint is fast replacing network file servers as the preferred tool for information sharing and workplace collaboration within enterprises. But as that occurs, the same set of data management issues that exist on network file servers are re-surfacing in these environments. By Symantec now extending the capabilities of its Data Insight to reach into SharePoint, enterprises can be assured that they are only keeping the data that they need in SharePoint while confidently archiving, deleting or re-assigning the rest.

Sheila Childs, Research Director for Gartner's Storage Strategies and Technologies group,...

RyanJancaitis | 14 Jun 2011 | 0 comments

 

Look back over the past 20 years and think about the size of drives you’ve purchased.  The first PC I owned ran Windows 95 and had a gigantic 512 MB hard-drive.  This machine was used primarily for writing papers, emacs based email, and ‘surfing the net’.  There was no way I could ever conceive of filling up my drive and thought I’d have the machine for years.  Then the default format for music and photos was digitized, and it quickly ran out of space.  When I bought my next PC, it had 8 times the storage, but came at a similar price.

That’s in the consumer space – where it gets interesting from the Enterprise Storage perspective.  When SANs were gaining popularity for their speed and capacities back in the early 2000’s, 10 TB SANs were enormous and only reserved for the largest and most IT aggressive customers.  In 2001, EMC Symmetrix 8000’s could be configured from 72 GB to...

Sanjays | 27 May 2011 | 0 comments

Data centers the world over are struggling to address many challenges today. These challenges center on keeping costs down, reduced resources whether it be capital or people resources, increasing storage costs and demanding SLAs. For many data centers the answer is to move to a private cloud or a private cloud like model.

We at Symantec have been talking to you, our customers and have been trying to understand and address some of the challenges in implementing a private cloud. These challenges can be broadly categorized into servers, storage and cloud management. On the server side availability for business services in a heterogeneous environment is an issue, one that could potentially be very expensive. On the storage side there is a need for a 'Storage as a Service' model that works across heterogeneous storage. Finally, we need a way to tie it all together and manage it such that you have visibility in a single pane.

In this white paper, Symantec, Storage...

DLamorena | 02 May 2011 | 0 comments

This week Symantec is announcing Veritas Operations Manager 4.0 and Veritas Operations Manager Advanced. We’re really excited on the Storage and Availability Management team to deliver these new solutions that we believe address some of the key painpoints our customers are facing as they implement virtualization and cloud computing. In reality, these are the same challenges data center managers have been facing for years. What we want to do is help them deliver high service level times, prevent downtime so their businesses can be up and running and then ensure they’re operating with the highest levels of efficiency.

When you introduce new technology like virtualization or thin provisioning there’s always risk; and we want to help you get visibility and minimize that risk so these critical applications can remain online and perform their required functions. As you move to the private cloud there’s also the need to automate. IT has to deliver services...

Sanjays | 10 Mar 2011 | 1 comment

Ballooning  storage costs? , Symantec to the rescue

Storage requirements in the data centers have been increasing dramatically over the last decade. IDC predicts annual storage system shipments will increase to 76.9 exabytes by 2014, a 49% compound annual growth rate (CAGR). At the same time  data centers are trying to figure out ways to cut costs both in terms of capital expenditure ( Capex ) needs as well as Operating costs ( Opex)  needs. These trends together put a lot of pressure on data center IT organizations , leaving them frustrated trying to figure a way out.

 

Fortunately, there is a way out: Many studies have shown the storage utilization rate is very low, averaging about 40% (“The Future of Storage Management”, Gartner February 2010). Surveys indicate that 86% of customers who already have thin capable hardware are not leveraging this capability (source: Symantec Operations Readiness Tools website at...

c3lsius | 28 Feb 2011 | 0 comments

Join us at Symantec's biggest annual user conference at Vision 2011, which will be at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas between May 2nd and 5th. The Storage and Availability Management team will bring you new information about our latest products including:

  • Veritas Operations Manager 4.0 or VOM, which enables administrators to manage heterogeneous applications, server and storage environments with a single pane of glass. VOM is a free comprehensive management platform for Storage Foundation and Cluster Server environments enabling customers to maximize their investments while automating operations and therefore minimizing IT costs.  
  • Our virtualization offerings, such as VirtualStore and ApplicationHA, help companies protect applications in virtual machines and reduce the storage costs that come with going virtual.
  • FileStore, one of Symantec's hardware products, and learn more about our appliances strategy.

Don't miss our...

c3lsius | 25 Feb 2011 | 0 comments

Announcing three beta add-ons for Veritas Operations Manager (VOM). These add-ons can make VOM more powerful and better aligned to your needs:

  • Scripting - allows administrators to store their scripts on the Operations Manager central management server, execute them on selected hosts or on a Business Entity, and monitor the script output status.
  • Veritas Cluster Server (VCS) password management - allows administrators to modify non-secure clusters user's authentication password
  • Package anomaly - compares a set of servers against a set of packages in an attempt to find systems that are non-standard or have installations different than other similar or related systems in the data center

 

Download them now here.