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jmartin | 26 Aug 2011 | 1 comment

Think you know all there is to know about Symantec Operations Readiness Tool (SORT)? Here are five stats sure to surprise you:

  • 100% of SAMG’s top 50 customers use Operations Readiness Tool
  • 95% of SAMG’s top 100 customers use Operations Readiness Tool
  • Over 16,000 users across 4,100 companies have run 51,000 Operations Readiness Tool checklists
  • Over 1.7 million page views across all Operations Readiness Tool content
  • Over 9,000 registered Operations Readiness Tool users

Are you among those using Operations Readiness Tool? Share the job of Operations Readiness Tool; go to the Operations Readiness Tool page.

jmartin | 25 Aug 2011 | 0 comments

Symantec has completed a new release of our Symantec Operations Readiness Tool (SORT).  In our continued pursuit to improve the total customer experience for our Storage Foundation and NetBackup customers, we’ve added the following features and improvements to the website:

bgoodyear | 18 Jul 2011 | 0 comments

"The future of the datacenter has gotten really cloudy lately..."

It’s the season of IT vendor user conferences.  Wonder what the focus of the conferences is this year?  I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise that every conference has a theme around “The Cloud”.  The most interesting thing to me is that each conference has “The Solution” as well.  If you sit in these conferences for very long, you immediately figure out that you can have your cloud just by using the vendor’s products.  This “cloud in a box” solution sounds really good until you start looking inside their cloud and understand what’s really happening.  By choosing their solution, you just locked into this chosen vendor’s solutions for the cloud.  It’s the same old story: vendor lock-in with just a different name or technology.

When we think about the cloud, the whole...

Raissa_T | 06 Jul 2011 | 0 comments

For some organizations, the idea of virtualizing their mission critical applications is perceived to be more riskier and its advantages are not yet compelling to make the switch.  In fact, according to Symantec's latest Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud Survey, 40% of CEOs and 42% of CFOs are reluctant to make the leap to virtualization.  Some of the cited reservations are around downtime and the lack of visibility into virtualized environments.  However, IT users can get around these challenges by making sure that they deploy virtualization tools that are suited for their particular needs. A foolproof virtualization plan can deliver cost savings, efficiency, increased productivity, high availability, disaster recovery, etc.  Recently, Dan Lamorena, Product Marketing Director within Symantec's Storage and Availability Management Group authored an article in the ...

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...