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Arun Balakrishnan | 09 Dec 2013 | 1 comment

Symantec today announced the release of Storage Foundation 6.1 and Cluster Server 6.1. This release enables organizations to adopt Flash/SSD for mission-critical workloads for increased and reliable performance without compromising on availability. This release also further enhances the high-availability and disaster recovery capabilities which our customers already use.

 

New features in this release include:

  • SmartIO - Granular, online caching at the application level. With SmartIO, application architects, server administrators, and database administrators can move reads and writes inside the server. In lab tests replicating real-world use-cases, SmartIO delivers up to 400% performance improvement while reducing storage costs by 80%.
  • Flexible Storage Sharing (FSS) - Simplify SSD/Flash adoption and realize...
AbdulRasheed | 28 May 2014 | 0 comments

Is the era of storage systems (arrays) facing disruption? Do the expensive monolithic chassis sellers need to find new ways to make money? Do the investors betting on newer storage array startups need to cash in now? Although it may feel unlikely in the near term, the perfect storm may not be that far away. 

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Let us think about how storage arrays came to solve problems for IT. There were two distinct transformations in this industry:

  1. In the beginning, storage systems originated as a way to offload computing requirements for RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) from the host. In the days when hard drives had only a few gigabytes of capacity, data centers needed a purpose-built solution that had the computing power to implement RAID solutions on spinning disks. It was common to see such storage systems directly connected to servers hosting...
RyanJancaitis | 16 May 2014 | 3 comments

“What is SmartIO and what does it do?”  Since the launch of Storage Foundation 6.1, I’ve been asked that question by all sorts of people in all sorts of situations.  The most concise answer I have is that “SmartIO makes everything in a SAN faster”.  In a two-minute conversation with a customer or family member, this answer is typically enough, especially for the less technically inclined members of my family.  For those curious or dubious however, the next question is always “what do you mean everything?”

The first place SmartIO brings value is in application performance, specifically those with lots of small, random reads and writes, such as a transactional database.  By keeping hot data inside the server on super fast solid state devices, application reads are filled in microseconds rather than milliseconds on traditional SAN.

Figure 1 - Transactions per Minute...

Mike Reynolds PMM | 28 Apr 2014 | 0 comments

It's well known that businesses are relying more and more on the delivery of services from their IT departments.  Some of these services are critical to the health of the business and they simply cannot go off-line otherwise revenue, brand reputation and employee productivity are at stake.  

Check out this webcast video that includes industry experts Gartner Research Vice President, Donna Scott andSymantec Vice President of Product Management, Doug Matthews discussing best practices to keep your business up and running. Uncover the answers to many top of mind business continuity questions including:

  • What makes a complete IT business continuity solution?
  • Are the native tools included with operating system platforms sufficient for mission-critical applications with short Recovery Time...
Mike Reynolds PMM | 25 Apr 2014 | 0 comments

OpenStack and Symantec

Symantec has joined the OpenStack Foundation as a corporate-level sponsor. In doing so, Symantec joins a vibrant consortium of OpenStack users, developers and other leading IT vendors including Cisco, HP, IBM, Rackspace and Red Hat, as well as many innovative emerging companies like Cloudscaling, Mirantis and Nebula that are helping shape the future of cloud computing.

On joining the consortium, Chief Operating Officer Mark Collier commented, "We are delighted to have Symantec as part of the OpenStack ecosystem.  We look forward to and welcome Symantec's contributions that leverage their expertise in critical areas including information security, availability and management, that will help advance the OpenStack cloud management platform."

What is OpenStack?

OpenStack is open source cloud management software.  It...

RyanJancaitis | 09 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

The 6.1 release of Storage Foundation High Availability introduces SmartIO which enables customers to increase application performance and reduce storage costs while maintaining availability of data and applications.

Introduction

SmartIO takes advantage of internal Solid State Storage (SSD) devices to provide an intelligent, distributed caching layer to serve more reads and writes from inside the host, effectively decoupling front-end IOPs from back-end capacity.   SmartIO allows customers to cache at the Volume (VxVM), File System (VxFS), and file level for highly granular control of application performance and utilization of the solid state device.  SmartIO utilizes advanced heuristics to maximize the effectiveness of cache population and eviction to ensure the most relevant data is stored within SmartIO’s cache areas.  SmartIO can also tie...

Arun Balakrishnan | 05 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

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Joe Crooks | 04 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

Didn't attend the Gartner Data Center Show? Participate virtually!  Take the same survey we were giving on the show floor. We will be compiling the results and sharing them with the world, see how you stack up against your peers.

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Arun Balakrishnan | 11 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

35,000 lbs. of water... 100mph winds... 3 minutes. Releasing soon!

 

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Crash - Data Center Down | 01 May 2013 | 0 comments

 

Last time on Data Center Down, Crash detailed the meeting of several IT “Super Friends” at the 3rd Annual Red Hat Partner Conference, held in January.

Let’s first take a moment to tip our own hats to two Focus Partners who took home awards: Emergent, LLC, was named Partner of the Year for demonstrating the highest level of commitment to Red Hat through their engagement and investments. DLT Solutions was honored as Public Sector Virtualization Partner of the Year for collaborating to create exceptional growth in the virtualization ecosystem.

Now that I’ve acquainted you with my data architecture allies, I’d like to introduce the Lex Luthor of our realm: Storage.

If you’ve ever struggled to integrate paths across physical and virtual environments, suffered from downtime while upgrading applications, or lost data during migration...