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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...

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...

Mike Reynolds PMM | 13 Jun 2011 | 2 comments

Hello all,

Interested in comparing performance characteristics of Storage Foundation to Solaris ZFS from the comfort of your own desk?  Check out this updated white paper at http://www.symantec.com/connect/articles/veritas-storage-foundation-and-sun-solaris-zfs-2011

Here is a brief introduction:

This whitepaper compares how Veritas Storage Foundation and Solaris ZFS perform for commercial workloads.
The paper describes not only the raw performance numbers, but also the system and storage resources
required to achieve those numbers. 

Pure performance numbers are interesting, but what is often ignored is how much CPU time, memory or I/O
to disk was required to reach that number. In a performance benchmark situation, the resources used are less
relevant, but for sizing server and storage infrastructure in...

Jerry Gowen | 13 Jun 2011 | 0 comments

Most experts agree that moving to the cloud provides organizations with cost savings, flexibility and other efficiencies.  At the same time, CEOs and CFOs are showing concerns with moving business-critical applications to the cloud fearing complications including reliability, security, availability and performance.  Symantec recently commissioned  a survey to examine how organizations plan to use virtualization and private and hybrid clouds in their computing environments amid these conflicting views. The 2011 Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud survey is based on more than 3,700 respondents from 35 countries worldwide.

Our intentions were to observe how organizations plan to use or are already using virtualization and cloud. The survey looked at several aspects including server, client and storage virtualization, storage-as-a-service, and hybrid/private cloud technologies. We also aimed to uncover disparities between expectations and reality of the...

Raissa_T | 10 Jun 2011 | 0 comments

At Symantec, we are always looking for ways to empower you to do more with less!  What better ways to do that than create cliff notes to quickly guide you through some Storage Foundation (SF) and Veritas Cluster Server (VCS) tasks!  Thanks to the Symantec Education team, attached are four quick reference guides!  Go ahead and use them and you will have plenty of time to make that lemonade!

 

The attached documents are: 

Veritas Storage Foundation5.1 for UNIX—Manage and Administer Commands

Veritas Storage Foundation 5.1—Install and Configure Commands

Basic VCS Commands

VCS Troubleshooting Job Aid

 

We have more exciting educational tools including classes which can be held in physical or virtual classrooms.  Visit our education site - education.symantec.com for the latest updates.

In addition, please visit our...

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...

Mike Reynolds PMM | 26 May 2011 | 0 comments

New white paper on Veritas Cluster Server I/O Fencing! 

Here is the Executive Summary:

I/O Fencing provides protection against data corruption and can guarantee data consistency in a clustered environment. Data is the most valuable component in today’s enterprises. Having data protected and therefore consistent at all times is a number one priority.

This White Paper describes the different deployment methods and strategies available for I/O Fencing. It is designed to illustrate configuration options and provide examples where they are appropriate.

Symantec has led the way in solving the potential data corruption issues that are associated with clusters. We have developed and adopted industry standards (SCSI-3 Persistent Group Reservations [PGR]) that leverage modern disk-array controllers that integrate tightly into the overall cluster communications framework.

Go to...

AHerr | 04 May 2011 | 23 comments

Are you interested in using the latest features in Veritas Storage Foundation and Cluster Server version 6.0 before they are available? If you do, we have an excellent opportunity for you to participate and provide feedback for this release. There are four ways to participate:

1. Customers may review videos that demonstrate new 6.0 features.

2. Customers can connect to hosted VMs through SymDemo and test the features, without the need of downloading the images.

3. Customers may connect to the PM lab and test features on physical Solaris servers.

4. The last option is to download the traditional CAP binaries.

To join:

  1. Click the  'Request Membership' button on the Storage Foundation and Veritas Cluster Server 6.0 Beta Program group page.
  2. Complete the form (make sure you use your...
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...