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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...

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...

jmartin | 20 Jan 2011 | 1 comment

Late last year, we changed the name of Veritas Operations Services (VOS) to Symantec Operations Readiness Tools (SORT) [http://sort.symantec.com]  and we enhanced the site to help new users understand more about the available features. 

As you’ve likely seen, the main SORT webpage is geared toward educating new users about SORT features and functions. 

For previous VOS users, we suggest going directly to the MySORT page (http://mysort.symantec.com).  MySORT is the old VOS home page with a few minor changes.  You’ll see a color template difference but the old VOS functionality is still there including enhancements based on previously received feedback.

If you just want to use the tools and services, go to the MySORT page and get started (http://mysort.symantec.com).  You can generate reports for...

Fahima | 21 Nov 2010 | 0 comments

Facing challenges around storage utilization and performance in virtual infrastructures? Increase in storage consumption could have a dramatic impact on your IT budget. Deploying virtual machines is not as efficient when deploying thousands. And from your end-user’s perspective, when a large number of users log into their desktops simultaneously, performance can suffer dramatically.

Symantec VirtualStore helps you fully benefit from your virtualization investments by addressing virtualization’s storage challenges. Based on Veritas Cluster File System technology, VirtualStore is built for VMware virtual machine management in the form of a highly scalable, clustered NAS solution. It allows for rapid provisioning of servers and virtual machines, and efficient, space-optimized cloning and boot-up of virtual machines, all through VMware’s management console, vCenter. It allows you to:

  • Reduce virtual desktop cost by as much as 50% as compared to...
DLamorena | 08 Nov 2010 | 2 comments

New Intelligent Monitoring Framework in Storage Foundation HA 5.1 SP1 Introduces Proactive Detection of Failed Processes for Faster Recoveries

By Jerome M. Wendt

Downtime is rarely an option for mission critical applications and while many strides have been made over the last decade to ensure uninterrupted application availability, some gaps in providing protection still remain. One of these is reducing the time it takes to detect when a failure has occurred so a recovery on a secondary server can be promptly initiated and successfully completed. It is expediting these server recoveries that the new Intelligent Monitoring Framework introduced in Storage Foundation HA 5.1 Service Pack 1 (SP1) accomplishes.

Many organizations are more than happy with the speed of failover on the clustering solution that they use to support mission critical applications as these clustering...

captainconfusion | 30 Aug 2010 | 0 comments

Veritas Storage Foundation 5.1 introduced some nice changes into the vxassist utility to support rudimentary allocation templates and volume attribute persistence.  Support for these will allow environments running SF to start regularizing some of their operations related to volume-level provisioning.  For example, you can standardize layouts of volumes created to support production databases versus development, or you can enable or disable stretch clustering based on some volume type name which could be centered on the name of an application that the volume might be created for.

These new changes are in stark contrast to the much more sophisticated ISP (Intelligent Storage Provisioning) template language that was added in 4.0 but that was dropped in 5.1.  ISP was a large scale structural change that in the end just proved too complex.  Instead, the new changes simply extend traditional vxassist functionality and syntax with rule files and the ability to...

Fahima | 22 Jun 2010 | 0 comments

Check out To RAC or Not to RAC? Veritas Cluster File System Responds "No RAC Needed," the latest blog installment on failover solutions by DCIG lead analyst Jerome Wendt. Find out how the facts illustrate that Veritas CFS HA provides performance that is comparable to Oracle RAC without RAC's added cost and complexity.

Jerome Wendt is the President and Lead Analyst of DCIG Inc., an independent storage analyst and consulting firm. Since founding the company in 2006, Mr. Wendt has published extensively in data storage publications and journals covering all facets of storage.