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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.

yuechang | 17 Jun 2010 | 0 comments

On May 27, 2010 at the financial analyst day, the Symantec Storage and Availability Group Senior Vice President, Anil Chakravarthy and the Information Management Group Senior Vice President Deepak Mohan, teamed up to discuss the trends in storage.  Slides of the Storage Trends Panel are available here.  The recording and full analyst day session transcripts are available here.

Fahima | 09 Jun 2010 | 0 comments

Check out Veritas CFS Proves that Fast Failover Minus High Costs, Complexity and Uncertainty is Attainable, the latest blog on failover by DCIG lead analyst Jerome Wendt as he looks at alternatives to classic high-availability solutions.

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.

Mike Reynolds PMM | 08 Jun 2010 | 0 comments

Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) is an ideal  tool if you require high performance, have lots of money and don’t mind complexity.  However, if you are using RAC for high availability, there is another solution that provide almost the same failover performance at a fraction of the cost.  Read this blog from Storage Switzerland to find out more.

Mike Reynolds PMM | 20 May 2010 | 0 comments

Hello Connect Users,
 
If you attended the Vision Conference last month, you learned about the latest in storage management and high availability / disaster recovery (HA/DR) technologies that Symantec is offering.  Of course, if you were on-site it is difficult to make it to all of the sessions, so we have videos available from several of the presentations that you may watch on-demand.  If you were not able to make it to Vegas, now is a great chance to see these sessions at your fingertips.  Here is a listing of the available videos:

Fahima | 10 May 2010 | 5 comments

Veritas Operations Manager centralizes visibility and control, ensures availability , scales operations, optimizes storage and maintains compliance across your server and storage assets.

Veritas Operations Manager (VOM) 3.0 release includes:

  • Central Management Server on Solaris, Linux & Windows
  • Managed Hosts for Solaris SPARC, Solaris x86, Redhat Linux, Linux on pSeries, HP 11.11, HP 11.23, HP 11.31, Windows, AIX which support all SFHA versions from 4.0+ (Including supporting HP 3.5 read-only)
  • Storage Templates & Volume Migration Add-on
  • Unix Active Management Add-on
  • Windows Active Management Add-on

Key Features:

  • Brand New Dashboard, focusing on Risks and health of your environment
  • Storage Provisioning using Templates
  • Advanced Volume Migration
  • VCS Operations
  • More detailed VCS visualization
  • ...
jmartin | 23 Apr 2010 | 0 comments

Symantec’s Veritas Operations Services (VOS) 2.1 went live on April 2nd, 2010. This release offers many advancements, including:
 
First, we now support NetBackup for the Installation and Upgrade General Checklist: a single report containing all information and links needed for a simple, fast, and low risk installation or upgrade of NBU products. To date, VOS has reduced installation support issues and we anticipate similar benefits for NBU.
 
Second, we created new features:
-         VCS agent information, documentation, notifications, and downloads
-         Organized and searchable product documentation
-         Navigation to view and sort all patches associated with a SF specific product release
-         Risk Assessment statistics

Finally...

bgoodyear | 20 Apr 2010 | 0 comments

Linux continues to become a mainstream solution, often at the expense of Unix. Many of the implementations of Linux have come in organizations that are classic Unix shops. The success of Linux in these organizations has come from both replacing some or all of the existing Unix servers, and equally importantly, capturing growth opportunities for installed systems.  Migrations of applications that were once running on a Unix platform are happening more frequently as organizations look to reduce costs.

While a move to Linux helps reduce server and software costs, other challenges are introduced into this environment. Linux’s native operating system tools are not ready to handle many mission critical tasks.  In order to perform many complex storage management and high availability tasks, applications must be taken down.  Migrations to Linux from Unix are difficult as well and may require long periods of down time.

Symantec offers a wide range of...