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Arun Balakrishnan | 25 Jul 2013 | 0 comments


DCIG (Data Center Infrastructure Group Inc.) released their High Availability and Clustering Software Buyer's Guide that weights, scores and ranks over 60 features on 13 different software solutions from 10 different software providers. Veritas Cluster Server (VCS) achieved the "Best-in-Class" ranking and earned the top spot in this inaugural DCIG High Availability and Clustering Software Buyer's Guide.

Veritas Cluster Server earned the only “Best-in-Class” ranking, and for good reason. We ranked “Best-in-Class” and/or “Excellent” in all the categories that DCIG used for evaluation. Categories included operating environment and management capabilities....

c3lsius | 19 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

We live in a time when disruption to critical IT systems can have devastating effects on the day-to-day operation of business. Whether these service interruptions come in the form of security threats, configuration errors, power outages, natural disasters, or technology upgrades, Business Continuity needs to go beyond simply protecting data or meeting Service Level Agreements (SLAs). Continuity must be maintained while embracing virtualization, cloud and other new technologies.

Tune in to the next installment of our Google+ Hangout Virtual Vision series for a more in-depth discussion from our Symantec experts, Paul Belk and Arun Balakrishnan, to learn about best practices and technologies for protecting your data wherever it resides and keeping applications highly available. You can also join in the conversation by using the hashtag #SYMChangout.

Mark your calendars:

Title:  Google+ Hangout On Air: The New Era of...

Theresa LaVeck | 16 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

Welcome to the Disaster Recovery Advisor Forum!

Whatever your business, you have to stay up and running—and prepared for any outage. Disaster Recovery Advisor helps you be proactive, testing your disaster recovery plan for gaps and helping you remedy them. As more Symantec customers start using Disaster Recovery Advisor, you've requested a place where customers and Symantec experts can share best practices, ask questions, and get answers. The new Disaster Recovery Advisor Forum on Connect is the place to find and share the information you need. If you're new to the product, be sure to check out the FAQs. You can also check out additional resources and keep an eye out for new blogs, articles, and discussions. 

Visit the Disaster Recovery Advisor forum!

c3lsius | 11 Jul 2013 | 1 comment


The explosion of unstructured dark data shows no sign of slowing. Gartner estimates that by 2018, 25% of organizations will manage all their unstructured data using information governance and storage management policies, up from less than 1% today, to improve business value, reduce risk and lower management cost*. Symantec Data Insight helps organizations improve unstructured data governance through actionable intelligence into data ownership, usage and access.  Data Insight’s reporting, analytics and visualization capabilities give organizations an understanding of what data exists, how the data is used, who owns the data and who has access to the data. These drive efforts in efficiency and cost reduction across the data lifecycle as well as help drive improved protection of sensitive data and achieve compliance.

Data Management and Storage Optimization:

  • Clean-up orphan data. Discover inactive or...
Theresa LaVeck | 28 Jun 2013 | 0 comments


As organizations move to virtualization and the cloud, we have to adapt to increasing mixed environments: Hyper-V, Vmware, physical applications, customer applications, multiple storage vendors, cloud platforms, and more. Nearly every vendor offers a native solution that handles some aspects of disaster recovery; many are free. But nearly every data center ias a mix of technologies; and that means rolling out and managing different solutions throughout the data center. 

Our storage, high availability and disaster recovery solutions have always offered the advantage of supporting the scope of technologies and vendors in a data center--through a single console. Disaster Recovery Orchestrator, currently in beta, offers disaster recovery as a service for customers using Microsoft Azure.

For customers using Hyper-V and Azure there are some key terms and technologies to consider:

  • Recovering a VM with Microsoft's Hyper-V Recovery Manager:...
jmartin | 21 Jun 2013 | 3 comments

With continued focus on improving the total customer experience, we’ve added the following features and enhancements to  Symantec Operations Readiness Tool (SORT) with the 3.9 release:

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...

Eric.Hennessey | 23 Apr 2013 | 0 comments


A colleague tipped me to this blog post at the Netflix Tech Blog that I found both amusing and interesting. Some months back, I was talking about disaster recovery testing with a customer, and he used the phrase "chaos monkey" to describe all the things that can go wrong in the data center in the course of testing a DR plan. Little did I know that there was actually a chunk of code named Chaos Monkey written to make things go wrong on purpose.
The folks at Netflix developed Chaos Monkey to randomly disable instances of their production (yikes!) application to test the service's resilience against such failures. The engineers at Netflix will occasionally turn Chaos Monkey loose in their environment to make its mischief while the engineers monitor service availability.
Since the development of...
Theresa LaVeck | 28 Mar 2013 | 2 comments


Vision Las Vegas is just around the corner, April 15-18. This year the Information Availability, Intelligence and Data Protection track focuses on business continuity, storage and solid state drives, and meeting service level agreements.

SLAs must be met whether you’re keeping mission-critical data centers running or serving up frosty beverages. Disasters, configuration errors, poor performance, thirsty customers…it’s an ever-changing race to keep your operation available, fast, and resilient. We’re ready to show you how to meet the challenge of delivering on service level agreements. Check out these great Vision session and activities:

Crash - Data Center Down | 18 Mar 2013 | 0 comments


Greetings, earthlings. I’ve been enjoying some much-needed R&R off the grid for the first time since beginning our U.S. tour last October.

A thrilling trip to Las Vegas in December left my circuits fried, but our most recent jaunt to the 3rd Annual Red Hat Partner Conference North America was enough to put me into a post-failover coma. While in San Diego Jan. 14 through 16, our team marveled conference attendees with the fruits of our Silver Sponsor collaboration with Red Hat.

Meet the super friends

Director of Product Management Tom Harwood delivered a keynote session on the first day, explaining how employing the Red Hat Enterprise Linux data center basically enables you to create your own virtual Justice League.

Stick with me on this one: Let’s say that your business is Batman, Symantec is Flash, Oracle is Green Lantern, Veritas Cluster...