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Mike Reynolds PMM | 14 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

As we've mentioned many times on these blog pages, organizations are virtualizing more of their applications for good reason.  Virtualization means lower costs for power and cooling, with greater agility.  However, there are risks in terms of virtualizing business critical applications as it relates to high availability and disaster recovery.  While the VMware tools protect the VM and the physical infrastructure from failures, they are not aware of the applications running in the virtual environment.  This is the "application blind spot" that IT organizations need to consider as they move business critical applications to virtual environments.  The Symantec high availability and disaster recovery solution, aka Veritas Cluster Server, monitors and recovers applications removing this blind spot.  To learn more about...

Deborah_lin | 14 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Today, we are taking our relationship with Microsoft to the next level. Symantec is announcing the new Windows Server 2012 platform support release for Veritas Storage Foundation High Availability for Windows.

With the new Windows Server 2012 platform support release, Storage Foundation HA for Windows provides online storage management, full VM level automated Disaster Recovery, and Microsoft Virtual Fiber Channel support for Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012. This allows administrators to attach an array LUN directly into the Hyper-V VM and get a shared storage model within Hyper-V VM that is very similar to how they would share storage in a physical environment. Administrators can enable traditional clustering and high availability configuration and deployment in the Hyper-V guest.

Why wait? Check out what’s new in store here: http://www....

Crash - Data Center Down | 14 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

As you may recall, I was pretty salty about being denied access to Symantec’s Worldwide Technical Symposium and Partner Tech Engage Conference last October.

Well, I might have overreacted a teeny bit.

I was cordially invited to attend the Gartner Data Center Conference during the week of Dec. 3, 2012. With my metal shards glimmering like a thousand nebulas, attendees simply couldn't resist stopping to see me as they moved between the conference and expo halls. I imagine this is what every day feels like for a Wheel of Fortune slot machine.

It was truly an event for the high rollers. As one of the world’s leading IT research and advisory companies, Gartner assembles the A-Team of analysts to present the latest and greatest in the technology space several times each year.

Our big buzz phrase? Business continuity. And who better to tell you about it than the data center who...

jmartin | 05 Feb 2013 | 2 comments

 SORT functionality is now available as a mobile application on the Apple App Store!

The SORT mobile app supports five key features from the SORT website:

  • SPVU Calculator (includes Server Tier mapping)
  • Error Code Lookup
  • Patch Lookup
  • Installation and Upgrade Checklist (Storage Foundation and NetBackup)
  • News and Alerts (Storage Foundation and NetBackup)

Go to http://sort.symantec.com/mobile to get more information and to download the app to your iPhone or iPad.

Be sure to mention the availability of this app to your coworkers!

Eric.Hennessey | 15 Jan 2013 | 6 comments

There was a time when, for many organizations, implementing a disaster recovery infrastructure meant deploying millions of dollars worth of server, storage and network hardware at an alternate data center. The belief was that to do DR right, you had to duplicate the production infrastructure and the result was a lot of expensive equipment sitting idle until a disaster - or a disaster recovery exercise - put the equipment to use.

Needless to say, those days are gone and they're not coming back. Such investments are simply no longer affordable or practical. And thanks to modern technology, they're also no longer necessary.

In this first attempt of mine at a video blog - or "vlog", if you will - I'll describe how Symantec's disaster recovery solutions can leverage virtualization technologies to achieve a cost-effective DR infrastructure.

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Crash - Data Center Down | 07 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

 

Are you sitting down? I hope so, because this top-secret Veritas Cluster Server 6.0 knowledge bomb I’m about to drop will knock your spectacles off.

Some engineers gathered in the hallway the other day shortly after my keeper abandoned me there, presumably to go plot the destruction of another of my kind. This worked out in my favor, though, because they were filling each other in on the big news from the Worldwide Technical Symposium and Partner Tech Engage Conference, held Oct. 22-25 in Las Vegas. Why don't they invite the data centers to Vegas anymore? Curse that server who tried to reconfigure a slot machine last year.

Anyway, information surrounding the next product release is under wraps like Luke Skywalker’s lineage. I guess that makes me Darth Vader, because I’m going to tell you anyway.

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Crash - Data Center Down | 19 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

In a departure from our regular technical content, we will be featuring a new guest blog series on Connect. Please help us in welcoming Crash - the star of the Data Center Down! video.

I went to Oracle Open World and all I did was lie on the floor for three days.

Hey now, don’t go pointing those blasters at me. You’d feel the same if just weeks ago you were forced into attempting to set your own Felix Baumgartner-style record by leaping from an 18-story building. I mustered all my strength to pass my wisdom to my second-in-command, the other data center waiting with the crew on the roof. Did you see the way opened his rack when tech specialist Fahima Zahir was around? Shameless flirt. He’s been like that since we were microchips.

Anyway, the San Francisco event made the ideal venue for my debut, although I was sorely disappointed that I didn’t have the...

Theresa LaVeck | 28 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

Formula 1 championship teams relentlessly pursue excellence and never quit. Keeping your critical business services available 24x7 requires the same relentlessness from your High Availability and Disaster Recovery solution.

With Symantec Storage and Availability Management as your pit crew, our Vision EMEA 2012 sessions will keep you in the driver’s seat and help steer you to victory.

  • Learn about industry trends from Symantec, Red Hat, HP and Intel at our Power Session
  • See the latest release of Storage Foundation High Availability and get a sneak peek at our Big Data solution
  • Attend Product Deep Dives and Hands-on Labs to learn how to keep applications highly available in virtual environment, manage explosive data growth, and protect and recover mission-critical applications
  • Run the fastest lap in the Lotus Formula 1 simulator and win great...
Arun Balakrishnan | 11 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

 

Does your business require ultra-low latency? Or are you an existing Storage Foundation customer? Well we have some very exciting news for you!

 

We are teaming up with Fusion-io wherein we have optimized Storage Foundation to run faster and better on flash using Linux TRIM primitives. Now in addition to reduction in overall storage costs and improved data management you can also experience ultra-low latency performance. Check out Fusion-io’s blog here.

Deepak Mohan | 10 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

Watch this behind to scenes to see how Symantec put our high availability and disaster recovery technology to the ultimate test. We loaded a server rack with a multi-tier application stack including an Oracle database on Solaris and the application layer on Red Hat Enterprise Linux as primary data center. A disaster recovery site was set up on a second rack, our failover data center. The applications were clustered using Veritas Cluster Server. Veritas Replicator was set up to do data replication between the sites. And then the fun started, as we took our two "data centers" 18 stories up on a building in the heart of Silicon Valley and we dropped the primary rack off the roof. See how it seamlessly failed over to a recovery site.

Hear from Red Hat and ESG Analysts as they discuss the critical nature of high availability and disaster recovery for data centers running Linux.

For more information on high availability and disaster recovery solutions, please...