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Mike Reynolds PMM | 05 Oct 2012 | 0 comments


Virtualization is the current buzz word, and IT organizations are adopting virtualization technologies and platforms at an ever-increasing rate. But virtualization has many risks that need to be addressed. These include how organizations monitor and protect applications, data and business services in the event of a failure.

To address this, Symantec today is announcing the latest version of Veritas Cluster Server. This new version of Veritas Cluster Server introduces capabilities for high availability and disaster recovery that IT organizations require for their virtual environment. The new solution will provide automatic application failover between virtual machines ensuring fast recovery in response to a wide range of failures including logical failures (for example operating system corruption) that render a virtual machine unusable.

Not only do we monitor applications running...

DLamorena | 28 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

What happens if your data center goes down? Businesses need 24/7 availability of their data and applications to keep their operations running smoothly and their customers happy.  And if they do go down, they need to recover – fast.

In this video, we 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.

What happened when this data center went down? First, it made a really...

Fahima | 23 Sep 2012 | 0 comments


We recently announced our partnership with Violin Memory. Violin's flash Memory Arrays will host Veritas Cluster File System to provide storage management optimization. To optimize storage capacity, Cluster File System provides deduplication and enables thin provisioning in the flash Memory Arrays. To better protect data stored on its flash Memory Arrays, Cluster File System technology will provide clones and snapshots. 
At VMworld, Ashish Yajnik from Symantec, and Narayan Venkat from Violin, chatted about the value the partnership will bring our customers. Watch it here!


Mike Reynolds PMM | 20 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

Interested is learning about data center challenges that your peers are experiencing?  Check out the Symantec 2012 State of the Data Center Report on now!


The 2012 State of the Data Center report is based on input from 2,453 IT professionals at organizations in 32 countries. The survey highlights the underlying drivers of data center complexity, current impacts on the business, and the latest initiatives IT is adopting to mitigate the issues. Seventy-nine percent of survey respondents reported increasing complexity in the data center. While complexity stems from a variety of factors, respondents identify implementing an information governance strategy as the main...

Eric.Hennessey | 31 Aug 2012 | 0 comments


I had the pleasure of attending VMworld 2012 this week and had every intention of blogging daily from the venue. Suffice it to say that between working in the booth a few hours each day and meetings on the side with Symantec customers and partners, that just didn't happen. On the other hand, I did manage to spot Brent Spiner (Data from the Star Trek: The Next Generation series) at the event.
As I said, I spent several hours each day in the Symantec booth talking with customers (current and future!) about our new release of Veritas Cluster Server due out this Fall. This release is pretty exciting in that it has enhancements allowing users to install VCS on Windows and Linux VMware guests, providing application failover between virtual machines. This gives customers another level of protection beyond what our ApplicationHA product delivers so our customers can now select the appropriate level of availability based on service...
Mike Reynolds PMM | 15 Aug 2012 | 3 comments


Virtualization is everywhere, but IT organizations are still looking for ways to cut costs.  One way to do that, is to…  virtualize even more applications!  However, the easy stuff has been done.  File and print servers, cafeteria menus and the company picnic blog have been virtualized.  The next step is to move up the chain and virtualize business and mission critical applications.  But the risks of virtualization are still there.  How do I monitor and protect my application and business services in the event of a failure, or even a site wide disaster?  What happens to the performance or availability of my data when a path connecting a virtual machine to the storage fails?  These are the roadblocks that are preventing IT organizations from virtualizing more of their business critical services and applications.  The good news is Symantec can help!  

Symantec is announcing a new version of...

c3lsius | 03 Aug 2012 | 0 comments


Symantec today announced the release of Veritas Operations Manager 5.0 and Veritas Operations Manager Advanced 5.0- both of which take the next step in minimizing risk, managing complexity and maximizing storage utilization in your data center.

If you have used any of these products, we'd like to hear from you. Blog about your experience and get a chance to win a $2000 gift card. Learn more here.


Veritas Operations Manager is a storage and availability resource management platform for Veritas Storage Foundation and Veritas Cluster Server that automates manual tasks and monitors the health of IT resources. With Veritas Operations Manager, you gain increased visibility and control when managing critical business services across virtual, physical and cloud environments.

You can discover, analyze, and forecast...

c3lsius | 01 Aug 2012 | 1 comment

Symantec tackles the problem of open file shares, data that everyone in the company has access to, with the release of Symantec Data Insight 3.0.1 this month. The new Data Insight release features several enhancements in the areas of reporting/dashboard and usability and supportability that several customers have been anticipating.

What is Data Insight?

Symantec Data Insight helps organizations improve data governance by managing unstructured data and understanding:

  • Who owns the data
  • How is the data being used
  • How to best protect the data and maintain compliance

These insights into the data enable customers to manage data growth to reduce costs, protect the data, and manage compliance. Data Insight was also jointly developed by NetApp and Symantec, to discover and collect data activity and permissions in unstructured data.

Key highlights for Data Insight 3.0.1:

  • ...
CMilani | 30 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

Introducing Veritas Operations Manager 5.0 and Veritas Operations Manager Advanced 5.0

Over the past year, many technology conferences discussed about explosive data growth. If you attended some, you’ve probably seen the quote that “the growth of data is 40% to 60% over the next two years1” multiple times up on the big screen. True enough, this problem warrants a storage solution that can keep up with data growth while minimizing the risk of unexpected errors or downtime and managing diversity in the data center.

Every IT vendor is trying to tackle this problem and the other challenges that come into play in storage and availability management:

  • Increased expectations to be up and running 24x7
  • Complexity and diversity with array vendors, applications and platforms
  • Low storage utilization rate
  • Introduction of new technologies

Let’s take the example of new technologies, such as...

jmartin | 26 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

On July 26, 2012, Symantec completed another release of Symantec Operations Readiness Tool (SORT). With SORT’s focus of improving the total customer experience for NetBackup and Storage Foundation customers, we’ve added the following features and improvements to the website:

Storage Foundation High Availability Solutions:

  • Enhanced patch lookup functionality (
  • Users can now enter a patch name in addition to a patch ID
  • New patch lookup widget on MySORT (
  • Inclusion of problem remediation commands in Risk Assessment reports
  • Ability to run Risk Assessment reports against vxexplorer data using a new SORT data collector option (VxReplay)
  • Display Oracle Linux in Product/Platform matrix (https...