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Eric.Hennessey | 14 Feb 2012 | 0 comments
I was fortunate enough during my many years in the military to have been assigned to fixed-base communications units, meaning it was only on rare occasions that I had to choke down those infamous MRE (meal, ready to eat) rations that the US military hands out to personnel deployed in the field. For those unfamiliar with them, an MRE is a big packet containing a full meal for one, typically with items like corned beef hash, freeze-dried fruit, crackers & jelly, and maybe an oatmeal cookie.
 
When MREs are handed out at meal time, everyone takes a look at what their particular packet contains and the inevitable trading begins: "Anyone wanna trade with me for my corned beef hash?" or "Hey! Did anybody get chicken ala king? I'll give you my tuna with noodles!" In the end, though, everyone just put Tabasco sauce on everything to make it edible, so it didn't matter what they got in the first place.
 
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Raissa_T | 16 Jan 2012 | 0 comments

Many organizations believe that they have a solid and ready to execute business continuity plan in case of a disaster.  However, according to a 2010 Forrester survey*, “many organizations have lulled themselves into a false sense of security” when it comes to how they value their preparedness.  The survey also revealed that proper plans of planning, testing, and maintenance are not actively tested as often as they should be.  This lack of preparedness is a costly strategy in terms of revenue, employee productivity, reputation, among  other factors.  Specifically, the survey found that an average recovery took 18.5 hours with 4.8 hours of data loss.  In addition, according to a StorageCraft blog, in 2011, disasters cost $52B versus $10B in 2010.  These numbers clearly indicate that organizations must evaluate their...

jmartin | 21 Dec 2011 | 0 comments

We're happy to announce the release of Symantec Operations Readiness Tools (SORT). This release fully supports the Storage Foundation 6.0 and Veritas Operations Manager 4.1 releases, and also includes many user-requested features for Storage Foundation and NetBackup products, including:

Ranga Rajagopalan | 12 Dec 2011 | 0 comments

Symantec is pleased to announce the General Availability of Virtual Business Services for Unix, Linux and Windows. Virtual Business Services (VBS) provides continuous high availability and reduces frequency and duration of service disruptions for multi-tier business applications running on heterogeneous OS platforms and virtualization technologies

Product Download:

VOM Virtual Business Services Availability add-on and package

Product Documentation:

Virtual Business Services – Availability User’s Guide

S_D | 07 Dec 2011 | 0 comments

A Big Thank You to our supportive community for helping Veritas Storage Foundation High Availability for Windows 6.0 win at the 2011 Windows IT Pro Editor's Best and Community Choice Awards in the High Availability/Disaster Recovery category!

Community Choice:

High Availability/Disaster Recovery; Gold:

Symantec Storage Foundation High Availability

 

Editors’ Best:

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S_D | 07 Dec 2011 | 2 comments

On Dec 5th, Symantec released its newest version of Veritas Storage Foundation High Availability for Windows that includes advanced online storage management, high availability and disaster recovery for physical and virtual Microsoft Windows Server 2008 environments.The 6.0 release is part of the major refresh of Symantec’s storage and availability management portfolio.

New Features in Storage Foundation High Availability for Windows 6.0 include:

- Fast failover of clustered shared storage
- Instantaneous fault detection of cluster resources with Intelligent Monitoring Framework environment
- Disaster Recovery Manager for Hyper-V provides wide area disaster recovery for Hyper-V virtual machines
- Online Hyper-V Virtual Machine Storage Migration
- Site-aware allocation for campus clusters
- Online volume shrink
- Embedded security services for secure cluster configuration

Key Benefits of...

c3lsius | 05 Dec 2011 | 0 comments

Symantec today released its newest version of centralized storage management software, Veritas Operations Manager 4.1, and the premium version, Veritas Operations Manager Advanced 4.0 RU1. These releases are part of the major refresh of Symantec’s storage and availability management portfolio.

Check out what’s new in these releases:

Veritas Operations Manager 4.1

  • Manage Virtual Business Services (VBS)
    • Group service groups across clusters to create VBS
    • Ordered start and stop of VBS and underlying virtual machines
    •  Wizard driven fault management setup
  • Manage ApplicationHA
    • Configure ApplicationHA across platforms
    • Monitor status and start/stop applications inside virtual machines
    • Deep visibility into application components and their dependencies through a dependency graph
  • Patch availability notification
    • Automatic updates...
Mike Reynolds PMM | 03 Dec 2011 | 0 comments

If you are interested in learning about the latest Storage Foundation and High Availability 6.0 solutions from the comfort of your own desk, Symantec is hosting a virtual event on December 8th beginning at 8:00am PST.  At the event, we will discuss how Symantec is helping customers transform their existing infrastructure into a resilient private cloud, as well as providing a deeper dive on new functionality included in Storage Foundation, Veritas Cluster Server, Veritas Operations Manager, ApplicationHA and other solutions. 

At the event you will learn how Symantec is helping IT organizations: 

  • Enable high availability and disaster recovery capabilities for entire business services
  • Provide elastic storage services based on business patterns
  • Manage the entire environment from a single console

Getting the private cloud you want from the infrastructure you've got is a different approach that you...

Sanjays | 11 Nov 2011 | 0 comments

Data center leaders are constantly being bombarded with marketing blitz on how they can reach the clouds by buying new infrastructure, but the reality is closer to ground. At Symantec we believe that the private cloud is more of a transformation of your existing data center rather than a rip and replace.

Read confident insights article on how to get to private cloud:

http://www.symantec.com/business/resources/articles/article.jsp?aid=20110111_resilient_private_cloud

Sanjays | 11 Nov 2011 | 0 comments

The Thailand capital Bangkok has seen the worst floods in its history. This event while unfortunate also highlights some of the problems data centers are facing and potentially making them worse. It is also a wakeup call to data center managers to rethink their storage strategies and leverage software tools such as Storage Foundation to optimize storage.

One of the constants in the data center is storage growth and the resulting spending on storage. While hard drive prices have been falling over the years, the sheer growth of storage has meant that storage costs have been ballooning out of control. The rate of growth of storage has far exceeded the rate of drop of storage prices leading to the overall growth of storage costs. 

But, all of this is about to change for the worse. The Thai floods have affected potentially 40% of the world hard disk supply creating shortages and resuling in price increases. This means that in all probability hard drive costs are going...