SAN FRANCISCO -- Symantec Vision 2006 -- May 9, 2006 -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today introduced Veritas Server Foundation, a product family consisting of Veritas Configuration Manager and Veritas Provisioning Manager complemented by new features in Veritas Cluster Server. Veritas Server Foundation gives enterprise customers the ability to discover in detail what is running on all the servers in their data center, actively manage and administer those servers, and ensure that mission critical applications running on those servers are always available.
“In order for IT administrators to gain control of the data center, they need visibility into what they have, an understanding of how it interrelates, and assurance that it is highly available. Adding configuration management to clustering is a logical move to improve cluster reliability and manageability as well as enable dynamic resource dependency grouping,” said Donna Scott, VP and Distinguished Analyst of Gartner, Inc. “Additionally, adding server provisioning to the suite provides the foundation to enable dynamic scaling in order to meet ever changing business demand, and thus, improve cost and resource utilization.”
“Configuration management is the holy grail for us in IT Service Management,” said Gareth Johnston, associate director, operational services, Serono Group, a leading global biotechnology company. “Symantec’s Veritas Configuration Manager provides us with clear visibility into our complete server and application infrastructure, helping us get control of our data center. By increasing the efficiency of our IT Support and Delivery operations, Configuration Manager helps us reduce cost and complexity, while enabling us to deliver improved IT services to our business.”
Veritas Server Foundation Delivers Visibility
Server Foundation includes Veritas Configuration Manager (formerly Relicore Clarity), recently acquired by Symantec, which helps administrators comprehensively understand what is running in the data center, and track how it’s changing. Veritas Configuration Manager discovers all the servers and applications in the data center, as well as their configurations and the dependencies between them. It then tracks any changes to these configurations and dependencies in real-time, and can compare current configurations to established standards to ensure internal and external compliance.
“It’s simply impossible to effectively run a data center unless you understand what is actually in it,” said Kris Hagerman, senior vice president of Symantec’s Data Center Management Group. “With the new Veritas Server Foundation, we are giving customers the unique capability to understand exactly what is in their server and application environment in real time – and the power to manage and optimize that environment, and to ensure their mission critical applications are always available, no matter what.”
Veritas Server Foundation Delivers Control
With Veritas Provisioning Manager (formerly OpForce), Veritas Server Foundation lowers labor costs and reduces error rates by automating many common, routine tasks such as provisioning servers and applications, deploying patches, and rolling out new software packages – all through a centralized console.
Veritas Provisioning Manager speeds operating system and application deployment, providing IT with a cost-effective solution to ensure consistent deployments, while streamlining management. Veritas Provisioning Manager enables IT to automatically discover new bare metal or active servers, install operating systems, deploy and configure applications, and modify network settings. Administrators can quickly deploy servers, applications and patches in compliance with IT standards as well as define and schedule automated jobs and manage servers from a central location. Additionally, administrators can quickly and easily address configuration issues identified by Veritas Configuration Manager.
Veritas Server Foundation Delivers Availability
Veritas Server Foundation includes new features in Veritas Cluster Server designed to reduce both planned and unplanned downtime, whether due to hardware failures, data center wide disasters, or server maintenance, by automating local and wide area application failover.
The new Veritas Cluster Server 5.0 enables customers to monitor, manage, and report on multiple local and remote clusters from a single web-based console. In addition, Cluster Server 5.0 incorporates a feature called Fire Drill that allows organizations to easily perform non-disruptive testing of disaster recovery (DR) failovers to ensure reliability. Until now, DR testing required risky and time-intensive tests on production systems. As a result, most IT organizations have not tested their DR environment adequately, which leads to significant exposure that in the event of a disaster, those systems will not perform as intended. The Fire Drill feature automates the process of DR testing and allows administrators to verify that their DR plans will work, without affecting production systems.
In addition to Veritas Cluster Server, Veritas Configuration Manager can also contribute to reducing downtime by preventing configuration drift that would otherwise prevent a failover from being successful. Configuration Manager also reduces planned downtime by creating dependency maps that help organizations understand the impact of changes before they are made.
Services for Veritas Server Foundation
Symantec Global Services provides a broad portfolio of consulting services that allow customers to take full advantage of the Veritas Server Foundation product family, to enhance server and application management, improve application availability, and address server and application-related IT risks. Symantec's high availability experts offer comprehensive availability assessments, design, implementation, and expert on-site services to help customers ensure that mission-critical applications are running and server configurations are up-to-date and consistent with established standards. More information on Symantec service offerings can be found at www.symantec.com/consulting.
Veritas Provisioning Manager 4.1 and Veritas Configuration Manager 5.0 are generally available now. Veritas Cluster Server 5.0 is scheduled to be generally available in calendar Q3, 2006. Products are available through Symantec’s direct sales force, enterprise VAR channel, system integrators and select OEM partners.
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