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February 6, 2012

Symantec’s new storage management tools for Microsoft platforms

Organisations can tie together existing assets across OS, virtualisation platforms and with all major storage arrays

By CBR Staff Writer

Symantec has introduced new versions of storage management, high-availability offerings for Microsoft environments to enhance availability and storage utilisation in Windows Server physical, virtual, and private cloud environments.

Symantec’s storage management, high-availability offerings include: Veritas Storage Foundation High Availability 6.0 for Windows; Veritas Cluster Server 6.0 for Windows; Veritas Storage Foundation 6.0 for Windows and Veritas Operations Manager.

With the introduction of these offerings, organisations can tie together existing assets across OS and virtualisation platforms and with all major storage arrays to enhance resiliency, scalability, and flexibility in their infrastructures.

Veritas Storage Foundation High Availability 6.0 for Windows is designed to detect the failure with asynchronous monitoring and notification and allows organisations to failover Windows Server applications.

Storage Foundation HA 6.0 optimises the failover time by eliminating steps related to making storage accessible on the failover target server, and the failover time can be improved up to 30 times faster than previous results.

Veritas Cluster Server 6.0 for Windows provides an easy-to-configure framework for HA of custom applications, continuous high availability of entire multi-tier business applications by encapsulating them as a single logical entity, said the company.

It is expected to add disaster recovery capability for Windows Server Hyper-V virtual machines which will automate the end-to-end disaster recovery process in Windows Server Hyper-V environments.

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Veritas Storage Foundation 6.0 for Windows is designed to provide comprehensive storage management, ensuring resilient and efficient use of storage infrastructure in Windows Server physical and Windows Server Hyper-V environments.

With Veritas Operations Manager, customers can visualise, analyse, and control business service availability and heterogeneous storage environments across data centers.

Microsoft Corporation Private Cloud and Virtualization Group product manager Ian Carlson said customers rely on Windows Server Hyper-V for crucial production workloads.

"Just as in physical environments, recovering from local and site-wide disasters is critical.Veritas Storage Foundation HA 6.0 for Windows coordinates with Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster to extend availability of Windows Server Hyper-V virtual machines with capabilities such as online storage migration and automated disaster recovery," said Carlson.

Symantec Product Management, Storage and Availability Management Group vice-president Don Angspatt said customers consolidate and scale up their mission critical Microsoft SQL Server databases or data warehouses, meeting their service level uptime commitments becomes extremely challenging.

"The fast failover and instantaneous fault detection capabilities provided in Veritas Storage Foundation HA 6.0 for Windows help maximise Microsoft SQL Server availability," said Angspatt.

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