Symantec Touts New Server, Storage Foundations as IT StandardsBy David Morgenstern | Posted 2006-05-09 Email Print
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At its Vision conference, Symantec rolls out a Data Center Foundation to replace the various IT infrastructure management wares that come with servers and storage.SAN FRANCISCOSymantec executives and customers extolled the virtue of "standards" on May 9 at the Symantec Vision conference here, as the company introduced its bid to provide that standard, a soup-to-nuts integrated process solution for the data center.
Dubbed the Data Center Foundation, the package includes four families of products: Veritas NetBackup, Veritas Storage Foundation, Veritas Server Foundation and Veritas i3 application performance management tools.
These products span backup and remote replication of data; storage management; server provisioning and management functions; and application performance tuning and analysis.
Some of the pieces introduced May 9 were updates of existing products. Version 5.0 of Veritas Storage Foundation, which provides new capabilities for data replication, managing storage resources and optimizing performance, is due in the third quarter of 2006.
Version 5.0 will provide a management server for storage across an enterprise, and a centralized console with which to handle instances of Storage Foundation Versions 4 and 5.
A feature of Storage Foundation 5.0 will be Dynamic Multipathing, a storage discovery and management tool that lets users perform a variety of tasks including load balancing of HBAs (host bus adapters) and applying firmware upgrades.
Version 5.0 also provides a new dynamic tiering capability that can automatically move files between storage resources based on date, owner, size or name. The policies are centrally managed and transparently support heterogeneous servers and storage infrastructure, the company said.
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