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Symantec Touts New Server, Storage Foundations as IT Standards

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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 FRANCISCO—Symantec 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.

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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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This article was originally published on 2006-05-09
David Morgenstern is Executive Editor/Special Projects of eWEEK. Previously, he served as the news editor of Ziff Davis Internet and editor for Ziff Davis' Storage Supersite.

In 'the days,' he was an award-winning editor with the heralded MacWEEK newsweekly as well as eMediaweekly, a trade publication for managers of professional digital content creation.

David has also worked on the vendor side of the industry, including companies offering professional displays and color-calibration technology, and Internet video.

He can be reached here.

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