Symantec Corp. today launched version 6.0 of its high availability software and storage management applications, including new Virtual Business Services (VBS) for recovery of applications across multiple business units, operating systems and storage platforms.
Symantec also added built-in data deduplication and compression at the file-system level, as well as the ability to shrink or expand thin provisioned storage from Veritas Storage Foundation and Veritas Cluster File System.
VBS is the centerpiece of the HA applications for disaster recovery. VBS is designed to give administrators and business groups a coordinated method for automated high availability and recovery of multiple, interdependent applications, plus all the supporting physical and virtual technologies.
“We want to give visibility and the ability to automatically recovery entire business servers,” said Dan Lamorena, director of product marketing for Symantec’s storage and availability management group. “In this launch, we expanded a lot of capabilities. There is a lot of automation and scheduling and the ability to see across business units and see the interdependencies from the applications to the spindle.”
As an example, an application that goes down could require coordinated efforts of the Web service, application and database groups to restore. Through a centralized view from Veritas Operations Manager, VBS allows those groups to automatically and simultaneously bring the application back into service.
David Chapa, senior analyst for Enterprise Strategy Group, said VBS requires a great deal of coordination between applications and servers throughout an organization. The coordination is handled through Symantec’s VOM, the central management console for all of the storage management and HA products.
“You have to make sure all the connective tissues are reattached when an application goes down,” said Chapa. “Everything rolls into VOM. VBS is the construct that touches all these products. They are simplifying management for availability of applications by focusing on the business problem. Those interdependent servers collectively define a business service.”
VBS is backward compatible with Veritas Cluster Server 5.1 and all versions of ApplicationHA.
What else is new in HA
The company claimed Veritas Storage Foundation HA for Windows can now fail over business-critical Windows applications in one minute. It also has automated application recovery for Hyper-V machines across wide area distances and clusters.
The company also said Veritas VirtualStore now clones virtual machines with FileSnap and deduplication, and offers file-level replication of VMWare’s Virtual Machine Disk Format (VMDK) files across sites and clustered iSCSI support for scalable performance for block storage over IP.
Veritas Replicator now has volume and file-based replication across multi-vendor storage. Previously, the product only handled volume-based replication. Symantec ApplicationHA now supports Linux and Unix as well as VMware vSphere 5.0.
Storage Foundation adds primary dedupe, compression
Symantec added post-process deduplication and compression to Storage Foundation and Veritas Cluster File System. The data reduction takes place at the file level in virtual and physical environments. Chapa said a pre-set window is used in which a pointer is set on original data and then all redundant data is targeted thereafter.
“They are targeting virtual machine storage with this because there is a vast amount of redundancies in VMs,” Chapa said. “This is where they are seeing the most traction with this.”
Plus, VOM now can provide management visibility for network attached storage (NAS) environments. Previously, the product focused only on storage area networks (SANs).