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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Symantec adds service-level templates to Storage Foundation

Symantec Corp. today announced Veritas Operations Manager 3.1 and Veritas Storage Foundation High Availability 5.1, the company’s next generation family of storage management software.  Symantec said it has added “storage templates” or service levels that allow administrators to automate the type of storage—based on performance and protection level—allocated to applications.  Symantec has defined three templates of storage: Gold, Silver and Bronze, each of which is used to determine the type of disk, RAID level and whether storage is allocated through thin provisioning or through more typical common over-allocation methods.  For example, if an administrator sets a policy that all e-mail that does not contain company sensitive financial information is to receive Bronze-level storage, it might be stored on serial ATA (SATA) drives on a network-attached storage (NAS) system with RAID 6 protection.

Niraj Zaveri, a Symantec senior product marketing manager, said system administrators typically have to provision storage to a host application server, then map those servers back to application requirements in a database, then create a storage volume or file system for it on an storage area network (SAN) or network-attached storage (NAS) system.  “The point is that you can now just define the set of storage services available to your applications,” he said.  “This automates the identification of storage devices matching the storage services ... The new functionality in Veritas Operations Manager bridges the gap between server, database and storage administrators to increase storage utilization, scale operations, maintain compliance and ensure uptime and availability across Unix, Linux, Windows and VMware environments.”

That tool is a set of built-in reports to automatically identify under-utilized storage resources, tracking utilization within database files and mapping that to disks and RAID groups in storage arrays.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9190458/Symantec_adds_service_level_templates_to_Storage_Foundation?source=CTWNLE_nlt_dailyam_2010-10-12

Posted on 10/12
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