Symantec: Protecting and Optimizing Virtualized Environments?
Symantec is getting on the virtualization train, with two new software offerings. ApplicationHA and VirtualStore are designed to protect systems from downtime and help optimize storage. The efforts are designed to work in VMware environments. Here are the details…
Both ApplicationHA (High Availability) and Symantec VirtualStore are designed to keep business critical applications virtualized while also dropping storage costs (again, inside the VMWare platform).
Here’s what Symantec ApplicationHA includes:
- Monitors applications’ health status and detects failures in the virtual machine
- Restarts failed applications
- Coordinates with VMware HA to restart the virtual machine, if needed
- Administrators can fully manage all operations of Symantec ApplicationHA through VMware vCenter Server
ApplicationHA also supports apps like Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange, Internet Information Server (IIS), Oracle and SAP and is compatible with VMware vMotion and VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS).
Meanwhile, VirtualStore fully integrates with the VMware vCenter Server. Features include:
- Help customers reduce storage costs associated with virtual machine sprawl and improve the performance of virtual infrastructures
- Enable administrators to dramatically reduce the cost per virtual machine by re-purposing existing storage investments or using inexpensive or commodity storage
- Help IT organizations reduce their storage footprint by storing only the differences between the parent virtual machine image and each clone
- Significantly drive down total cost of ownership by taking advantage of the benefits of thin provisioning
Symantec also notes that VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) environments can be managed better with “FileSnap,” a feature that lets admins clone VMs in minutes using VMware vCenter and the aforementioned VirtualStore.