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Symantec Data Protection and Veritas Virtual Infrastructure Announcements

  • 11 June, 2008 13:18

<p>Symantec Offers Complete, Integrated Virtualization Solution to Enable the Dynamic Data Centre</p>
<p>Veritas Virtual Infrastructure to deliver enterprise class server virtualization and advanced storage management</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia – June 11, 2008 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced Veritas Virtual Infrastructure, the first solution to offer advanced storage capabilities for virtual server environments that effectively manage storage in large scale, x86 production environments. Expected to be available in the fall of 2008, Veritas Virtual Infrastructure combines new, advanced storage management capabilities from Veritas Storage Foundation with the flexible, high-performance Citrix XenServer virtualization technology from Citrix Systems. Veritas Virtual Infrastructure will allow users to fully benefit from server virtualization while both preserving current best practices in storage management from the physical environment and leveraging new opportunities provided by virtualized environments.</p>
<p>Server virtualization is transforming IT operations by reducing costs through higher resource utilisation and reducing risk through increased operational flexibility. However, server virtualization makes storage management more complex and in many cases does not support capabilities available today in physical environments. Current x86 virtualization solutions have tried to solve this problem using a file system-based approach, but this architecture forces users to give up many of the advanced storage management capabilities they rely on today.</p>
<p>Veritas Virtual Infrastructure solves this challenge by preserving all of the key storage management benefits enterprise customers rely on in their physical environments, but are not available in current file-system based virtualization approaches, including:</p>
<p>· Direct control of block storage from a guest virtual server</p>
<p>· All block storage functionality including mirroring across heterogeneous arrays</p>
<p>· Proven, mature SAN multi-pathing to ensure data availability</p>
<p>Moreover, Veritas Virtual Infrastructure leverages the flexible, open architecture of Citrix XenServer to deliver new capabilities, including:</p>
<p>· Reduced storage costs by using common, shared boot images across multiple virtual servers</p>
<p>· Increased storage utilisation by simplifying the provisioning of additional storage, thereby reducing over-provisioning</p>
<p>· Increased control by empowering administrators with one tool to seamlessly manage both virtual servers and storage</p>
<p>Veritas Virtual Infrastructure uses a new distributed volume manager specifically designed to deliver advanced storage management capabilities for virtual servers. Unlike current approaches that prevent virtual servers from directly managing storage, Veritas Virtual Infrastructure uses a client/server architecture that establishes a unique, individual relationship between each virtual server and its underlying storage, just as if it were a physical server. Furthermore, because it leverages Storage Foundation, users can realise all of these benefits from their existing, heterogeneous SAN storage.</p>
<p>Enterprise customers are increasingly recognising the enhanced openness and scalability of the Citrix XenServer virtualization platform. Including XenServer as an integral component of Veritas Virtual Infrastructure gives IT organisations an enterprise-class solution that dramatically simplifies the interaction between server virtualization and storage management in an open and non-proprietary way. As a result, customers can accelerate their plans to deploy virtualization across heterogeneous enterprise environments with the confidence that they have a robust and highly flexible solution upon which to build a dynamic data centre.</p>
<p>Symantec Virtualization Strategy</p>
<p>Symantec is committed to enabling IT departments to fully capitalise on virtualization, regardless of what platforms, architectures or systems they choose to use. In addition to working closely with Citrix, Symantec is also working with leading providers of virtualization including HP, IBM, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, RedHat, Sun and VMware to ensure that users can leverage the Symantec solutions across these platforms. Recent examples of this include Veritas NetBackup’s Best of VMworld Gold Award for Data Protection and Veritas Cluster Server’s unique ability to provide application availability in VMware ESX3 environments. Symantec is committed to industry-leading data protection, systems management, storage management, high availability and security for virtualized environments.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>Veritas Virtual Infrastructure is expected to be generally available fall of 2008 with proposed pricing starting at $4,595 per 2 socket server.</p>
<p>· “With Veritas Virtual Infrastructure, Symantec is delivering trusted, proven enterprise-class storage management to x86 virtual server environments,” said Rob Soderbery, senior vice president of Symantec’s Storage and Availability Management Group. “The integration of Veritas Storage Foundation with Citrix XenServer is a significant step to enable IT organisations to manage storage in their x86 virtual server environment with all the same capabilities of a physical environment. Additionally, we plan to extend our leading storage management capabilities to other virtual environments including Microsoft Hyper-V and Sun xVM.”</p>
<p>· “Citrix XenServer 4.1 takes virtualization to the next level, with new capabilities that make it the only virtualization infrastructure that provides users with an open hypervisor that doesn’t require users to re-architect their existing infrastructure,” said Peter Levine senior vice president and general manager, Virtualization and Management division at Citrix. “Veritas Virtual Infrastructure marks the convergence of our industry-leading solution with Symantec’s world-class storage management solution to deliver a complete x86 virtualization solution for enterprise production environments.”</p>
<p>· “By standardising on Veritas Storage Foundation to manage the physical resources of our data centre including the storage volumes and file systems, we have saved significant costs and reduced complexity,” said Ignacio Vera, CIO, HSBC Mexico S.A. “As we look to server virtualization as a way to improve utilisation rates, we’re excited about Veritas Virtual Infrastructure to provide enterprise class server virtualization along with the same advanced storage management capabilities we rely on in the physical environment. Now we can leverage all the benefits of virtualization and manage the entire server and storage environment from a single point of control.”</p>
<p>· “Delivering on the promise of the dynamic data centre requires robust server and storage virtualization solutions,” said Bill Hilf, General Manager, Windows Server Marketing at Microsoft. “We continue to work closely with our partners, to develop storage solutions that complement the capabilities of Hyper-V. Symantec’s Veritas Virtual Infrastructure will help address customers’ needs for enterprise class virtualization solutions.”</p>
<p>· “Server virtualization is a transformative technology, but it has the potential to add to the operational complexity and risk by using unfamiliar technology and requiring disparate operational procedures and architectures,” said Gene Ruth, research analyst for Burton Group. “Leveraging the open source Xen-based hypervisor technology, and offering integrated solutions that meet the management and scalability demands of the heterogeneous enterprise production data centre smoothes and simplifies enterprise’s movement of virtual machines into production environments.”</p>
<p>· “As more enterprises begin to move virtualization into production environments, they will experience challenges beyond managing physical and virtual resources,” said Noemi Greyzdorf, IDC Research Manager. “In order to reap the benefits of server virtualization and drive down capital costs, enterprises need solutions like Veritas Virtual Infrastructure from Symantec to manage the overall architecture, storage resources, and operational processes to reduce complexity and increase efficiencies in managing physical and virtual environments.”</p>
<p>· “For years, IT organisations have come to rely on the Sun and Symantec relationship around delivering open, standards-based enterprise storage management solutions for Solaris environments,” said Steve Wilson, vice president, xVM, Sun Microsystems. “With the xVM family of virtualization and management products, Sun and Symantec will expand our efforts and bring the flagship Veritas Storage Foundation product suite to Sun's xVM virtualization platform that enables Solaris, Windows and Linux guest operating systems.”</p>
<p>About Symantec</p>
<p>Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help businesses and consumers secure and manage their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at</p>
<p>Symantec Redefines Next Generation Data Protection</p>
<p>Veritas NetBackup platform offers integrated deduplication and continuous data protection, and industry-leading granular recovery for Windows and VMware</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia – June 11, 2008 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced an evolution in the company’s next generation data protection strategy. Through a series of product updates to the Veritas NetBackup platform, Symantec raises the bar for complete data protection by integrating next generation technologies, such as data deduplication and continuous data protection, to provide improved manageability from a single solution. In addition, the NetBackup platform now offers granular recovery capabilities for Windows and VMware environments.</p>
<p>Organisations of all sizes are challenged with managing their disk backup storage growth and improving the speed and ease of recovery of application data, leading to increased complexity for IT administrators. To address these challenges, Symantec continues to enhance its data protection portfolio through technology synergies between NetBackup and Backup Exec in the areas of disk-based backup, virtual machine support, Windows protection, OpenStorage and recovery capabilities. Symantec customers across all market segments, from small and medium-sized businesses to large enterprises, will benefit from the greater cross-product integration as it allows for improved manageability and an enhanced user experience.</p>
<p>The updated NetBackup platform leverages the power of an open architecture to deliver data center-class global deduplication and block-level continuous data protection. This software-based approach provides an alternative to appliance-based and array-based solutions as it allows customers to leverage commodity server and storage hardware as one collective grid and to easily scale their data protection storage environment as they grow their business. Additionally, Symantec added the innovative Granular Recovery Technology it first introduced in Backup Exec to its NetBackup platform, allowing for quick recovery of an entire system or individual files, emails, documents and virtual machines from single-pass image backups of Microsoft Windows, Exchange, SharePoint and VMware servers. Symantec’s Granular Recovery Technology eliminates duplicate brick-level backups, saving time and storage space for IT administrators.</p>
<p>NetBackup RealTime Protection 6.5 Provides Increased Protection for Mission-Critical Applications</p>
<p>· Adds true continuous data protection to NetBackup’s advanced recovery capabilities by capturing all changes to application data in real time, eliminating data loss and backup windows</p>
<p>· Integrated with NetBackup to improve users’ experience through application-consistent recoveries and immediate access to disk-based images</p>
<p>· Provides a cost-effective alternative to array-based snapshots, delivering space-efficient, storage-independent recovery images</p>
<p>· NetBackup Storage Lifecycle Policies automate the movement of RealTime data to longer term storage media, reducing administrative overhead</p>
<p>NetBackup PureDisk 6.5 Integrated with NetBackup Improves Manageability and Offers Scalable Deduplication for the Data Center</p>
<p>· Only data protection solution to combine the best of all deduplication architectures (source-based, inline target-mode and post processing) into one shared storage pool to help customers maximise storage reductions</p>
<p>· Enables customers to store more backup data on disk and to recover data faster</p>
<p>· Scalability to handle hundreds of remote sites, data centers and multiple Petabytes of backup data</p>
<p>· Integrated replication provides comprehensive disaster recovery options and an alternative to shipping tapes between data centers</p>
<p>· Leverages any storage hardware and existing NetBackup environments for dramatic cost savings</p>
<p>NetBackup 6.5.2 and 6.5.3 Provide Increased Protection and Recovery for Enterprise Windows and VMware, and Enhanced Security</p>
<p>· Expanded support for Microsoft applications includes granular recovery of Microsoft Sharepoint 2007, Exchange 2007 and Windows Server 2008</p>
<p>· Granular Recovery Technology will provide object-level recoveries (file, email, mailbox, item, etc.) from a single image-level backup, eliminating the need for running dual backups in SharePoint, Exchange and VMware environments</p>
<p>· Unification of data protection technologies for Windows across NetBackup and Backup Exec</p>
<p>· Enhanced data protection support for VMware with the addition of VCB incremental backups and Snapshot Client support in a virtual machine</p>
<p>· Higher availability and policy-driven encryption key management for NetBackup tape environments</p>
<p>Symantec Global Services Helps Customers Maximise their Data Protection Investments</p>
<p>· Symantec Consulting Services for next generation data protection help organisations maximise their technology investments by accelerating deployments, integrating technologies into existing operations and operating environments with maximum efficiency and minimum risk</p>
<p>· Residency Services for NetBackup augment existing staff with onsite experts who fill key strategic IT roles for an extended period of time. These seasoned experts range from senior product managers to IT system administrators</p>
<p>· Symantec Education Services offers classroom, live online, and self-paced technical training on the full NetBackup feature set enabling successful installation, effective administration and basic troubleshooting minimising reliance on technical support</p>
<p>· Symantec Protection Network provides two Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) backup offerings to help small and medium-sized businesses easily protect their data through a hosted, online solution</p>
<p>o Symantec Online Backup – provides secure, cost-effective, online backup and recovery as a standalone service</p>
<p>o Symantec Online Storage for Backup Exec – allows Backup Exec 12 users to store copies of backup files online in Symantec data centers for disaster recovery</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>· Symantec offers a five system NetBackup starter pack at a suggested price of $3,995 USD</p>
<p>· NetBackup 6.5.2 and NetBackup PureDisk 6.5 are available now; NetBackup 6.5.3 will be available in Summer 2008; NetBackup RealTime Protection 6.5 is scheduled to be available Fall 2008</p>
<p>· “Symantec is redefining its data protection strategy to deliver a broad set of innovative products that focus on integration and manageability of next generation technologies,” said Deepak Mohan, senior vice president, Symantec Data Protection Group. “Our goal is to continue to integrate between NetBackup and Backup Exec, along with other Symantec products, to provide ease of use for our customers and to better meet their data protection needs today and in the future.”</p>
<p>· “It is imperative to our business that we protect our data in the most efficient way to maximise time and resources,” said Eddy Navarro, computer systems manager, The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a world leader in genomic research. “NetBackup gives us the confidence and peace of mind that we can easily recover our information when we need it – whether it is an individual file or a complete application image – drastically reducing our overall IT risk.”</p>
<p>· “IT organisations continue to see a significant growth in data year over year and need solutions that enable them to efficiently scale their data protection along with their business,” said Lauren Whitehouse, analyst with Enterprises Strategy Group. “Symantec continues to prove itself as a leader by delivering innovative products, allowing organisations to successfully back up and quickly recover their critical information stored in data centers, remote offices and/or virtual environments.”</p>
<p>About Symantec</p>
<p>Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help businesses and consumers secure and manage their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at</p>
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