Symantec announced enhancements to Veritas Storage Foundation, Veritas Cluster File System and Veritas Cluster Server, the heterogeneous storage management and high availability solutions for UNIX, Linux and Windows environments.

According to the company, this release enables organizations to capitalize on new storage technology, such as solid state drives and thin provisioning, “while continuing to reduce costs and complexity through improved performance and scalability.”

Additionally, near instantaneous recovery of applications is now possible with Veritas Cluster File System through tight integration with Oracle, Sybase and IBM DB2 –allowing for “fast failover of structured information and near linear scalability.”

“With this launch, Symantec is providing customers with the ability to effectively utilize the latest storage innovations—from SSDs to thin provisioned hardware and even virtual environments including Hyper-V—while also providing capabilities needed to optimize any storage or server platform,” said Josh Kahn, vice president of Product Management, Storage and Availability Management Group, Symantec.

Storage Foundation automatically optimizes heterogeneous storage environments, including those that contain both SSDs and traditional disk storage. Symantec claims Storage Foundation is the only storage management solution that can automatically discover SSD devices from leading array and server vendors and optimize data placement on SSD devices transparently.

The firm also claims its Veristas File System is the only cross platform, thin-friendly file system in the industry. It enables improved storage utilization by integrating with the thin provisioning ecosystem.

Announced last year, the Veritas Thin Reclamation API enables automated space reclamation for thin provisioning storage arrays and is now fully supported by Symantec partners IBM, 3PAR and Hitachi Data Systems.

Storage Foundation’s SmartMove technology together with Veritas Volume Replicator makes it easy for enterprises to migrate from thick to thin storage over any distance, as Symantec claims.

Only the storage that is being used by the application is moved, making data and array migrations fast and efficient even across wide areas.

With this release, Symantec also adds enhancements to Cluster File System and Cluster Server, providing improved availability of Oracle environments.

“In contrast to traditional failover approaches, which require both application and storage to move to an alternate server, Cluster File System and Cluster Server provide concurrent access to information and require only the application to be moved,” said Kahn.

As a result, organizations can now failover applications running single-instance Oracle or single-instance IBM DB2 “in seconds.”

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