Symantec upgrades Storage Foundation, supports SSDs

By Kevin Komiega

-- Symantec announced a slew of product enhancements for Veritas Storage Foundation, Cluster File System and Cluster Server today with its sights set on boosting the performance and management of solid-state disk (SSD) drives, improving failover processes, and rounding out its thin provisioning strategy.

Veritas Storage Foundation, the company's storage management platform, received the bulk of the upgrades. Sean Derrington, director of Symantec's storage and availability management group, says Storage Foundation can now automatically find SSD devices from array and server vendors and put data where it belongs in a way that is transparent to users.

Storage Foundation's SSD optimization features include pre-defined policies that automate the file migration process based upon a range of attributes, including file size, type, or activity. The software can now automatically move files from a mechanical volume to a high-performance SSD-based volume.

"For example, we can take two volumes in an array – one on traditional hard disk drives [HDDs] and one on SSDs – and give an administrator visibility into both because of our dynamic multipathing software," says Derrington.

On the thin provisioning front, Storage Foundation's SmartMove technology, which works in tandem with Veritas Volume Replicator to migrate from "thick" to "thin" storage over distances, can now peer into legacy storage volumes and automate the storage reclamation process.

Symantec has also extended its thin provisioning technology to Windows-based virtual server environments by adding support for Microsoft Hyper-V to its Storage Foundation for Windows product.

Derrington says the Veritas Thin Reclamation API, announced last year, is now fully supported by Symantec partners IBM (XIV) and 3PAR (InServ), with more hardware partners planning support in the coming months.

The Thin Reclamation API allows for automated space reclamation for thin provisioning storage arrays.

In addition, Symantec has tightened the integration between Veritas Cluster File System and Oracle, Sybase and IBM DB2 to provide "near instantaneous" recovery of applications.

Symantec has enhanced Cluster File System and Cluster Server for higher levels of availability in Oracle environments. As a result, customers can now failover applications running single-instance Oracle or single-instance DB2 in seconds, according to Derrington.

Symantec is also offering a Storage Assessment Service to assist customers in their efforts to deploy Symantec products, including Veritas Storage Foundation, Veritas Cluster File System and Veritas Cluster Server.

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This article was originally published on December 07, 2009