The last virtual mile: Visibility and control on the virtualized path [Symantec]

As organizations move to their next phase of virtualization, with virtualized environments beyond 30%, many still worry about the infrastructure and application failures that were not as significant when applications were virtualized in the lower tiers.

Up here, there’s a much more serious risk to these business critical applications. In fact, more than half of respondents in a recent survey said their main challenge now was ensuring application availability. A big problem, though, has been finding a simple and reliable solution that can protect Tier 1 and Tier 2 applications and minimize the downtime associated with application failures within virtual machines.

While thankfully most customers aren’t choosing to leave their business critical applications unprotected, they are often delaying that last mile of virtualization or they’re moving into virtualization by compromising in one of two ways:

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Buried in big data? Why its time to evolve your archiving solution [Symantec]

Are you ready for the data explosion?

Symantec Enterprise Vault offers more control and protection of intellectual property and corporate assets.

Over the last four years alone, the digital universe has expanded by over 400% and is now somewhere around 1 zettabyte (1 trillion gigabytes – yes, trillion) in size. That includes emails, instant messages, Microsoft® SharePoint® libraries, files, the works – or, put it another way, the equivalent of a stack of books from the sun to Pluto and back again.

To keep up, organizations need a platform that can efficiently store and manage this exploding unstructured data and also find the needle in the haystack when users have to access specific information at any given moment. Not to mention, organizations are increasingly being ordered to produce email messages and other files relevant to electronic discovery – with severe penalties for not complying with a court’s discovery order.

In other words, organizations increasingly need to satisfy their business, legal and regulatory needs today as well into the future – in a way that doesn’t sap time and financial resources.

Symantec Enterprise Vault offers businesses such a platform, one that takes long-term control of intellectual property and corporate assets, offering optimally efficient management of SharePoint data, and effortlessly storing, managing and allowing for discovery of unstructured information.

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Software, hardware and storage team up for backup. [Quantum]

Quantum vmPRO 4000 offers up a complete solution that’s simple, advanced and affordable.

Virtual machines have become central to the functioning of more and more IT environments. But as virtualization has grown in popularity, backups have become more of a headache:

  • ISV backup software development has fallen behind
  • Reliance on agents is making backing up a time killer for resource-stretched IT departments
  • Overprovisioning is slowing down backups to a snail’s pace
  • Recovery times are getting longer
  • Disaster recovery of important data is at risk
  • Remote office backups are being neglected

Fortunately, some backup developers have been working on overcoming these challenges. That’s where Quantum’s new turnkey vmPRO 4000 offering comes in. It’s the first of its kind – an all-in-one system built on an innovative combination of technologies specifically designed to provide faster and more effective VM protection in data centers or remote offices. vmPRO 4000 uniquely combines software, hardware and storage into a single appliance, eliminating the need for individual agents or separate physical servers.

The vmPRO 4000 is a combination of Quantum’s vmPRO software with a DXi de-deduplication target appliance. The software enables easy backup and movement of VMs from their primary storage to a target de-dup appliance, protecting data with distributed features like centralized management and easy deployment without buying and deploying costly backup solutions. vmPRO 4000 enhances the software by providing local deduplicated storage and replication back to a central data center, reducing local storage size for recent data and network bandwidth by upwards of 90% for replication.

In fact, the combined solution has led to results far more powerful than with any backup software or dedupe appliance on the market, including:

  1. Easy integration. No changes, compliance processes or policies are needed for existing environments. vmPRO 4000 integrates easily, extending and optimizing existing VMware without having to rip and replace – unless that’s what you’re looking to do.
  2. Single agentless view of all storage across all VMs. The vmPRO software runs on a virtual appliance on the ESX server where it sees all the VMs directly, reducing management complexity and the performance overhead of having an agent on every VM. [Read more…]