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Symantec unveils SaaS storage products

Lucas Mearian, Computerworld | May 4, 2011
At its Visions 2011 conference in Las Vegas this week, Symantec announced plans to offer its midrange backup and enterprise-class archive software products as SaaS offerings.

Veritas Operations Manager allows customers to set up service level agreements by using virtualization and private cloud attributes, such as chargeback and reporting capability across multi-vendor storage environments.

Operations Manager 4.0 also identifies dependencies for applications running on virtual servers. For example, if an administrator were to install an OS upgrade on a server, the software would show exactly what hardware would be affected throughout the storage network right down to disk drives.

The company also announced Veritas Operations Manager Advanced, which offers deep reporting for physical and virtual server environments and the planned ability to take action and optimize servers and storage. Veritas Operations Manager Advanced includes agentless deployment and maintenance capabilities, which allow organizations to get up and running quickly, Lamorena said.

"As customers are moving from a physical to a virtual and a private-cloud world, they expect IT on demand, with built-in chargebacks. They're looking at being agile and hardware agnostic," said Lamorena. "We want to give customers visibility into how their storage is being used from applications standpoint. The concept is that you can see what's going on in storage, but you can also take action with one mouse click."

For example, Veritas Operations Manager offers storage administrators the ability to take action from the centralized management console to control and in order to identify wasted or unused storage capacity and place it back into a usable pool.

Administrators can also allocate storage to servers based on business requirements, utilize thin storage provisioning capabilities, implement policy-based storage tiering. It also automates the start and stop of multi-tiered applications running in physical and virtual environments to increase uptime and administrator efficiency.

The software can also be used to create customized health checks, offer patch information, warning alerts and root cause analysis views.


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