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Symantec Corp. has announced new solutions and technical integrations with VMware across its entire product portfolio to provide higher levels of protection for virtualised environments. Together, Symantec and VMware enable SMBs and enterprises to use the benefits of virtualisation without compromising protection.
IT administrators are seeking flexible solutions to help accelerate virtualisation as a first step in moving toward a cloud service delivery model. Symantec can address this transition with leading solutions now tightly integrated with VMware cloud infrastructure. As companies move business critical applications from physical to virtual, Symantec can help to:
Backup, Recovery and Archiving
NetBackup 7.6, scheduled to release later this year, plans to include NetBackup Accelerator now for VMware that provides up to 100 times faster backup while new NetBackup Instant Recovery for VMware will recover virtual machines 800 times faster. Planned new features for VMware vCloud Director and VMware vCenter Server will make management and automation even easier.
The Backup Exec 2012 V-Ray Edition gives virtualisation architects industry-leading Backup Exec protection technology across mixed physical and VMware environments. This unified platform consolidates backup and restore efforts, eliminating the management problems inherent to point solutions.
Enterprise Vault, which is the only industry leading archiving solution to be VMware Ready certified, helps customers scale their physical and virtual environments by managing and migrating old and stale data into the archive and reclaiming primary storage capacity. Enterprise Vault can be virtualised and is optimised for VMware vSphere and VMware View, providing seamless interoperability within a virtualised infrastructure.
Security and Compliance
To protect virtual data centers against advanced threats, Symantec Critical System Protection now supports VMware vSphere 5 with granular, policy-based controls to protect and monitor ESX and ESXi hypervisors, guest virtual machines and VMware vCenter Server. The solution enables organisations to identify server compliance violations and suspicious activity in real-time, limit administrative control, restrict network communications and prevent file and configuration tampering of the virtual infrastructure, all as recommended in the VMware Hardening Guidelines. To reduce both compliance and security risk, Symantec Control Compliance Suite allows users to automate their compliance assessment and reporting processes, enabling them to identify risk and prioritise remediation activities across both physical and virtual infrastructure. Symantec Security Information Manager (SSIM) and Symantec's Managed Security Service (MSS) both leverage the VMware vShield log management collector to augment an organisation’s ability to identify and respond to security threats that impact business critical applications across both their physical and virtual infrastructures.
Symantec also has an active beta program underway to finalise new features for Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 which includes VMware vShield Endpoint integration to deliver additional deployment options for improved performance. The upcoming release will offload critical security analysis from protected virtual machines to a dedicated security virtual appliance resulting in optimised scan performance, reduced resource utilisation, and increased management visibility.
Storage and Availability Management
The new release of Symantec’s Dynamic Multi-Pathing for VMware integrates directly into VMware vCenter Server and adds support for VMware vSphere 5.0 and planned support for VMware vSphere 5.1. Dynamic Multi-Pathing for VMware 6.0 helps organisations improve SAN storage input/output (I/O) performance and availability for VMware vSphere. In addition, Dynamic Multi-Pathing provides deeper visibility into the underlying storage, enabling views from applications in virtual machines to storage spindle and gathering performance statistics to enable better decision-making.
Symantec is also announcing the beta version of its market leading Cluster Server solution targeting the VMware platform to provide organisations with reliable high availability and disaster recovery for applications running in virtual infrastructures. Symantec is the only provider to substantially minimise planned and unplanned downtime for mission critical applications such as Oracle, SAP, Exchange, SQL Server and Apache that are running in a virtual world. The new solution will provide automatic application failover between VMware virtual machines ensuring faster application recovery without compromising VMware advanced capabilities like vMotion and Distributed Resource Scheduler. Symantec’s Cluster Server can be managed directly through VMware vCenter Server to simplify operations.
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