Symantec, Red Hat Strengthen Cloud, Data Center Collaboration

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-06-29 Print this article Print

The forthcoming storage and cloud management packages, now in development, are being built upon Symantec storage, security and availability tools and will run on the open-source Red Hat Enterprise Linux cloud platform.

Symantec and Red Hat, who have been collaborating on cloud-related projects for about a half-dozen years, June 29 announced an extension of their agreement to co-develop software and services for the deployment of agile private and hybrid clouds inside highly resilient data centers.

The announcement was made at the Red Hat Summit and JBoss World conference in Boston.

The forthcoming storage and cloud management packages, now in development, are being built upon Symantec storage, security and availability tools and will run on the open-source Red Hat Enterprise Linux cloud platform, which includes built-in clustering capabilities.

The most important business benefit of this collaboration is that the combination of these components enables the deployment of an automated off-site disaster recovery cluster server for global IT systems. This provides off-premises disaster recovery and automated failover of multi-tiered applications to any disaster recovery (DR) site on Earth.

Distances between data centers do not impact this DR system.

In addition, Red Hat's Cluster Server manages the data replication layer and provides a single-click DR process, simplifying recovery workflow€”which is most often not a simple process.

The Symantec-Red Hat package also provides nondisruptive failover testing to ensure that recovery is configured to work properly when it is needed€”whether the downtime is from power loss, natural disasters or other causes.

"As we've written previously, IDC believes Linux will be one of two primary operating systems that will power public cloud infrastructure," IDC Vice President of System Software Research Al Gillen said. "Symantec and Red Hat teaming to improve data availability and disaster recovery in data centers has the added benefit of bridging these data centers to Linux-based cloud infrastructure, enabling enterprise customers to leverage cloud computing where it makes best sense."

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the de facto Linux data center standard, since it is deployed by more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500 companies. Symantec's storage and availability management solutions are used by 99 percent of the Fortune 500.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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