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
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 workflowwhich 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 neededwhether 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
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.