More and more enterprises have adopted large-scale shared architectures running complex multitier applications across thousands of physical and virtual servers, accessing terabytes of shared storage, Group President of Symantec Data Center Management Kris Hagerman told eWEEK. To manage the growing complexity of these data centers, organizations require more than the automation of existing server administration tasks that traditional products provide, he said.With Veritas Server Foundation and its new features, Symantec now claims to be the only provider of an integrated infrastructure software solution that delivers capabilities in backup, storage management, server management and application performance management across a heterogeneous data center. Application Director leverages elements of its core clustering technology to enable customers to define an applications run-time requirements, such as its CPU and memory needs, network and storage connectivity, dependencies across internal application components and tiers, and its business priority. Symantec releases the beta version of its newest security software. Click here to read more. Users can then create and enforce policies based on those requirements to control when and where applications run across physical and virtual environments, enabling them to maximize server utilization, increase application availability and flexibly respond to changes in application workloads. Application Director currently supports Solaris Zones from Sun, VMware ESX server from EMC and AIX Micro-partitions from IBM; Symantec plans to aggressively extend this coverage to support all major virtual machine platforms across all major operating systems, Hagerman said. Next Page: Patch Manager aims to simplify system updates.
"If enterprises are to keep up with the relentless growth in demand for data center services while keeping costs under control, they need a comprehensive and automated way to control applications, virtual machines, servers and storage," Hagerman said. "The Application Director works with physical and virtual components within a system equally well."