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By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-11-29 Print this article Print

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.

"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."

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.

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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.

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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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