; Levels of Automation"> Cluster server also has new features Veritas Cluster Server itself also has new features in this release. Cluster Servers secure, Web-based Cluster Management Console simplifies the task of managing, monitoring and configuring multiple clusters for Windows, Linux and Unix, running in multiple data centers. Cluster Server also provides protection across physical and virtual server environments that include Windows, VMware and Microsoft Virtual Server.Cluster Server also includes Fire Drill, which lets organizations regularly test disaster recovery scenarios without exposing production applications to risk and downtime. For applications that require coordination of application clustering and remote data protection, the Veritas Volume Replicator option has added the ability to coordinate snapshots at both the primary and a remote secondary location for consistent backup or disk-based disaster recovery solutions. Users can download the free version of Storage Foundation Basic for Windows here. Storage Foundation 5.0 for Windows HA starts at $695 per server. Levels of automation making all the difference IT organizations are constantly challenged to provide higher levels of service to the business with continually shrinking budgets, Laliberte said. "This isnt really anything new. What is changing is the levels of automation and visibility provided by todays software solutions," he said. Customers are now able to manage more storage, servers and switches because management software has improved to the point where a manual task that used to take more than an hour is now accomplished with a few mouse clicks, Laliberte said. Reporting has improved significantly, and the amount and type of data collected, analyzed and turned into actionable information continues to grow. All of this translates into organizations being able to react quicker, plan better and ultimately provide higher levels of service, Laliberte said. "We are still in the infancy of developing a single solution to manage a data center, but the pieces are coming together, and it is clear to see the direction we are headed," he said. "This [Symantec-Veritas] release is another evolutionary step, but a good-sized one, in providing end users the tools they need to more effectively manage their IT environment," Laliberte said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
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