“We’re concerned with helping people manage their storage better – helping them get utilization rates as high as they can, and helping them make sure their storage environment is performing based on the requirements of their business,” said Mike Reynolds, director, Information Availability Team, Symantec. “We’re also focused on keeping applications and business services highly available. If you have a failure, no matter what it is – if it’s a piece of hardware, or the application itself goes down, or you lose power, whatever the case may be – we can keep your applications and your business services highly available.”
The product, which is a combination of file system and volume manager, has been on the market for quite some time, but 6.1 introduces some new features and carries existing ones over to the SSD world.
Because of simple physics, SANs are currently maxed out – at this point, they can’t get much faster without becoming unstable. As a result, SSDs have begun popping up to deal with the problem of storage space, and they’ve done a pretty good job so far with read/write performance.
Additionally, PCIe is now starting to pop up at the server level, meaning that users can simply open their servers and pop in their SSDs. There are some great advantages to this, such as moving applications and data closer to the CPU for better performance.
Storage Foundation 6.1 is intended to simplify this process.
“We’re extending our capabilities into the SSD world,” said Reynolds. “Some of these capabilities are included in the 6.1 release – things like SmartMove and flexible storage. All these other features we’ve had for a long time, but now we’re propagating over to the SSD world.”
Version 6.1 boasts a number of features, including SmartMove, thin provisioning and thin reclamation through standard volume manager, and data reduction. It also provides data replication features, which offer several different options for customers, including cluster servers that are available for disaster recovery or local high availability, and replication across the wire between data centres.
The product also introduces SmartIO, which provides online caching at the application level; Flexible Storage Sharing, to simplify SSD adoption; and AdaptiveHA, which provides intelligent failover.
“All of these features are either already in the product and we’re extending our capabilities for SSDs, so people can adopt them faster, or we’ve got a couple of new features that have really helped bring out the performance benefits that SSDs can help customers get to,” said Reynolds.
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