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Symantec Storage Foundation storage management software provides administrators with an efficient way to optimize direct-attached storage, and version 6.1 added several prominent features to provide caching, failover and disaster recovery.
The addition of flash-related features was perhaps the most significant aspect of the Symantec Storage Foundation upgrade. Flexible Storage Sharing uses server-side flash to speed reads and writes to remote disks without networked storage. It also eliminates the previous shared storage requirement by using remote direct memory access and, according to Symantec, provides a substantial performance boost while simplifying management. A SmartIO feature uses local solid-state drives (SSDs) for online caching at the application level. This feature measures the I/O patterns of mission-critical databases to determine if there are enough resources, and allows administrators to pin data to the cache to ensure its availability.
Other enhancements include AdaptiveHA, which automatically determines what the failover target will be based on forecasted capacity and resources; and single-click DR for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV), which allows an entire RHEV site to fail over to a disaster recovery site. Support for RHEV is included in version 6.1, adding to the existing support for Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere.
Storage Foundation supports flash and SSD hardware from any vendor. Judges scored Symantec's Storage Foundation highest for performance, and ease of use and manageability. While judges said it is somewhat costly, they did agree that the functionality was worth the price. "Storage Foundation is more than management," one judge said. "It's all integrated in this package." Another said 6.1 was a "good update to a production-hardened product with much-needed new features."
Symantec hopes breaking up the business will generate storage sales