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The integration should allow XenSource users to more easily manage the dynamic migration of virtual Xen nodes from one system to another. These nodes are often attached to LUNs that aren't visible to other nodes (via LUN masking). The Symantec functionality will allow a manager to switch the LUN masking from one node to another without having to use the storage or switch management interface directly.
It's unclear what the long-term benefits of XenSource's integration with Symantec will be. For example, Schulz questions whether Veritas Storage Foundation will be incorporated into all of the guest operating systems supported by XenSource, and whether prices for XenEnterprise will go up when the additional functionality is added.
Still, the synergy between the two companies could make XenSource an easier fit in corporate data centers, and make it easier for storage administrators to support virtualization.
--Logan G. Harbaugh
This was first published in September 2007