Symantec Corp. announced new solutions and technical integrations with VMware across its product portfolio to provide higher levels of protection for virtualized environments. Together, Symantec and VMware in the Philippines are enabling small and medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprises to use the benefits of virtualization without compromising protection.
“With IT budgets that are shrinking or just holding steady in the Philippines, businesses will want to make the most of their investment in the current infrastructure. Businesses have commonly implemented virtualization in non-critical environments due to perceived obstacles such as reduced availability and performance of critical systems. But the real benefits come when enterprises move business critical applications to virtual or cloud environments,” Luichi Robles, senior country manager for Symantec Philippines said at a press briefing held in Manila in conjunction with The Next Step in Virtualization event, a collaboration between Symantec and VMware.
He added, “As leaders in security and virtualization respectively, Symantec and VMware are working together to help customers in the Philippines accelerate their move to the cloud with confidence. Symantec’s deep integration with VMware enables companies to take advantage of the productivity achieved with virtualization and the cloud without compromising protection.”
Emmanuel Portugal, VMware Philippines’ partner business manager said, “Symantec demonstrates an ongoing and consistent commitment to supporting VMware cloud infrastructure and provides valuable resources for organizations looking to expand their virtual environments and move to public, private and hybrid cloud environments. Smart integrations in security, backup and storage solutions create an opportunity for organizations to securely pursue the benefits of virtualization and cloud computing.”
IT administrators are seeking flexible solutions to help accelerate virtualization as a first step in moving toward a cloud service delivery model. Symantec can address this transition with leading solutions now tightly integrated with VMware cloud infrastructure. As companies move business critical applications from physical to virtual, Symantec can help to:
- Provide deeper visibility and control of virtual applications
- Reduce impact on performance due to backup and recovery operations while increasing protection effectiveness
- Execute high performance security and compliance trusted across virtual and cloud infrastructures
- Improve application storage performance and availability
Backup, Recovery and Archiving
Symantec Backup Exec and Symantec NetBackup help organizations of all sizes make the shift to virtualization faster, easier and smoother by giving IT administrators the agility and confidence to automate further and faster. By archiving and offloading stale data, Enterprise Vault enables customers to further reduce their data center footprint and scale the applications and systems that are targeted for virtualization.
NetBackup 7.6, scheduled to release later this year, plans to include NetBackup Accelerator now for VMware cloud infrastructure that provides up to 100 times faster backup while new NetBackup Instant Recovery for VMware cloud infrastructure will recover virtual machines 800 times faster. Planned new features for VMware vCloud Director and VMware vCenter Server will make management and automation even easier.
The Backup Exec 2012 V-Ray Edition gives virtualization architects industry-leading Backup Exec protection technology across mixed physical and VMware environments. This unified platform consolidates backup and restore efforts, eliminating the management problems inherent to point solutions.
Enterprise Vault, which is VMware Ready certified, helps customers scale their physical and virtual environments by managing and migrating old and stale data into the archive and reclaiming primary storage capacity. Enterprise Vault can be virtualized and is optimized for VMware vSphere and VMware View, providing seamless interoperability within a virtualized infrastructure.
As virtualization evolves to private clouds and customers begin adopting a multi-hypervisor strategy, IT organizations can no longer rely on point products to meet their data protection needs. “Organizations small and large need a holistic protection strategy, a single platform or solution, to handle the variety of data types and workloads as opposed to integrating a number of disparate point solutions, which proves to be costly and time consuming,” said Dave Russell, vice president of Storage Technologies and Strategies, Gartner.
Security and Compliance
By closely integrating with VMware cloud infrastructure, Symantec security solutions enable joint customers to efficiently protect their virtual and cloud infrastructure and business-critical applications with data loss prevention, IT risk and compliance, improved threat monitoring and intelligence and optimized protection of virtualized endpoints and data centers.
To protect virtual data centers against advanced threats, Symantec Critical System Protection now supports VMware vSphere 5 with granular, policy-based controls to protect and monitor the hypervisor, guest virtual machines and VMware vCenter Server. The solution enables organizations to identify server compliance violations and suspicious activity in real-time, limit administrative control, restrict network communications and prevent file and configuration tampering of the virtual infrastructure, all as recommended in the VMware Hardening Guidelines. To reduce both compliance and security risk, Symantec Control Compliance Suite allows users to automate their compliance assessment and reporting processes, enabling them to identify risk and prioritize remediation activities across both physical and virtual infrastructure. Symantec Security Information Manager (SSIM) andSymantec’s Managed Security Service (MSS) both leverage the VMware vShield log management collector to augment an organization’s ability to identify and respond to security threats that impact business critical applications across both their physical and virtual infrastructures.
Symantec also has an active beta program underway to finalize new features for Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 which includes VMware vShield Endpoint integration to deliver additional deployment options for improved performance. The upcoming release will offload critical security analysis from protected virtual machines to a dedicated security virtual appliance resulting in optimized scan performance, reduced resource utilization, and increased management visibility.
Storage and Availability Management
By using Symantec’s storage management and high availability platform within VMware environments, customers can confidently virtualize all their applications and move to the cloud with full support for application availability, better storage visibility, powerful storage optimization and the ability to bridge the gap between physical and virtual environments.
The new release of Symantec’s Dynamic Multi-Pathing for VMware cloud infrastructure integrates directly into VMware vCenter Server and adds support for VMware vSphere 5 and planned support for VMware vSphere 5.1. Dynamic Multi-Pathing for VMware 6.0 helps organizations improve SAN storage input/output (I/O) performance and availability for VMware vSphere. In addition, Dynamic Multi-Pathing provides deeper visibility into the underlying storage, enabling views from applications in virtual machines to storage spindle and gathering performance statistics to enable better decision-making.
Symantec is also announcing the beta version of its market leading Cluster Server solution targeting the VMware platform to provide organizations with reliable high availability and disaster recovery for applications running in virtual infrastructures. Symantec is the only provider to substantially minimize planned and unplanned downtime for mission critical applications such as Oracle, SAP, Exchange, SQL Server and Apache that are running in a virtual world. The new solution will provide automatic application failover between VMware virtual machines ensuring faster application recovery without compromising VMware advanced capabilities like VMware vMotion and Distributed Resource Scheduler. Symantec’s Cluster Server can be managed directly through VMware vCenter Server to simplify operations.