Come One, Come All! To the Greatest Show on Earth!

It’s called “your IT department,” and the show they put on is quite spectacular!  Come see them juggle demands, make performance problems disappear, and magically launch new applications in seconds. But what’s that behind the curtain, you ask? Yes, there are tools to help make all this sleight of hand possible – such as the Veritas Storage Foundation from Symantec that ESG Lab recently tested.

Author(s): Kerry Dolan

Published: October 15, 2012

There used to be a clear distinction between IT infrastructure components and an obvious division of labor – the application, server, network, and storage teams operated mostly independently. End-users and business managers were content to follow IT’s instructions, being told what applications were available and then figuring out how to leverage them.

In recent years, however, much has changed. Application virtualization, management automation, increasing “consumerization,” and the concept of service-oriented IT have conspired to dramatically increase user expectations and demands. At the same time, IT is now viewed more as a strategic asset, an arrow in the quiver that the business can use to hit customer and employee satisfaction targets. Instead of waiting to be told by IT what capabilities are available, constituents approach IT to request services, applications, and results.

This shift in the “balance of power” requires that IT be able to perform simultaneous circus-like feats – such as keeping applications online at all times, speeding performance, and generating results faster than ever – all while using fewer resources. It’s pretty obvious that the old paradigm doesn’t support these objectives; a top hat and magic wand might do the job. 

One example of that magic wand is the Veritas Storage Foundation from Symantec. ESG Lab compared it with native Linux capabilities in terms of storage performance, ease of management, and efficiency. It combines a high-performance file system and volume manager with centralized, automated monitoring and management. The result is a tool that delivers a wide range of capabilities, from consolidated application, server, and storage management to tiering, deduplication/compression, thin reclamation, array migration, data protection, and more. It gives IT the power to understand activities across the IT landscape and manage easily for optimal service and efficiency. Here’s an example: As the chart below shows, ESG Lab testing demonstrated that it out-performed native Linux configurations, with 60%-90% faster response times. 

Looking to inject a little "magic" into your IT department?  Then by all means, read the ESG Lab Review of the Veritas Storage Foundation from Symantec.



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Senior Lab Analyst Kerry Dolan contributes to ESG’s independent, hands-on validations and analyses of emerging storage hardware and software products. Kerry brings more than 15 years of storage industry experience to her role. Prior to joining ESG, she spent 11 years as a technical marketing consultant in the storage industry, a natural offshoot from her years in product marketing at EMC Corporation. Kerry earned A.B. and Ed.M degrees from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. As an avid golfer, bird photographer, and classically trained soprano, Kerry has plenty to occupy her time outside of work.

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