"At the administrative level, we've seen [a] shift from being a specialist as a storage administrator toward a more general role where you may be [a] Unix administrator and your task [is] to tackle both [storage and Unix] systems," he said.
Symantec also added a reporting tool to its Operations Manager software. That tool is a set of built-in reports to automatically identify under-utilized storage resources, tracking utilization within database files and mapping that to disks and RAID groups in storage arrays. Storage not being used can then be returned by an admin to an available pool.
Among the new tools for active monitoring is one called "Fire Drill," which allows admins to simulate a system failure in order to test configurations for business continuity and disaster recovery.
Symantec's Fire Drill feature takes a snapshot of a physical or virtual production server and moves the data to a disaster recovery system, bringing the data online for testing.
Veritas Operations Manager 3.1 is available now and Veritas Storage Foundation HA 5.1 will be available in November. Symantec customers who purchase Storage Foundation HA can receive Veritas Operations Manager at no additional charge.
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