This week Symantec unveiled two products developed under joint partnership with VMware. Symantec launched ApplicationHA for high availability of applications in a virtual environment, and VirtualStore, a software-based network-attached storage (NAS) solution designed to help customers efficiently provision virtual servers and desktops.
Symantec said these two new solutions would provide customers with the ability to confidently virtualize their business-critical applications and minimize storage costs on the VMware platform.
Symantec's latest offering is directed at "the last mile" problem with virtualizing applications. This is very similar to what others have been calling VM stall, where virtualization customers are hitting a glass ceiling around the 30 percent mark of being totally virtualized in the data center. These organizations have typically completed virtualizing the "low-hanging fruit" or non-mission-critical applications such as Web, print, and file servers, but then hit a brick wall when it comes to virtualizing mission-critical applications because of trust issues or a general lack of confidence, usually from the business unit or the application owner.
According to an October 2009 IDC study, 51 percent of respondents said ensuring application availability was a key challenge in managing virtualized servers. This has been attributed to the fact that customers are having issues with applications failing inside the guest of the virtual machine due to the lack of a high-availability solution to properly protect the applications. That's where ApplicationHA comes in.
Built on the company's Veritas Cluster Server technology, ApplicationHA automates application high availability and data recovery by providing visibility, control, and integration with VMware vCenter and VMware High Availability (HA). It also monitors application health status, detects for failures within the virtual machine, restarts failed applications, and coordinates with VMware HA to restart a virtual machine when needed.