Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows brings advanced online storage management to Microsoft Windows Server environments, including Windows Server. The solution creates virtual storage devices from physical disks and arrays, so storage can be optimally configured, shared, and managed without interruption to servers and mission-critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange, SQL, and SharePoint Server. Storage Foundation for Windows provides easy online storage management for enterprise applications and Fiber channel- or iSCSI/IP-based storage area network (SAN) environments. Unlike point solutions, Storage Foundation for Windows enables IT organizations to manage their storage infrastructure with one tool. Advanced features such as centralized storage management, online configuration and administration, Dynamic Multi-pathing, and local and remote replication, enable organizations to reduce cost, risk and complexity across the data center.
The Storage Foundation Enterprise is intended for enterprise environments, it offers full functionality, including FlashSnap, storage checkpoints and Dynamic Storage Tiering.
Online configuration with dynamic disks
Dynamic disks are unique to Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows and can hold simple volumes, spanned volumes, mirrored and striped volumes, and RAID 5 volumes. With this dynamic disk storage capability, it is possible to perform disk and volume management tasks without restarting the operating system, thereby significantly improving online application performance. Additionally, dynamic disks dramatically simplify server migrations and disaster recovery by enabling another Windows host to "see" and access the storage. By not having to keep storage configuration information in the Windows registry, as Microsoft Logical Disk Manager does, dynamic disks enable unparalleled business and management flexibility.
Centralized management and reporting
With Storage Foundation Manager (SFM), organizations can choose industry-leading functionality across Windows platforms and centrally monitor and report on the application, server, and storage environments through a secure Web-based console. This approach leads to higher service levels, reduces the risk of human error, and provides comprehensive visibility throughout the environment. SFM enables administrators to identify and visualize potential problems with applications and storage resources by correlating health and status information across multiple applications, servers, storage, and replication resources. The increased visibility enables rapid problem resolution that typically spans multiple organizational structures. Storage Foundation for Windows also provides a Microsoft MOM Pack to allow storage management integration into Microsoft Operations Manager.
I/O path availability and performance
With the Dynamic Multi-pathing option, storage I/O performance and availability are enhanced across heterogeneous server and storage infrastructures. Dynamic Multi-pathing has seven intelligent algorithms to load-balance storage I/O across multiple host bus adapters (HBAs) for faster throughput, and increases the application's availability by rerouting I/O traffic to an available data path in the event of a path failure. Advanced multi-pathing management enables GUI visualization of array resources (by array, controller, or path), command-line interfaces for custom scripts, path performance statistics, proactive path checking, and SNMP alerts for path failure notification and recovery. Dynamic Multi-pathing fully supports the Microsoft Windows MPIO Framework and offers MPIO Device Specific Modules (DSM's) for most leading arrays from 3PAR, EMC, HDS, HP, IBM, Network Appliance and Pillar Data. It is fully compliant with the Microsoft Multipath I/O (MPIO) framework for both Fiber Channel HBA Storport and Microsoft iSCSI software compatibility, ensuring the required robust interoperability in a Windows environment.
Local and remote data protection
Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows provides data protection solutions that address both local and remote replication needs. With the Veritas FlashSnap option, administrators can use the intuitive GUI-based scheduler to create point-in-time copies with minimal impact to applications and users. Point-in-time copies can be accessed from the same server or be easily imported to another host, enabling users to leverage tiered storage. FlashSnap is fully integrated with the Windows Server Volume Shadowcopy Service (VSS) and supports VSS-based snapshots using the integrated VSS Snapshot Scheduler and VSS software snapshot provider. The Exchange VSS snapshot quick recovery process makes it possible to fully restore Exchange to a point in time or to "roll forward" to the point immediately before a failure.
High availability for mission-critical Windows applicationsProduct Highlights
Veritas Storage Foundation HA for Windows combines Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows and Veritas Cluster Server to monitor the status of applications - and automatically move them to another server (over any distance) in the event of a planned or unplanned outage. It can detect faults in an application and all its dependent components, including the associated database, operating system, network, and storage resources. Veritas Cluster Server supports a wide range of applications, including Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint Portal Server, SAP, and many more, including custom-built applications.
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