Storage management solutions vendor Symantec Corp. is partnering with open source software provider Red Hat, Inc. to jointly offer private and hybrid cloud applications and datacenter solutions. The new solutions will feature Symantec storage and availability tools running on the open source Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform.
Automated Failover among Key Benefits
One key benefit of this partnership the vendors are touting is the off-premises disaster recovery capability of Cluster Server running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which automates global failover of multi-tiered applications to disaster recovery sites and manages the data replication layer. In addition, the vendors say that by running the dynamic multi-pathing feature of the Symantec Storage Foundation tiered online storage management application on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, users obtain a uniform cross-platform solution that eases data management across operating systems and storage platforms. The new joint architecture will also provide failover for Oracle databases.
Symantec Extends Its Reach
Symantec has been busy during the past few months extending the reach of its technology through partnerships and acquisitions. Earlier in June, Symantec extended its disaster recovery software to run on Microsoft’s newly upgraded Azure cloud platform. The new service expands Symantec’s existing Microsoft-based business continuity platform and also allows organizations to recover applications and data in the event of a system failure. In addition, the new Symantec and Microsoft solution offers real-time replication of application data.
In April 2012, Symantec finalized the purchase of Nukona, which provides solutions for protecting data on mobiles. The acquisition of Nukona extends Symantec's enterprise mobility portfolio to include a cross-platform mobile application protection solution enabling organizations to protect and isolate corporate data and applications across both corporate owned and personally owned devices.
And in January 2012, Symantec acquired LiveOffice, its hosted archiving OEM partner for its Enterprise Vault.cloud cloud-based storage solution. The purchase added a cloud-based messaging protection solution to Symantec's information security and management solutions arsenal.
Symantec also spent US$ 390 million last year to buy Clearwell, thereby adding some e-Discovery power to its portfolio. In 2010, Symantec spent US$ 2 billion on acquisitions, which included the US$ 1.28 billion takeover of VeriSign.
Clearly Symantec is trying to position itself as the enterprise storage provider of choice, regardless of what platform, systems architecture, or database a client uses. In a crowded marketplace, Symantec is making some moves that just might give it a little elbow room.
Technology from Symantec’s Cluster File System, Cluster Server and Storage Foundation, along with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, will form the basis for the joint architecture. Symantec and Red Hat will also team to provide additional engineering, marketing and support. More information on the new solutions will be made available at a later date.