xen_symantec.png Even virtual worlds have storage issues. Enterprise virtualization purveyor XenSource has just signed an agreement with Symantec to embed Veritas Storage Foundation into XenEnterpriseTM, bringing HA/DR and backup technology to the customers XenSource serves. This unity is the first we've seen between a leading storage virtualization software and a leading open source hypervisor.XenSource, a major enterprise virtualization purveyor, leads the open source Xen virtualization project. Veritas Storage Foundation is a leading industry-standard storage management software purveyed by Symantec. Enterprise virtualization as a concept is still quite young. Symantec, however, is a comfortingly familiar name to longtime execs (it recently released a backup solution just for them, in fact). And late last year, the company went head-to-head with Microsoft for SharePoint security. So the Symantec name won't be falling on deaf ears for those still wary about virtualization technology. Not to say it lacks its own strengths. The open architecture of XenSource is flexy enough to allow integration of storage virtualization technology directly in the hypervisor. Customers can utilize the same benefits of Storage Foundation in the virtual world that they would in the physical world. Senior Director Aaron Aubrecht of Storage Foundation product management at Symantec added that this "tight integration" will help ease "complexity associated with deployment, allowing enterprise customers to reduce their capital and operating expenses, while leveraging trusted technology from Symantec.” And while the liaison is a new one, it reeks of tomorrow's normalcy - that is, it paves the way for stronger standardized server and storage integration across the industry. “The challenges of coordinating the migration of virtual servers across hosts in combination with massive storage growth and data movement requirements has been gaining increasing attention in the market,” said program VP John Humphreys of IDC's Enterprise Virtualization research. "This partnership will enable customers to use the existing storage infrastructure of Symantec, while leveraging the advanced capabilities of XenEnterprise." He added that stronger support and storage is rapidly becoming an IT requirement. XenEnterprise -- strengthened with Veritas -- will assist users in the following realms: * Unified server and storage virtualization, which includes utilization optimization, dynamic multi-pathing and point-in-time copies; and integrated storage management * Data protection and backup - particularly for applications running in XenEnterprise. Veritas' NetBackup will be tested in tangent for certification * The benefits of HighAvailability, a joint product that will provide failover of virtual machines, giving virtualization an even stronger value proposition for enterprises Existing XenEnterprise customers enjoying full maintenance agreements will receive Storage Foundation as an upgrade at no charge. XenSource will remain the single server and storage virtualization support contact. The recertification of independent software packages is not required. XenSource products laced with Symantec technology will start appearing on the market this fall. For more news on the collabo, visit XenSource.