Symantec has launched Veritas Cluster Server 5.0 for VMware ESX, an enterprise-class high-availability and disaster recovery solution for business-critical virtual environments.
Cluster Server for VMware ESX provides advanced monitoring capabilities for applications running inside virtual machines and automates failover across local and remote sites in the event of disasters to provide a higher level of application availability than existing manual recovery methods.
Designed for improving server resource utilisation across datacentres, Cluster Server for VMware is made to help prevent downtime associated with application, virtual machine, network link or server failures. In addition, Cluster Server for VMware aims to ensure availability in a single datacentre, as well as multiple datacentres.
Cluster Server is a key component of Veritas Server Foundation, a server and application management solution for datacentre automation (DCA), which endeavours to help IT organisations meet service level expectations and control operating costs.
Cluster Server for VMware is complementary to Symantec's clustering solutions for Windows, Linux, and Unix platforms. Symantec claims market leadership in cross-platform server clustering, citing the 2006 edition of the IDC Worldwide Clustering and Availability Software report.
Ultimately customers need disaster recovery solutions that can quickly kick in business continuity operations. Systems such as Veritas Cluster Server for VMware ESX should allow enterprises to proactively ensure the high availability of mission-critical applications running in virtual environments. In doing this though, internal service level agreements have to be met and application and system complexity should be minimised and downtime should be in the ballpark of mere moments every year.
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