Veritas upgrades Windows storage management software

Storage Foundation 5.1 improves storage visibility, configuration troubleshooting

Symantec Tuesday unveiled a new version of its Veritas Storage Foundation software that allows IT administrators to identify configuration problems.

Still in testing mode, the updated Veritas Storage Foundation for will be released in June, said Steve Wilkins, senior product marketing manager at Symantec.

Pricing starts at US$695 per server.

Wilkins said the new Storage Foundation version 5.1 adds support for Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1, SharePoint Portal Server 2007, Symantec Enterprise Vault 2007 and Blackberry Enterprise Server. In addition, the enhanced Veritas Storage Foundation will extend storage infrastructure support to include new storage arrays from IBM, Hitachi Data Systems, 3PAR and Pillar Data Systems, he said.

The new version also includes new SmartMove technology that Wilkins said simplifies application and storage migrations by indicating where real data exists within block-based storage volumes being sent from one array to another. He added that the technology can also be used to selectively take active data blocks and copy them onto the new array, while leaving behind unused data volumes.

The new Storage Foundation version also includes new Configuration Checker technology than can be used to identify what pieces of storage hardware and software exist within a Windows environment. The tool provides reports of configuration-related installation errors, hardware incompatibility issues or software policy deviations that could disrupt storage management, remarked Wilkins.

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