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Monday, February 28, 2011

Symantec boosts storage with FileStore

Symantec FileStore, the latest in shelf from Symantec Corporation, a software management solutions company, is to boost storage infrastructure for customers.

Regional Director for Africa at Symantec, Mr. Gordon Love said that the new solution would enable organizations to build scalable, high-performance file-based storage services for their enterprise, including private and public clouds.

FileStore, he said, has already earned ground-breaking results for file serving in Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) tests, which far exceeds the current benchmarks.

He said that a system using FileStore software yielded record results of 176,728 operations per second with an overall response time of 1.67ms in the tests.

Using currently available software, FileStore, he said, has demonstrated 47 per cent greater throughput and 14 per cent faster overall response time than the NetApp FAS6080 results posted in August 2009.

As said by him, Symantec presently deploys FileStore as the file-based storage architecture in its own cloud services, with more than 40 petabytes (PB) of online storage for more than nine million active users; the largest Software as a Service (SaaS), storage environment in the world.

Mr. Love pointed out that Symantec also uses Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows and Veritas Cluster Server to manage this backup storage, stressing that with FileStore, Symantec delivers reliable, high-performance online backup services at a fraction of the cost by driving up storage utilisation rates and eliminating planned downtime required to scale performance, capacity or daily administration tasks.

He, therefore, expressed satisfaction over the industry-leading results and the unparalleled price-performance advantages of the new software.

“The SPECsfs benchmark demonstrates that FileStore software delivers the high performance today’s enterprises need for their cloud storage environments without locking them into an expensive, proprietary hardware infrastructure,” he said.

Further, he said that, FileStore integrates natively with Symantec’s leading security and information management solutions, including Symantec NetBackup and Symantec Endpoint Protection. These services run directly on the FileStore nodes, thereby reducing performance bottlenecks, enhancing security and simplifying operations by eliminating the requirement for additional server and storage resources for backup and security.

He explained that a single FileStore system scales up to 16 nodes, and 2 PB of total storage, so the product was designed to scale from entry-level configurations in affordable increments that match the IT organisation’s need and budget.

“A simple implementation process self-deploys and self-configures based on just a few administrator-provided parameters, yet meets the performance requirements of demanding large-file applications such as medical imaging and geophysical exploration,” he said.

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