Quoting from ComputerWorld:
VERITAS Software Corporation today announced that VERITAS Storage Foundation HA for Windows software is the first to deliver the combination of enhanced high availability and wide area disaster recovery capabilities to Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 customers. VERITAS Storage Foundation HA for Windows integrates VERITAS Volume Manager, and VERITAS Cluster Server the industry?s leading1 independent heterogeneous clustering and availability software, to help ensure continuous availability of mission-critical applications and data.
With the utility computing model in mind, customers can now deploy Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 to consolidate physical servers across their IT environments. To help ensure that no single point of failure for multiple virtual machines is introduced, VERITAS Storage Foundation HA for Windows software is designed to monitor the state of a virtual machine and respond to failures in the most logical manner, translating into high availability and minimal downtime for customers. With VERITAS Storage Foundation HA for Windows, new standby virtual servers are not required; therefore high availability is achieved without the need to invest in additional equipment.
?VERITAS continues to demonstrate its commitment to Windows customers by delivering high availability and disaster recovery software for any operating system hosted by Microsoft Virtual Server 2005,? said David Hamilton, director of the Windows and Enterprise Management Division at Microsoft Corp. ?We believe VERITAS Storage Foundation HA for Windows can help customers do more with less by building manageability into their applications.?
Integral to the company?s strategy to enable utility computing, while protecting the data and underlying applications, VERITAS Storage Foundation HA for Windows software allows Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 customers to leverage existing technology and maximize server utilization across their IT infrastructures. With a utility model of computing, data and applications are always available and VERITAS Cluster Server and VERITAS Volume Manager help provide this capability by protecting the end-user and eliminating single points of failure for consolidated virtual servers. VERITAS Cluster Server also protects against planned and unplanned downtime by providing automatic or manual failover of virtual machines between physical hosts ? another contributing factor to keeping Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 highly available.
“VERITAS continues to embrace and extend the power of the Windows Server System by offering customers an integrated, interoperable high availability solution for Microsoft Virtual Server 2005,? said Bob Maness, senior director of product marketing, VERITAS Software. ?With the additional support of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, VERITAS Storage Foundation HA for Windows software adds to our on-going efforts to help organizations protect and manage their applications and data regardless of the platform or operating system they choose.”
A Pioneer in Clustering and High Availability For nearly a decade, VERITAS has been an innovation engine developing and delivering high availability software to customers. Clustering has evolved in that time in three key phases. The first phase offered rudimentary two node failover solutions intended to remove single points of failure between storage, servers and applications physically connected via SCSI interfaces. This offered little peace of mind to customers looking to ensure the availability of their applications and data in the event of a physical disaster at their primary site. The second phase advanced the concept of high availability by connecting multiple nodes of clustered servers to SANS offering comparable application performance to end-users and bringing true disaster recovery to the enterprise. The current and most exciting phase of clustering ties together multiple nodes of storage, servers and applications through a clustered file system and a clustered volume manager moving customers rapidly toward an automated infrastructure and utility computing.