Veritas CommandCentral Product Family Expands With Agentless Solution for Managing Infrastructure ChangesCUPERTINO, CA, Dec 15, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced enhancements to
Veritas CommandCentral, a storage optimization suite that helps
organizations stop buying storage and reduce operational costs.
Veritas CommandCentral Storage now includes new agentless
capabilities which speed time-to-value -- helping customers reduce
storage capital costs by increasing storage utilization and control
demand by mapping storage consumption to business applications. By
gaining this critical insight, customers can typically stop
purchasing storage for a year or more by utilizing existing storage
assets while continuing to meet application service levels.
Veritas CommandCentral Storage Change Manager, a new addition to the
CommandCentral family, is an agentless solution built on the proven
CommandCentral platform. Complementing the capital cost savings of
increased storage capacity delivered by CommandCentral Storage,
Storage Change Manager lowers operational costs for enterprises by
proactively managing change that can negatively impact application
"With the introduction of storage change management and agentless
functionality in CommandCentral, Symantec sets a new standard for
storage management solutions in terms of comprehensiveness and ease
of deployment," said Ronnie Altit, general manager of Data Centre
Solutions at Dimension Data -- a key Symantec partner.
"CommandCentral is a central element of our storage optimization
initiative to give customers an end-to-end view of their datacenter
and help them reduce costs by increasing utilization and storage
CommandCentral is the first complete storage optimization suite that
integrates traditional storage resource management with storage
change management functionality. Fully compliant with the industry
standard SMI-S specification and deeply integrated through vendor
APIs, CommandCentral has no hardware agenda and continues its
industry leading scalability and support for heterogeneous
physical/virtual server and storage environments including VMware ESX
virtual environments. CommandCentral gives organizations a more
comprehensive, cost-effective, and proactive alternative to using
traditional tools such as element managers, point products, and
spreadsheets, by providing centralized visibility and control over
their storage environment.
Reduce Capital Costs and Enable Rapid Return on Investment
The new agentless capabilities of CommandCentral help organizations
realize quick return on their investment in areas such as storage
capacity planning, change tracking and management, and reporting in
physical and virtualized environments. By deploying CommandCentral,
Symantec customers have saved as much as 10 percent of their IT
capital budget by improving storage utilization levels up to 40
percent. The agentless architecture reduces deployment costs by
providing faster and easier installation and controls ongoing
maintenance costs by significantly simplifying solution upgrades.
CommandCentral now also extends agentless capabilities to virtualized
environments by providing application to storage spindle visibility
in VMware environments, with no requirement to deploy Symantec
software or agents on the ESX server.
"In today's economic climate IT organizations must find new ways to
save costs this quarter, as opposed to waiting for 12-24 months," said
Rob Soderbery, senior vice president of Symantec's Storage and
Availability Management Group. "Symantec is providing clients with a
powerful tool to achieve that objective, speeding time to value with
Reduce Operational Costs
Symantec's Storage Change Manager is an agentless, enterprise ready
solution that lowers operational costs for enterprises by enabling
them to proactively manage changes that impact application
availability. Storage Change Manager extends the CommandCentral
family by providing a centralized solution for tracking storage
infrastructure changes, managing the impact of changes, and enforcing
policies and best practices for storage connectivity, configuration
This new solution enables organizations to manage risk in an ever
changing storage infrastructure by providing an easier way to manage
storage area networks, identify storage configuration drifts, meet
service level agreements and collaborate between storage and server
Storage Change Manager enables organizations to reduce their
operational costs by:
-- Providing a centralized, policy-driven approach to managing storage
changes and configuration drifts.
-- Minimizing application downtime by measuring the impact of
infrastructure changes, and decreasing the time required to resolve
-- Benchmarking customers' environments against industry best practices
to identify hidden risks.
-- Enabling collaboration between storage and server teams to
"By integrating agentless storage change management and storage
resource management capabilities into the CommandCentral platform,
Symantec is arming customers with tools that can be rapidly deployed
to combat the major challenges inherent in dynamic, high growth data
centers," said Bob Laliberte, analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group.
"IT organizations can look to solutions like CommandCentral to
proactively track and manage storage changes and provide insight into
their physical and virtual environments so they can quickly reduce
operational costs, maintain high levels of availability and eliminate
unnecessary storage hardware purchases."
Pricing and Availability
Veritas CommandCentral 5.1 is available now with estimated pricing
starting at $20,000 USD.
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