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Symantec Updates High Availability Management Solution for VMware Environments

Symantec today announced the latest version of its high availability solution for VMware virtual environments helps customers virtualize their business critical applications. The latest version of Symantec ApplicationHA extends the existing capabilities for disaster recovery with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager integration and provides a dashboard to monitor and manage hundreds of applications within VMware vCenter Server.

Symantec today announced the latest version of its high availability solution for VMware virtual environments helps customers virtualize their business critical applications. The latest version of Symantec ApplicationHA extends the existing capabilities for disaster recovery with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager integration and provides a dashboard to monitor and manage hundreds of applications within VMware vCenter Server.

VMWare Disaster RecoveryBased on Veritas Cluster Server technology, Symantec ApplicationHA provides high availability for business-critical applications through application-level visibility, control, and recovery in VMware environments. ApplicationHA runs inside a VMware guest operating system and fully integrates with VMware High Availability.

In the event of an application failure, ApplicationHA coordinates recovery and restarts the application and/or virtual machine. This enables organizations to confidently move their business critical applications into VMware virtual machines. In this latest release, Symantec provides an application-aware Disaster Recovery solution through integration with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager. In the event that VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager fails over the virtual machine from the primary site to the disaster recovery site, Symantec ApplicationHA can continue to monitor the health of the applications after recovery and re-establishes communication with VMware High Availability.

Additionally, ApplicationHA ensures that the application components come online in the right sequence during testing and actual disaster recovery scenarios. Finally, application status is recorded in the compliance report during SRM’s test or actual disaster recovery.

ApplicationHA now features improved reporting and management functionality that allows IT professionals to centrally monitor hundreds of applications within virtual machines from a single dashboard. By centrally managing and monitoring all applications within virtual environments, organizations can have better visibility into the health and needs of such applications. ApplicationHA now provides a summary list of virtual machines, an inventory of applications inside them and the status of each application.

Symantec also made installation easier than previous versions, with ApplicationHA now enabling a push install directly from the VMware vSphere client.

“VMware and Symantec’s strategic partnership to deliver and enhance ApplicationHA gives our customers the ability to react to infrastructure and application failures without the loss of desirable functionality that our customers expect. New ApplicationHA integration with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager helps ensure high availability of applications regardless of which site is running the virtual machine,” said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware.

Symantec ApplicationHA 5.1 SP2 is available immediately and supports major platforms including Windows, RedHat Enterprise Linux, and SuSE Linux Enterprise, with pricing at $350 USD per virtual machine.

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