Symantec Launches Platform to Help Customers Build, Manage Cloud Storage Infrastructure

Symantec FileStore delivers benefits of cloud architecture and cost structures to enterprise storage environments

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Symantec Corp. today released Symantec FileStore, a new solution enabling organizations to build scalable, high-performance, file-based storage services for their enterprise, including private and public clouds. FileStore can uniquely manage and protect critical information, maximize system performance, and scale performance and capacity non-disruptively as application needs change. Organizations of any size wanting to leverage private clouds for the benefits of availability and the ability to manage large volumes of data can reduce their costs with a platform-independent software solution combined with commodity hardware.

Symantec currently deploys FileStore as the file-based storage architecture in its own cloud services, with more than 40 petabytes of online storage for more than nine million active users -- the largest SaaS storage environment in the world. Symantec also leverages Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows and Veritas Cluster Server to manage this backup storage. With FileStore, Symantec delivers reliable, high-performance, online backup services at a fraction of the cost by driving up storage utilization rates and eliminating planned downtime required to scale performance, capacity, or daily administration tasks.

With FileStore, organizations can add or remove storage dynamically without taking systems offline. 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.

A single FileStore system scales up to 16 nodes, and 2 PB of total storage. The product is designed to scale from entry-level configurations in affordable increments that match the IT organization’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.

FileStore takes advantage of Symantec’s cross-platform file system that provides the cornerstone of an effective computing environment, which began 20 years ago with the first journaled UNIX file system, Veritas Storage Foundation, and has continued to evolve with Veritas Cluster File System. FileStore provides a consistent foundation between traditional storage models and new private cloud models, designed to increase scalability to support multi-petabyte applications, while also significantly enhancing the resiliency of storage environments and keeping storage capital and operational costs low.

Symantec FileStore is available immediately. Pricing begins at $6,995 USD for two nodes and two CPU sockets. More information is available at www.symantec.com.