Symantec Helps Organizations Confidently Deploy, Monitor, Manage Virtualized Applications

Symantec ApplicationHA integrates with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, enables rapid deployment of business critical applications.

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Symantec Corp. has enriched its Symantec ApplicationHA, Symantec’s high-availability solution for VMware virtual environments to enable customers to confidently 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 ApplicationHA, based on Veritas Cluster Server technology, 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.

With this release, Symantec provides an application-aware disaster recovery solution thanks to 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 continues 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.

New Dashboard Management, Enhanced Installation

ApplicationHA now features new extensive 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.

ApplicationHA is now easier to install; users can “push install” directly from the VMware vSphere client. This allows users to simply install the VMware vCenter Server plugin and do everything else -- from install, configuration, and on-going management of ApplicationHA -- directly from the VMware vSphere client. These enhancements enable the installation experience to be similar between Linux and Windows guest OSs.

Pricing and Availability

Symantec ApplicationHA 5.1 SP2 is now available worldwide with a list price of $350 USD per virtual machine. Symantec ApplicationHA supports major platforms including Windows, RedHat Enterprise Linux, and SuSE Linux Enterprise.

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