Citrix Extends Client Virtualization

2017-07-27T00:01:09+00:00 August 30th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Virtualization software maker Citrix Systems last week unveiled the word’s first bare-metal client hypervisor, announced a new version of its server virtualization platform and welcomed news from several partners.

Citrix used its annual Synergy show, held this year in San Francisco, to let partners and customers know that it is aiming to extend its ecosystem.

The new XenClient product is a “super fast, 64-bit, bad-to-the bone hypervisor — a true Type 1 hypervisor that bonds to the laptop and delivers a bare metal experience to the apps, OS and things that run on top of it,” said Citrix CEO Mark Templeton, speaking in his keynote address. The company made an “express kit” trial version available for download and promised general availability later this year.

“Desktop virtualization is going mainstream,” Templeton said. “It’s becoming more and more of the fabric of enterprise computing.” Computer makers Dell and Hewlett-Packard disclosed plans at the show to roll out new laptops designed to support the new XenClient hypervisor. The bare-metal client hypervisor is essentially the same technology used on servers, but designed for a client machine.

Although it’s possible to use a server hypervisor on a client machine, it’s not made for that hardware, hence it lacks support for USB devices, graphics accelerators and other features essential to the client. Templeton declared that XenClient would “change the game” by adding a local hypervisor to the laptop, allowing a single-client box to run multiple VMs.

The advantages of running multiple VMs on a single corporate laptop are myriad: A user can, for example, keep personal computing files and apps on a corporate laptop securely isolated in a separate VM. IT can provide a temporary employee or contractor with VM loaded with corporate apps.

And client-side hypervisors make provisioning to mobile client machines much simpler. “People forget that last

[point],” said Ovum senior analyst Tim Stammers. “But if you talk to IT departments, they’ll tell you making images for machines is a real pain. The local hypervisor solves that problem.”

Both Citrix and rival virtualization company VMware promised in 2008 to deliver a client-side hypervisor in 2009. “The fact that they were both late shows that this is very hard stuff,” Stammers said.

Native Bare Metal Hypervisor

XenClient is a Type 1 hypervisor, a native hypervisor that runs on bare metal. Existing Type 2 hypervisors, which have been around for a long time and allow users to do things like run Windows on a Mac (such as Player and Parallels), aren’t as secure as the native versions, Stammers said. Type 2s run on an operating system that can be hacked.

The XenClient was developed in collaboration with chip maker Intel, and optimized for Intel Core 2 desktops and laptops with its vPro technology. The hypervisor serves as “a foundation for centrally managed OS/user environments to be streamed, cached and executed locally on desktop/laptop devices, including off-network mobility,” the two companies said in a statement.

According to sources close to the company, VMware is concentrating on refining its Type 2 virtualization technology, rather than pursing a bare-metal client strategy. VMware had not returned calls for comment at press time. But Stammers believes that VMware will probably come out with a native client hypervisor later this year.

Conference attendee Larry Cohen, a systems administrator for a Silicon Valley manufacturer he preferred not to name, was impressed by the XenClient technology, but said he wished the company would focus more on XenCenter, the company’s XenServer management console. In particular, he’d like to see a better event viewer and logging capabilities. “It would make troubleshooting issues on the physical hardware a lot easier,” Cohen said.

Server Upgrade

Citrix also launched XenServer 5.6 at the show. The latest version of its server virtualization platform mainly fills in some gaps in the previous version, Stammer said. Memory management was one of the key enhancements, he said, but also pointed to new features in the Enterprise and Platinum editions, including automatic work-load balancing, power management and storage integration with StorageLink, Citrix’s platform for providing linking server virtualization to storage resources.

“This market has become a constant race to add tools,” Stammer said. “I often say that server virtualization gives you great flexibility, but flexibility can tie you in knots. So we do need these tools, and different shops need different tools.”

XenServer 5.6 comes in four editions: Free, Advanced, Enterprise and Platinum. Each edition provides additional features.

The free version of XenServer has become an “entryway for new virtualization customers” for Citrix, said IDC analayst Al Gillen. IDC is seeing a growing number of infrastructure vendors using the “free-plus-premium”offering strategy (sometimes called “freemium”) to build market share, Gillen said. 

Stammer applauded both Citrix releases, but said that the future of XenServer is uncertain. Increasingly, this market looks like it’s going to come down to Microsoft’s Hyper-V and VMware ESX, he said. He points to statements by Citrix executives, who as recently as 18 months ago, said that in the future most of Citrix’s business will come from the sale of tools used to manage Hyper-V.

HP Readies XenClient Notebooks

HP made a splash at the show with demos of the industry’s first Citrix-ready XenClient platforms. “Using a local hypervisor, the ability to bring the virtual machine down and run it locally, allows you to be productive whether you’re connected or not,” said Jeff Groudan, director of thin client solutions for HP’s person systems group. “So you have the mobility, but also a lot of the management capabilities inherent of VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure), such as being able to manage the image centrally.”

HP also gave a nod to Adobe’s recently beleaguered Flash technology with an enhancement of the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 6. RDP 6 is one of the most common VDI protocols used by VMware View and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services environments, but it doesn’t Flash natively. The RDP Enhancements for Flash is a component that runs on the thin client machine and allows the server to redirect the Flash content down to the client, which also decompresses the file.

“One of the challenges of client virtualization, whether it’s Citrix or someone else’s VDI environment, is they don’t handle Flash very elegantly,” Groudan said. “The experience may not be very good, or it may overly load down the server when they do the decompression for the thin client. The RDP Enhancements fix that problem.

“It was clear to us that complexity of client virtualization has been an inhibitor of growth in this area, Groudan added. “So we have a laser focus on simplifying the process, but also on optimizing the end-user experience.”

HP also unveiled VDI reference architectures for XenDesktop and XenServer at the Synergy event. Joseph George, client virtualization business lead for HP’s infrastructure software and blades division, said the reference architectures are the fruit of his company’s ongoing strategy of “converged infrastructure.” HP believes that that strategy can accelerate the delivery of client virtualization.

“We’ve got the best portfolio out there when it comes to converged infrastructure and client virtualization,” he said. “And the expertise we have in our ranks has allowed us to put together these new reference architectures.”

The new HP and Citrix VDI reference architectures provide the functionality of a stand-alone desktop, George said, while enabling unified management of both physical and virtual infrastructures from the same centralized console.

The HP/Citrix VDI solution supports more than 1,000 users of XenDesktop 4.0, XenServer 5.5 or Provisioning Server 5.1, George said. It leverages HP BladeSystem’s c-Class or HP ProLiant servers with HP Flex-10 technology, HP storage and networking and a choice of HP t5740 or HP t5325 thin client machines.

The big gadget news at the event came from Dell CEO and founder Michael Dell, who surprised conference attendees by officially unveiling his company’s new mini-tablet PC during his keynote. It was actually more of a teaser than an unveiling of the device a MID (mobile Internet device) dubbed The Streak, which Dell casually pulled from his pocket while onstage.

“The device we use to access our information shouldn’t matter anymore,” Dell said. “Whether it’s a phone, or a notebook, a netbook or a desktop PC, your client image can follow you everywhere.” Dell then took the wraps off The Streak, which was loaded with the Android OS and Citrix’s virtual desktop software. Dell said The Streak would be available first in Europe in June, with a U.S. launched planned for later this summer. The carrier will be AT&T.

  • By John K. Waters
    • 05/17/2010



Symantec Enables Customers to Virtualize Business Critical Applications with Confidence

2017-07-27T00:01:09+00:00 August 27th, 2010|Uncategorized|

ApplicationHA and VirtualStore to protect systems from downtime and optimize storage in VMware environments


Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that it will offer Symantec ApplicationHA and Symantec VirtualStore, two solutions that will provide customers the ability to confidently virtualize their business critical applications and minimize storage costs on the VMware platform. ApplicationHA and VirtualStore are the result of extensive collaboration between Symantec and VMware, as the companies work closely to help customers accelerate the adoption of virtualization to mainstream applications.

Symantec ApplicationHA, based on industry-leading Veritas Cluster Server technology, will provide high availability for business critical applications through application level visibility and control in VMware environments. Symantec VirtualStore, based on Veritas Storage Foundation technology, is a software-based storage management solution for VMware virtual machines that will provide rapid provisioning of servers and virtual desktops, efficient cloning and accelerated boot up of virtual machines. Both ApplicationHA and VirtualStore are seamlessly integrated with VMware management tools such as VMware vCenter Server, enabling customers to deploy these tools without impact to their operational model.

Customers have been aggressively virtualizing non-critical applications, and now that they are starting to move business critical applications like SAP and MS SQL Server databases to virtual platforms, they require high availability of the applications inside VMware virtual machines. Symantec ApplicationHA, for the first time, will ensure application high availability by providing visibility, control and integration with VMware vCenter Server and VMware High Availability (HA).

Symantec ApplicationHA:

  • Monitors applications’ health status and detects failures in the virtual machine
  • Restarts failed applications
  • Coordinates with VMware HA to restart the virtual machine, if needed


Administrators can fully manage all operations of Symantec ApplicationHA through VMware vCenter Server, avoiding the need for additional tools and associated training. Deep discovery and auto-configuration allows administrators to easily install, configure and administer Symantec ApplicationHA with a few clicks.

Built on the industry-leading Veritas Cluster Server technology, ApplicationHA supports a wide range of applications including MS SQL Server, Exchange, IIS, Oracle and SAP. It provides consistent functionality and usability across both Windows and Linux operating systems and is fully compatible with VMware vMotion and VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS).

Symantec VirtualStore: Address Storage Challenges in Virtual Infrastructures

As organizations scale their virtual environments, they find themselves challenged by the ever increasing storage requirements and performance bottlenecks that are associated with retaining hundreds or even thousands of virtual machine images on traditional hardware filers. VirtualStore will enable administrators to fully benefit from their virtualization investments with a software-based NAS solution that scales servers and storage independently, efficiently provisions virtual machines, and delivers advanced storage optimization capabilities for VMware environments.

Like ApplicationHA, VirtualStore fully integrates with VMware vCenter Server. Based on Symantec’s industry leading Veritas Storage Foundation technology, VirtualStore can:

  • Help customers reduce storage costs associated with virtual machine sprawl and improve the performance of virtual infrastructures
  • Enable administrators to dramatically reduce the cost per virtual machine by repurposing existing storage investments or using inexpensive or commodity storage
  • Help IT organizations reduce their storage footprint by storing only the differences between the parent virtual machine image and each clone
  • Significantly drive down total cost of ownership by taking advantage of the benefits of thin provisioning


Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments can also be managed more efficiently. VirtualStore’s ‘FileSnap’ feature lets administrators easily and rapidly clone and provision thousands of virtual machines in minutes through its VMware vCenter Server integration. Through innovative page caching, VirtualStore also eliminates the performance bottlenecks created when multiple users boot up their virtual machines (‘Bootstorm’).


Symantec Backup Exec 2010: Reliable Backup and Recovery Designed for Your Growing Business

2017-07-27T00:01:09+00:00 August 25th, 2010|Uncategorized|


Symantec Backup Exec™ 2010 delivers market leading backup and recovery protection from server to desktop. Easily protect more data while you reduce storage costs and improve backup performance through integrated deduplication and archiving technology. Reduce business downtime with unmatched technology that recovers critical Microsoft applications and VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments in seconds. Meet your recovery point objectives with continuous data protection to ensure reliable recovery of an entire application and efficiently restore a granular email or individual file/folder.

Symantec Backup Exec also delivers centralized management to easily extend your backup infrastructure across a distributed environment and remote offices so your server and desktop data protection is easily managed from a central office as your business grows. Efficiently manage both Windows and non-Windows systems through a single console including UNIX, Linux, MAC, and NetWare, including remote media server support for Linux servers. Overall, Backup Exec 2010 is designed to readily optimize any Windows data protection strategy – helping you protect more data while utilizing less storage – overall saving you time and money.

Key Benefits

Delivers market-leading Windows data protection with

more than 1.5 million customers globally

• Reduce storage costs while optimizing network utilization through integrated deduplication and archiving   technology.

• First-to-market granular recovery for Exchange, SQL and Active Directory environments running in a VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V environment.

• Microsoft certified backup and recovery for the latest Windows environment, including Windows 2008 R2, Exchange 2010 SP1, and Windows 7.

• Comprehensive disk and tape storage for the latest physical and virtual server systems though one console  including VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual systems.

• Reduce storage requirements and recovery times with patent-pending granular data recovery of leading Microsoft applications, including Exchange, SharePoint and Active Directory.

• Protect non-Windows servers and maximize performance of supported NDMP filers and SAN environments through scalable remote agents and options.

• Easily update and manage a growing Backup Exec infrastructure throughout a Windows datacenter, distributed throughout the network or at remote offices from one console.

• Eliminate the backup window and ensure recovery point objectives are easily met for Exchange, File Servers and desktop data with Continuous Data Protection.

Comprehensive Backup and Recovery

Symantec Backup Exec 2010 offers a comprehensive backup and recovery solution in one product suite, which reduces the complexity of protecting your company’s most valuable asset—its data. Whether that data resides on a Windows file server; on a desktop; virtual server; or on a critical application server like Exchange, SQL, or SharePoint, Symantec Backup Exec 2010 provides full protection and recovery for both data and systems. Designed to meet the growing needs of today’s businesses, Symantec Backup Exec 2010 delivers comprehensive disk or tape data protection and recovery for Windows environments. Backup Exec provides integrated deduplication and archiving, plus, continuous data protection—eliminating backup windows altogether, speeding up data recovery, and enabling end users to recover their own files without IT intervention. Symantec Backup Exec 2010 also delivers patent-pending Granular Recovery Technology allowing businesses to recover data in seconds, including business-critical information such as individual email messages, folders, and documents, from a single backup. An optional centralized administration console provides scalable management of distributed backup servers. New infrastructure management is also available for simplified inventory, deployment and upgrades of Backup Exec licenses and software patches though a single console.

Overall, sophisticated database and groupware agents and storage options easily expand data protection to protect to critical applications and provide added flexibility for virtually any storage environments.

New Product Highlights


• NEW integrated deduplication option (using Symantec NetBackup PureDisk technology) reduces backup times and storage costs.

• NEW unified archiving (powered by Symantec Enterprise Vault) efficiently consolidates growing Exchange and File server data volumes and automates efficient data lifecycle management practices.

• NEW virtual server application support including with first-to-market Exchange, SQL and Active Directory backup and recovery for virtual environments and enhanced VMware vSphere 4.1 and Microsoft Hyper-V R2.

• Windows 7, Exchange 2010 SP1, SharePoint 2010, SQL 2008 R2, MAC OSX 10.6 and Windows Server 2008 R2 support provides comprehensive protection for the latest Windows and MAC environments.

• Enhanced Agent for Enterprise Vault automates backup and recovery of both Enterprise Vault 8 and 9 with theability to easily recover an Enterprise Vault site or individual indexes.

• NEW Lotus Domino 8.5.x support with simplified backup and recovery of the Domino Attachment and Object Service (DAOS) store and associated NLO files.

• Enhanced Virtual Tape Library (VTL) support and licensing, easily protect a VTL storage environment as a unique device and view valid VTL functions with new licensing per VTL environment.

• Enhanced installation and backup wizards reduce the time and complexity of setting up your backup environment.

• NEW Backup recommendation tool identifies potential gaps in your Windows backup strategy and provides recommendations on the agent(s) required to ensure complete data protection.

Proven and Reliable

Symantec Backup Exec is based on over two decades of proven, Microsoft certified engineering. The innovative architecture fully incorporates Microsoft design standards, helping to ensure 100 percent compatibility with the latest Microsoft Windows Server. Backup Exec also provides added security with flexible 128-bit or 265-bit AES encryption across the network or off to storage devices so critical data is secure whether in transit or at rest. Symantec Backup Exec 2010 delivers an easy to mange interface and calendar view to quickly track and monitor backup and recovery jobs. In addition, Backup Exec simplifies installation and backups with its Pre-Install Environment Checker, which highlights any potential issues before the software is installed. With its Job Test Run, Symantec Backup Exec 2010 will identify potential problems that cause job failures, and then notify the administrator so that corrective action can be taken. Realize further benefits with automatic discovery of new resources, which enables administrators to create a job for detecting new, unprotected resources that are at risk and in need of backup. All of these tools reduce the time and resources needed to install and run Backup Exec, while improving overall backup performance.

Support Services

No matter the size of your company, a service interruption can mean significant loss to your business. Symantec recommends Essential Support Services as the service level of protection for most businesses.

• Reassurance of knowing your Backup Exec products are up to date with the latest updates and version releases

• Cost savings that come with selecting a value-priced service plan

• 24×7 expert problem resolutions through Symantec’s global support and delivery team

Available Products, Agents and Options

Symantec Backup Exec 2010 provides scalable easy-to manage backup and recovery protection for Windows based environments. Symantec Backup Exec agents and options easily expand any Backup Exec environment to support critical applications, databases, and storage configurations:

Core Licenses

• Symantec Backup Exec 2010

• Symantec Backup Exec 2010 for Windows Small Business Server (view Small Business Server data sheet)

Symantec Backup Exec Suites

• NEW Symantec Backup Exec 2010 Deduplication Suite

• NEW Symantec Backup Exec 2010 Deduplication and Archiving Suite

• NEW Symantec Backup Exec 2010 VMware Suite

• NEW Symantec Backup Exec 2010 Hyper-V Suite

Symantec Backup Exec Agents

• Enhanced Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructures

• Enhanced Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V

• Enhanced Agent for Enterprise Vault™

• Enhanced Agent for Lotus Domino Server

• Enhanced Agent for Microsoft Exchange Server

• Agent for Active Directory

• Agent for DB2 on Windows Servers

• Agent for Microsoft SQL Server

• Agent for Microsoft SharePoint

• Agent for Oracle on Windows and Linux Servers

• Agent for SAP Applications

• Agent for Windows Systems

• Remote Agent for Linux or UNIX Servers

• Remote Media Agent for Linux Servers

• Remote Agent for Macintosh Servers

• Remote Agent for NetWare Servers

Symantec Backup Exec Options

• NEW Deduplication Option

• NEW Exchange Mailbox Archiving Option

• NEW File System Archiving Option

• NEW Virtual Tape Library Unlimited Drive Option

• Advanced Disk-Based Backup Option

• Central Admin Server Option

• Desktop and Laptop Option

• Library Expansion Option

• NDMP Option

• SAN Shared Storage Option

• Open File for Netware Option

Coretek Services is a Michigan based Systems Integration and IT consulting company that works with virtualization infrastructure, and is also a Symantec Gold Partner specializing in Symantec Enterprise Vault (SEV), Symantec Backup Exec (SBE), and Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP).  Please contact us today for any virtualization requirements, or Symantec Product requirements.


Symantec Endpoint Protection: The next generation of antivirus technology from Symantec

2017-07-27T00:01:09+00:00 August 24th, 2010|Uncategorized|


Advanced threat protection

Symantec™ Endpoint Protection combines Symantec AntiVirus™ with advanced threat prevention to deliver an unmatched defense against malware for laptops, desktops, and servers. It provides protection against even the most sophisticated attacks that evade traditional security measures, such as rootkits, zero-day attacks, and mutating spyware. Symantec Endpoint Protection delivers more than world-class, industry-leading antivirus and antispyware signature-based protection. It also provides advanced threat

prevention that protects endpoints from targeted attacks and attacks not seen before. It includes turnkey, proactive technologies that automatically analyze application behaviors and network communications to detect and block suspicious activities, as well as administrative control features that allow you to deny specific device and application activities deemed as high risk for your organization. You can even block specific actions based on the location of the user.

 This multilayered approach significantly lowers risks and gives you the confidence that your business assets are protected. It is a comprehensive product that gives you the capabilities you need now, along with the ability to enable the pieces you need, as you need them. Whether the attack is coming from a malicious insider or is externally motivated, endpoints will be protected. Symantec Endpoint Protection increases protection and helps lower your total cost of ownership by reducing administrative overhead as well as the costs associated with managing multiple endpoint security products. It provides a single agent that is administered by a single management console. This simplifies endpoint security administration and provides operational efficiencies such as single software updates and policy updates, unified and central reporting, and a single licensing and maintenance program. Symantec Endpoint Protection is easy to implement and deploy. Symantec provides a range of consulting, technical education, and support services that guide organizations through the migration, deployment, and management of the solution and help them realize the full value of their investment. For organizations that want to outsource security monitoring and management, Symantec also offers Managed Security Services to deliver real-time security protection.


Key benefits


Comprehensive protection—Symantec Endpoint Protection integrates best-of-breed technologies to stop security threats—even from the most devious new and unknown attackers—before they penetrate the network. It detects and blocks malicious software in real time, including viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, adware, and rootkits.

Proactive protection—TruScan™ Proactive Threat Scan is a unique Symantec technology used to score both good and bad behaviors of unknown applications, enhancing detection and reducing false positives without the need to create rule based configurations.

Industry-best threat landscape intelligence—Symantec protection mechanisms leverage the industry-leading Global Intelligence Network to deliver an unparalleled view of the entire Internet threat landscape. This intelligence results in actionable protection and peace of mind against evolving attacks.


Single agent, single console—A full range of security technologies are integrated into a single agent and a centralized management console, with an intuitive user interface and Web-based graphical reporting. You are able to set and enforce security policies across the enterprise to protect your critical assets. Symantec Endpoint Protection simplifies management, reduces system resource usage, and requires no additional agents when adding Symantec Network Access Control support. Symantec Network Access Control features are automatically enabled on the agent and management console with the purchase of a license.

Easy to deploy—Because it requires only a single agent and management console and it operates with an organization’s existing security and IT investments, Symantec Endpoint Protection is easy to implement and deploy. For organizations that want to outsource security monitoring and management, Symantec offers Managed Security Services to deliver real-time security protection.

Lower cost of ownership—Symantec Endpoint Protection delivers a lower total cost of ownership by reducing administrative overhead as well as the costs associated with managing multiple endpoint security products. This unified approach to endpoint security simplifies administration and

provides operational efficiencies such as single software updates and policy updates, unified and central reporting, and a single licensing and maintenance program.


Easy to install, configure, and manage—Symantec Endpoint Protection makes it easy to enable/disable and configure desired technologies to fit into your environment.

Symantec Network Access Control ready—Each endpoint becomes “Symantec Network Access Control ready,” eliminating the need to deploy additional network access control endpoint agent software.

Leverages existing security technologies and IT

investments—Symantec Endpoint Protection works with other leading antivirus products, firewalls, IPS technologies, and network access control infrastructures. It also works with leading software deployment tools, patch management tools, and security information management tools.

Integration with Altiris endpoint management

solutions—Distributing software packages, migrating older Symantec AntiVirus™ or other antivirus deployments, and viewing new agent rollout status and activity is easier.

Key features


More than antivirus

Antivirus and antispyware—Provides unmatched, best of- breed malware protection, including market-leading antivirus protection, enhanced spyware protection, new rootkit protection, reduced memory footprint, and new dynamic performance adjustments to keep users productive.

Network threat protection—A rules-based firewall engine and Generic Exploit Blocking (GEB) block malware before it can enter a system.

Proactive threat protection—Providing protection against unseen threats (i.e., zero-day threats), it includes TruScan Proactive Threat Scan, which does not rely on a signature.

Single agent and single management console—Antivirus, antispyware, desktop firewall, IPS, device and application control, and network access control (with the purchase of a Symantec Network Access Control license) are provided on a single agent—all managed by a single console.

Coretek Services is a Michigan based Systems Integration and IT consulting company that works with virtualization infrastructure, and is also a Symantec Gold Partner specializing in Symantec Enterprise Vault (SEV), Symantec Backup Exec (SBE), and Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP).  Please contact us today for any virtualization requirements, or Symantec Product requirements.


Simplifying IT with Dell EqualLogic

2017-07-27T00:01:09+00:00 August 23rd, 2010|Uncategorized|

The Dell EqualLogic PS Series is a family of virtualized iSCSI storage arrays that combine intelligence and automation with fault tolerance to provide simplified administration, rapid deployment, enterprise performance and reliability, and seamless scalability. The PS Series high performance storage arrays deliver a range of capacity points from 400 GB to 48 TB in either a 3U or 4U chassis. PS Series arrays can be combined to create a virtualized SAN that scales up to 768 TB under a single management interface.

Ease of use • Intelligent, automated management helps minimize tedious administrative tasks

• From box to operating SAN in minutes

• Monitor petabytes of storage across dozens of SANs from a single console




• Modular design allows growth when needed

• Online expansion between hardware generations

• Linear scalability — scale capacity and performance together

• Manage a growing pool of storage from one single user interface

• Thin provisioning to increase space efficiency for optimal capacity utilization

• Expand overall group capacity by mixing pools of 6000 and 6500 arrays



Enterprise efficiency

• Addition of 10GbE supports high-performance, high-bandwidth applications such as data warehouses and streaming media

• Maximize your IT investments with an end-to-end unified fabric data center encompassing servers, EqualLogic storage and Networking

• Enterprise level virtualized storage that matches virtualized server environments

• Support for multi-tiered application designs with automated tiering included in hybrid models  (6000XVS & 6010XVS)

  Enterprise performance • Exceptional performance for both sequential and transactional applications with linear scalability as arrays are added

• Automated, real-time load balancing across drives, RAID sets, connections, cache and controllers for optimized performance and resource utilization

• Pooling capability enables appropriate service levels for individual applications




• Fault tolerant, fully redundant dual controller

• Designed for 99.999% availability

• Enterprise-class RAID protection

• Full hardware redundancy — hot swappable controllers, fans, power supplies, disks




• All-inclusive enterprise features and functionality with no additional software licenses to purchase

• Easy connection via iSCSI

• Automated features help to eliminate highly specialized administrative costs

• Adopt 10GbE and run both 1GbE and 10GbE in the same environment without de-valuing legacy equipment

• EqualLogic SANs have the lowest TCO of common storage array architectures—fully 1/3 to 1/2 the total cost of competitors over a five year period2


Coretek Services is a Michigan based Systems Integration and IT consulting company that not only works with virtualization infrastructure such as VMware, Citrix XenServer, and Microsoft Hyper-V, but also is a Michigan based reseller of Dell EqualLogic SANs.  Please contact us today for any virtualization requirements, storage requirements, or specific Dell EqualLogic SAN needs.


Symantec Enterprise Vault Archiving Framework Overview

2017-07-27T00:01:09+00:00 August 23rd, 2010|Uncategorized|

Over 5,000 global customers use Enterprise Vault as an archiving framework to reduce risk and increase operational efficiency

Business is drowning in data. As part of the normal daily operation large numbers of emails and documents are generated; buyers may negotiate purchasing contracts over email, financial analysts may share data via Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server, and product managers may publish pricing and competitive information via file shares. All of these activities are fundamental to the smooth operation of the business and all generate business records, which, at some point, may be required for regulatory, litigation, or knowledge purposes.

Today’s complex storage and server infrastructures are not designed to cope with the efficient long-term retention of large volumes of data. The backup/recovery process becomes impossible within a reasonable timeframe. Keeping up with and exploiting the latest software capabilities raises the huge challenge of migrating legacy data. With IT budgets and resources stretched to the limit, the temptation to purge historical data is strong. But the increasing legal and regulatory demands mean this is not an option.


Flexibility and adaptability
Delivering value today, meeting your future needs

Without a flexible approach to storage the operational risks are overwhelming.  Without an adaptable platform for information exploitation the risk of non-compliance could be catastrophic. Imposing complex document retention solutions on your users will result in overload. Enterprise Vault is designed to deliver long-term, archival storage of multiple types of data. The information and data lifecycles are managed and relevant content can be found on demand.  A complete solution is delivered without disruption to the user, avoiding the need to change business processes and retrain staff.  The heart of this solution is the Enterprise Vault archiving framework.  Designed to offer secure, scalable information retention that is nonintrusive for the user, the framework is a natural evolution of Symantec’s market-leading archiving solution deployed around the world.

The archiving framework

Every organization is different. You need a solution that meets your business and operational needs, taking into account your current and potential future requirements. The archiving framework delivers the exact solution you require today, giving you the platform to meet current and future information retention requirements and exploit advances in storage and server technology. The framework consists of services grouped into a number of modules. By providing such a modular solution Symantec maximizes the value of your investment.

Components of archiving

The solution of the archiving problem can be broken down into a number of areas; each of these is represented by a layer in the archiving framework.

Enterprise Vault Repository

Central to every organization is the creation and ongoing management of the archive and its contents. This capability is delivered by the Enterprise Vault Repository. This is designed to deliver the capability to securely retain archived data in such a way that it can be fully exploited, and disposed of when it is no longer required. The Repository is designed to:

• Store archived content on the most appropriate platform

 • Compress and single-instance for storage reduction

 • Index content for rapid and targeted retrieval

 • Render an HTML copy of all archived content, thereby

   securing future accessibility

 • Utilize user authentication security controls

 • Define and implement retention and deletion policies


Content sources

Enterprise Vault is designed to store content from multiple data sources. Movement of content from the application to the Repository is carried out transparently via policy control. This ensures that fundamental records can be retained without affecting normal daily operations.

Open storage layer

The Repository provides for retention of the archive on the initial storage platform. Depending on the size of the organization and the nature of the content, there may be a need to use other types of storage, or indeed consolidate and partition archives for maximum efficiency. Your storage infrastructure may contain SAN and NAS technology and increasingly may embrace newer technologies such as EMC Centera and Network Appliance NearStore. The timescale for retention of content may be a few years, or a few decades. Today’s storage media may be regarded as legacy in the future. Storage lifecycle management

therefore is paramount to the long-term usefulness of archived content. To facilitate true lifecycle management the Open Storage Layer allows policy-based migration of archived data across storage media through time. This allows you to take advantage of the storage media best suited to the content’s age and usage profile, and reduce the total cost of storing the archive.

Performance and scalability infrastructure

The Enterprise Vault Repository is architected to provide the optimal performance for single or distributed server solutions. As the deployment environment becomes more complex, so it becomes important to have the ability to deploy components of Enterprise Vault in a distributed manner. Symantec and its partners have tested Enterprise Vault to beyond 100,000 users. A building block approach allows different servers to be used for archiving, indexing, journaling, and many other activities.

Universal access layer

Due to the wide range of data sources that can be archived, and the many ways in which end users work, it is important to provide an adaptable user interface. One of the key premises of Enterprise Vault is that end users should not have to change the way they work as a result of the implementation of archiving. Email clients should still be able to access current and historical email; file system content should still be accessible, and when working offline, archived email should still be available. To this end, Enterprise Vault has available a wide variety of client options:

• Transparent shortcuts in Microsoft Outlook®

• Universal shortcuts for non-Outlook clients

• Full access from Microsoft Outlook Web Access

• Transparent placeholders for archived file system content

• Hierarchical “Explorer” view across all archived sources

• Offline access for mobile and remote users

• Simple and extended full text search capabilities from

Outlook and Web interfaces The implementation of archiving and keeping of business records need not be intrusive for end users. They use familiar tools and continue to work as before.

Archive exploitation

Reducing the overall cost of storage should be only part of the TCO addressed by an archiving solution. Content is being kept because at some point in the future you will need to access it; otherwise, why would you keep it? Typically business records need to be accessed as part of a regulatory action, or as part of a litigation action. In both of these circumstances it is paramount that the information can be found very quickly and that only relevant information is disclosed. The ability to search the archive is only one part of the requirement. Locating the right set of content in response to litigation (perhaps as part of a contractual dispute) will require multiple searches. Search sets will require review by people with different levels of experience. An audit will be required of how decisions were made on what material to disclose. There is a process to this and it requires workflow. Enterprise Vault business accelerators deliver this workflow and drive the discovery or compliance process. Initially there are two business accelerators available within the framework:

• Discovery of content in response to litigation or a similar

   event (Discovery Accelerator)

• Regulatory supervision in line with finance regulations

   (Compliance Accelerator)

Framework benefits

• Built upon proven solutions from the market leader
• Supports many different content sources, not just email
• Nonintrusive for the end user
• Flexible deployment options
• Complete exploitation of archived content
• Addresses operational efficiency and compliance
• Enables information and storage lifecycle management
• Adaptable for future needs
• Reduces cost, reduces risk

Both Accelerators use the inherent search capability of Enterprise Vault to gather records that may be relevant to a case. The records are then assigned to a reviewer who is responsible for deciding whether the records are relevant to the case in hand. If in doubt, the decision can be cascaded to more experienced reviewers. The end result is a set of business records of absolute relevance, which may then be packaged for disclosure. Throughout the process an audit trail is retained.

Archiving for compliance, records management and

operational efficiency

Reducing risk and increasing efficiency

Enterprise Vault provides a framework of solutions that will increase your operational efficiency and decrease your business risk. Compliance is not just about email retention. Reducing cost is not just about storage optimization. Symantec helps you move beyond simply archiving email. We work with you to deliver a solution that allows email and other critical content sources to be archived and exploited on demand. This approach brings operational benefit to the data sources and preserves records for future use. Today your organization is looking for an application to underpin your compliance initiatives and reduce the future TCO of your storage and information infrastructure. Enterprise Vault is the proven solution.

Coretek Services is a Michigan based Systems Integration and IT consulting company that works with virtualization infrastructure, and is also a Symantec Gold Partner specializing in Symantec Enterprise Vault (SEV), Symantec Backup Exec (SBE), and Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP).  Please contact us today for any virtualization requirements, or Symantec Product requirements.



Symantec Health Image Share

2017-07-27T00:01:09+00:00 August 13th, 2010|Uncategorized|

     Symantec Health Image Share

Secure image sharing with any doctor in the country 

Solution Highlights


  • Streamlines setup and account administration with data import and update functions
  • Eliminates the need for specialized software downloads, VPNs, or frustrating reboots
  • Enables clinicians to focus on patient care, not the technology


  • Allows a physician to easily locate a study and send it to another physician using intuitive search-and-send functionality
  • Provides interactive view functions such as scroll, zoom and pan, flip and rotate, image orientation, and motion view cine loops, to support efficient viewing
  • Enables simultaneous access and viewing of images and videos produced from different modalities, along with metadata and diagnostic reports, all from a single console
  • Allows easy image downloading and import into the PACS if needed


  • Protects patient’s images from unauthorized access using dual authentication
  • Tracks and reports each share and view action using audit logs
  • Secures medical image data using proven practices and best-of-breed security and availability products


Symantec Launches Hosted Medical Image Archiving and Sharing

2017-07-27T00:01:09+00:00 August 12th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Symantec offers healthcare providers hosted solutions to reduce storage costs and streamline medical image sharing

Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced Symantec Health, a new hosted medical image archiving and sharing solution for healthcare providers, that helps lower storage costs and provides secure, Web-based image sharing for non-affiliated hospitals and physicians. The new Symantec Health Safe solution consists of two components: Symantec Health Safe and Symantec Health Image Share.

With medical images increasing in volume and density and longer retention periods occurring, storage costs are growing exponentially. Many IT organizations struggle to accurately budget and fund on-site storage. Symantec Health Safe addresses the high cost of storage by providing affordable capacity on-demand and business continuity.

“Health IT executives continually cite the soaring costs associated with medical image storage as one of the biggest challenges they face,” said Lori Wright, vice president and general manager of the Electronic Health Group at Symantec. “Symantec’s security and storage management expertise and its leading Software as a Service portfolio are key reasons why many healthcare industry leaders trust Symantec to deliver these new hosted offerings in a cost-effective and secure way.”

According to Rick Schooler, vice president and chief information officer of Orlando Health, a 1,800 bed hospital system in Orlando, FL, “Symantec has been able to create an affordable alternative to onsite storage to help reduce image archiving costs and capital expenses while enhancing business continuity. A key advantage of Symantec Health is its surprisingly quick deployment and integration with the existing Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS).”

In addition, Symantec Health Image Share enables healthcare providers to confidently share images and reports with non-affiliated hospitals and physicians over the Internet, reducing the inconvenience and costs associated with CDs and DVDs used in many organizations today.

“Symantec offers secure image sharing that is like a social network for healthcare—one clinician can invite another clinician to view images without having to implement complex interfaces,” said Dr. John Halamka, chief information officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.

Key features and benefits of Symantec Health solutions include:

Symantec Health Safe:

  • Affordable and reliable storage to accommodate the growing number and size of medical images
  • Capacity on demand and business analytics to provide budget predictability and control
  • Business continuity to ensure that medical images are secure and available in the event of a business disruption, a disaster or a security breach

Symantec Health Image Share:

  • Ability for non-affiliated clinicians to search, view and download images with a physician-friendly Web interface
  • Secure provider-to-provider image sharing to streamline clinical operations, reduce re-imaging, and enable hospital outreach for expanding the referral network



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