Xen Forges Storage Bond with Symantec

Arthur Cole

There's been so much going on this week that we almost missed an intriguing union between XenSource and Symantec.


The deal, says eWEEK, brings together the XenEnterprise virtualization platform with the Veritas Storage Foundation, giving Xen a single-administrator storage management solution that covers virtually all major server and storage arrays. Xen users also get features like optimized utilization, dynamic multipath and point-in-time copying.


Xen is also developing a new failover system to tie into the Symantec management stack. It's called XenEnterprise HighAvailability and is aimed specifically at disruptions that might take out one or more virtual machines.


The deal strikes one of XenSource's major drawbacks when compared to virtualization leader VMware: lack of a solid storage management partner. VMware has ties to EMC, although the two are not close enough to block further deals with IBM, HP and others.


With Symantec on board, XenSource just might be able to chip away a little more at VMware's market share.

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