Symantec Corp has released it has signed a new interoperability agreement with Oracle providing for qualification of Veritas Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC synchronously with the release of new Oracle RAC offerings.
The agreement governs the companies' joint engineering efforts around Veritas Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC on IBM AIX, HP-UX, and Sun Solaris.
Veritas Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC is a proven solution that delivers and manages highly available Oracle RAC databases. With this new agreement, Symantec is the only software platform partner included in the Oracle RAC Program. Veritas Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC certifications will be part of Oracle's release process and will be immediately supported with each new release of Oracle RAC. Veritas Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC includes market leading Veritas Cluster Server and Veritas Storage Foundation technology, allowing customers to standardise on common infrastructure across the data centre, reducing cost and complexity within the enterprise data centre.
According to Symantec, Veritas Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC provides the industry's only heterogeneous cluster file system supporting Oracle RAC, which enables its joint customers to increase storage utilisation and operational efficiency, rapidly move information based on changing business needs, and protect critical data and applications. This extended agreement reaffirms Symantec's ongoing commitment to help organisations using Oracle RAC maintain high degree of performance and uptime through its storage management and high-availability technologies.
Symantec and Oracle continue with certification of Veritas Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC on various UNIX platforms, and recently the Symantec solution was certified on multiple platforms with Oracle 10gR2.
The technology agreement released today covers both Oracle 10g and Oracle RAC 11g. Symantec will deploy engineers and systems at Oracle to complete testing and certification as part of Oracle's release cycle.
Also as part of the renewed UNIX technology agreement, Symantec will support Oracle's Automatic Storage Management (ASM) over VxVM and CVM for Oracle RAC on AIX, HP-UX, and Solaris. This support will enable Oracle RAC to leverage the dynamic multi-pathing capabilities of Veritas Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC, which maximises performance by load-balancing I/O activity across all available paths and reduces total cost of ownership by eliminating the need for third-party multi-pathing software.
In addition, Symantec is working to develop an Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) grid control plug-in for Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC. This plug-in will provide database administrators a view into Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC and highlight how database files, control files, redo logs, and tablespaces are allocated; see mount points, mount properties, volume usage; view detailed property information for volumes; and more.
Veritas Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC leverages Symantec's industry-leading Veritas Storage Foundation, Veritas Cluster File System, and Veritas Cluster Server solutions and has been tightly integrated with Oracle RAC to provide a reliable, easy-to-use storage and cluster management solution. It also provides a single management view for all storage management tasks, enabling IT organisations to install, configure, manage, and perform tasks centrally, independent of server or storage hardware.