Enterprises are quickly evolving to adopt and implement virtualization across their entire infrastructure for multiple reasons: improved economies of scale, improved efficiencies and better utilization of existing resources just to name a few. But as enterprises move down this path, they may sometimes feel like they are flying blind unable to see how their underlying physical resources are being used and where potential challenges lay. It is this foundational visibility into virtual as well as physical infrastructures that Symantec’s recently announced V-Ray technology delivers so enterprises can start down the road of confidently managing this emerging infrastructure.
An excellent blog entry that describes the issue of virtual infrastructure visibility (or invisibility as the case may be) was recently posted on VMware’s community blog site. In it the author described five issues that make visualizing and managing virtual environments difficult:
- Many moving parts in each layer of the virtualization stack
- Interconnectedness of resource usage
- Constant change and automation in the environment
- Intense, repeatable data analysis is necessary to “see” what’s going on
- Aligning the multiple skills, knowledge sets and IT team members
Those points pretty well summarize why virtual infrastructures are so difficult to manage and visibility by itself insufficient. Once insight into the infrastructure is achieved, enterprises still need to make sense of the information and then act on it accordingly.
While no one yet delivers all of these components, it is this foundational visibility into the virtual infrastructure that Symantec’s V-Ray technology offers so enterprises can get to these next stages of analyzing their infrastructure and then managing it.
V-Ray technology is already found in part across Symantec’s portfolio of software. For example, Symantec Backup Exec and NetBackup contribute to the goal of V-Ray by providing visibility into virtual machine (VM) backups with their single pass backup and granular recovery technology (GRT.)
Other backup software products first have to first backup the VM and then mount the backup image somewhere in order to access the VM image and then index the data inside it. Symantec eliminates that step by indexing the data as it is backed up so it can be recovered in a single step. So in the context of V-Ray, Backup Exec and NetBackup and their inherent “V-Ray” capabilities may now be called upon by Symantec to grant enterprises deeper insight into what data resides in their backup data stores.
No one likes to feel like they are flying blind yet enterprise data centers are being asked to deploy virtual infrastructures with limited visibility into this environment and almost no ability to analyze and manage it. Symantec recognizes that its existing software portfolio already possesses many of the features that enterprises need to deliver a complete view of their virtual and their physical infrastructures.
So by identifying which features inside of each product contribute to this view, identifying where additional capabilities are needed and then weaving them all together, Symantec can deliver to enterprises the visibility that they need across both their virtual and physical infrastructure. But maybe more importantly, Symantec is setting the stage to deliver the management and policy driven data center that they will want in the very near future.