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  • Writer's pictureVirgil Dobos

Software-Defined Infrastructure for the Enterprise

Updated: Apr 9, 2020

IT infrastructure transformation continues to change business landscapes at a high rate. Nowhere is the impact more evident than in how organizations evaluate the role of IT in their business.

A major objective of IT in modern businesses is to deliver a competitive edge by supporting the mission-critical applications that are an organization’s lifeline. However, adopting an application-focused approach leaves organizations struggling with multiple challenges:

Business continuity - Regardless of whether business-critical applications are deployed in physical, virtual or cloud environments, it is imperative to minimize any downtime because such incidents have direct business impacts.

Application demands on infrastructure - Modern applications have varying performance, storage capacity, recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) needs that are difficult to achieve using existing infrastructure and without massive new IT investments.

Modern technology orchestration - Adopting new technologies is complex and the benefits are often outweighed by business disruptions, vendor lock-in, massive CapEx investments and compromises on data and application availability.


InfoScale’s software-defined infrastructure offers distinct benefits such as greater agility and enhanced quality of service (QoS) by supporting all major platforms including hypervisors, Unix, Linux and Windows on your hardware of choice. Using a single, InfoScalebased solution to manage different types of storage—including spinning disks, solid state drives, storage area networks (SANs), direct-attached storage (DAS) or “just a bunch of disks” (JBOD) - greatly simplifies storage management and reduces costs.

InfoScale comprises a suite of software products that offer a variety of advantages including those described below.

Ensure Availability and Quality of Service for Mission-Critical Applications

Normally, all applications accessing data from the storage pool get the same level of storage performance. Not all applications are born equal, however—some are more mission-critical than others. Veritas SmartIO allows administrators to match the QoS to the importance of the application, essentially fine-tuning the infrastructure to hit important service-level agreements (SLAs) while minimizing over-provisioning of resources. SmartIO can be enabled at the block or file level to satisfy SLAs and applications’ performance characteristics without manipulating the architecture or requiring downtime.

Leverage In-Server Storage Capabilities

Traditionally, a SAN is needed to provide high availability for data. When a node fails, data needs to be accessible to other nodes. Because InfoScale virtualizes back-end storage into a pool of capacity that all servers can use, DAS is always accessible. Flexible Storage Sharing is a feature of the Veritas Cluster File System that enables any local device to be shared with other members of the cluster. It combines shared and direct-attached storage for near-local read and write performance to and from remote disks. This approach results in a highly resilient configuration, extending traditional volume manager and file system capabilities to “shared nothing” environments.

Safeguard Data with Advanced Storage Service Capabilities

InfoScale includes advanced services such as storage tiering, dynamic multipathing, thin reclamation, deduplication, compression and embedded cache for solid state devices. These advanced storage services can be delivered across any platform, including Linux®, Microsoft® Windows® or virtual machines (VMs).

Simplify Storage Management with Automation

By using defined policies, InfoScale simplifies management and helps storage administrators focus on higher-level tasks rather than being distracted by immediate problems that can degrade SLAs. InfoScale Operations Manager centrally manages application, server and storage environments, delivering faster application deployment and higher service levels while reducing errors. Operations Manager can also identify and visualize potential application and storage problems by correlating health and status across multiple applications, servers, storage and replication resources.

To read more, please refer this Veritas document.

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