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Storage management and backup solutions specialist Symantec
announced enhancements to the FileStore N8300, the latest version of
its clustered, network attached storage appliance, designed to help
small to medium-size businesses (SMBs) build virtual environments and
cloud storage, manage large volumes of data and control the costs of
associated storage.

Certified for VMware environments,
FileStore N8300 is integrated with VMware vCenter Server. FileStore
N8300 helps enable businesses to optimize storage costs associated with
virtual machine sprawl and provision servers and virtual desktops
through cloning and de-duplication of virtual machine images. FileStore
N8300 5.7 is now available with prices starting at $50,000.

With FileStore N8300, organizations can manage from within VMware
vCenter Server or with a VMware View plug-in. With this release,
organizations can optimize storage consumption in a VMware environment
with cloning and deduplication of VMDKs, provision thousands of servers
and virtual desktops with cloning of VMDKs, via VMware vCenter Server
or VMware View plug-in, and increase VMware performance and remove
controller bottlenecks with scale-out storage technology, as well as
overcome boot-storm challenges with page caching capabilities.

“Organizations are faced with the difficult tasks of managing data
growth and controlling storage costs as they more widely adopt
virtualization,” said Yogesh Agrawal, vice president of Symantec’s
FileStore product group. “With Symantec FileStore N8300, we are making
it easier for customers to store and manage large volumes of data, and
provide advanced storage optimization capabilities to cost-effectively
store virtual machine images and address the performance challenges as
they scale their virtual environments.”

Organizations struggle to manage an ever increasing amount of data,
systems and applications due to the amount of information created each
year, which The Economist estimates is growing at 60 percent each year.
IDC reports similar growth by predicting that the ‘digital universe’
will grow from 1.8 zettabytes in 2011, to more than 7ZB by 2015.
FileStore N8300 is modularly scalable and can scale up to 16
active-active nodes, up to 256 TB of file system capacity, and supports
1.4 PB of total storage on the backend.

FileStore N8300 also provides automatic storage tiering with Veritas
Storage Foundation SmartTier feature, malware protection with Symantec
Anti-Virus and faster backup through integration with Symantec
NetBackup. In addition, FileStore and Symantec Enterprise Vault provide
a storage infrastructure for end-to-end archiving.  “We’re
delighted that Symantec FileStore is now a VMware-certified NAS storage
device,” said Parag Patel, vice president of Global Strategic
Alliances. “As more organizations deliver desktops as a managed service
with VMware virtualization and cloud solutions, FileStore is an
excellent storage target, because it utilizes deduplication technology
for VMDK files.”