Symantec has announced the planned launch of a platform to automate manual tasks and monitor the health of IT resources.

It said that Veritas Operations Manager 4.0, which is expected to be available early in 2012, will be a centralised management platform for the Veritas Storage Foundation and Veritas Cluster Server. The new functionality in the Veritas Operations Manager 4.0 is expected to give IT professionals the ability to take action based on the results of its reporting functionality.

According to the company, this will provide increased visibility and control to manage critical business services across virtual, physical and cloud environments. Symantec described it as an action-based storage management tool that can give organisations the ability to take action from the centralised management console to control and optimise a data centre's storage and availability operations across heterogeneous environments.

Symantec also said that it will provide extensive support across operating systems, server virtualisation and physical server and storage platforms, and allow organisations to deploy applications with an on-host storage provisioning service catalogue.

Don Angspatt, vice president of product management, storage and availability management group at Symantec, said: “Action-based storage management in Veritas Operations Manager is a game-changer, as it helps IT professionals get results so much faster than traditional resources across nearly any operating system, virtualisation platform, the cloud and physical storage resources.

“With this release we're focused on saving our customers time by simplifying and automating time-consuming complex tasks. In fact, we've seen installations as fast as ten minutes, allowing customers to automate storage and high availability operations, reduce manual processes and aid with storage provisioning, storage migrations and thin reclamation.”