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ARC: Designing a Microsoft Failover Cluster Solution | Implementing a Geo-Clustering Solution (Victor Isakov | Nicholas Gee)
Author: Victor Isakov Date Posted: 31/01/2011 12:36:41 AM
[b]Designing a Failover Clustering Solution[/b]
Microsoft Failover Clustering has proven to be a populat, well-adopted and proven high-availability solution. Microsoft has improved the technology in every version. Yet Failover Clustering still has a number of limitations, such as sharead storage arrays and distance limitations. In this session Victor Isakov (MCA, MCM, MCT, MVP) will examine these limitations, your considerations for designing a failover cluster solution and the future of Failover Clustering.

Speaker: Victor Isakov (SQL Server Solutions)


[b]Double-Take Site Recovery Solution[/b]
Double-Take Software and Microsoft engaged at the Microsoft Enterprise Engineering Center (EEC) to deliver a non-SAN based site recovery solution implemented with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V running on HP DL380 G5 servers. The solution leverages Stretch Clustering between primary and remote sites. A major advantage of the solution is that it does not require shared storage or have geographic restrictions, and can be deployed using components of the existing infrastructure. Based on Double-Take GeoCluster replication, cluster nodes can be located anywhere and are kept current asynchronously. This solution is based completely on software data replication and can be used with heterogeneous storage environments. Failover to the remote site(s) can be automatic or administrator initiated.
The GeoCluster solution is hardware and hypervisor independent, and will work with Hyper-V, ESX and XEN or mixed environments - X2X, and ideally suited for Cloud based computing.

[u]Agenda[/u]:
- Solution Overview
- Meeting Stringent RPO and RTO business objectives
- How the technology works - real time replication of SQL databases
- Why stretched clusters are so cost effective for DR in X2X environments
- Architecting Stretched Clusters - Remote Availability
- Labs: Live demo, setting up GeoCluster disks, adding additional nodes; moving resources - automatically or manually between Geographically dispersed nodes.
- Q&A

Speaker: Nicholas Gee (Business Continuity)

Venue: Sydney Mechanics' School Arts | Duration 12:00 - 14:00 | On: Wednesday, 6 April 2011