How to Ensure Fast Failover and Disaster Recovery for Enterprise Apps

Your applications are absolutely critical to you and your users. Now, learn how to ensure fast failover and disaster recovery for enterprise applications.

Bill Kleyman

November 13, 2014

2 Min Read
How to Ensure Fast Failover and Disaster Recovery for Enterprise Apps

Your applications are critical to your business and your users. In fact, much of the focus around mobility, content delivery, and data control directly revolves around virtualized enterprise applications.

Both new and legacy applications are moving to virtualization because it reduces cost, improves hardware utilization and simplifies management. Originally, proprietary virtualization platforms were the dominant forces in the industry. Lately, customers have realized that open virtualization platforms provide higher performance, better functionality and are more cost effective.

The rapid adoption of virtualization has driven demand for support of high availability and disaster recovery functionality. Businesses rely on an “always on” IT infrastructure in order to provide competitive advantage and create unique customer values. Applications built on virtualized environments must deliver appropriate levels of availability with minimal or no downtime.

In this whitepaper, you’ll learn how Symantec and Red Hat worked together to deliver an optimized failover solution. Furthermore, you’ll learn about the distinct advantages that the integration of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Symantec Cluster Server provides to address application high availability and disaster recovery for virtualized environments.

Many organizations rely on more than one virtualization technology. Each server virtualization technology comes with different tools and different management procedures. For example, start and stop of virtual machines are managed differently. In addition, virtual machine operations are usually managed by a virtualization/platform team, and the application is usually managed by an application team.

Another pain point can be management of high availability. If every virtualization technology copes with high availability in a different way, this will introduce complexity and management overhead.

The combination of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Symantec Cluster Server addresses these challenges. Key elements of the Red Hat and Symantec solution include:

  • Robust, cost-effective virtualization platform

  • Ability to scale physical and virtual workloads

  • Easy management of heterogeneous server clusters providing universal failover and recovery

  • Automation for multi-tier business service recovery

One of the most important features is creating constant application availability. Symantec Cluster Server running with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization automates the off-site application recovery in case of a disruption at the primary site VM and increases the business resiliency of applications hosted within the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization infrastructure. It allows instant detection of application failures running within a Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization VM, and automated, quick failover to either a local or remote site to ensure continuation of normal business operations.

The IT landscape is rapidly evolving from proprietary systems with all the information located within the organization’s data centers to one with distributed and/or hosted systems based on open source technologies, interconnected to customers and suppliers. This makes reliable and flexible solutions more needed than ever.

Download this whitepaper today to learn how the combination of Red Hat’s virtualization platform and Symantec’s cluster technologies offers organizations an excellent blend of cost efficiency and robust resiliency.

About the Author(s)

Bill Kleyman

Bill Kleyman has more than 15 years of experience in enterprise technology. He also enjoys writing, blogging, and educating colleagues about tech. His published and referenced work can be found on Data Center Knowledge, AFCOM, ITPro Today, InformationWeek, NetworkComputing, TechTarget, DarkReading, Forbes, CBS Interactive, Slashdot, and more.

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