Moving business critical applications, such as Microsoft SQL Server, to virtual server and cloud environments, requires high availability and a solid disaster protection plan. The question often asked — will implementing that protection eliminate the cost savings and configuration flexibility you gain in these environments? This webinar will simplify the confusing array of availability and redundancy features offered in Windows Server Failover Clustering, SQL Server, and leading cloud and virtual server software vendors. Participants will learn how to protect SQL Server and other Windows applications from downtime and disasters, all the while ensuring configuration flexibility and infrastructure efficiency.
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These capabilities are becoming increasingly critical given that fact that many organizations are leveraging virtualized server infrastructure in tandem with off-site replication to cloud data centers to lower DR infrastructure costs and to improve application resiliency. But many legacy clustering technologies are not “cloud aware”. Instead they rely on access to shared storage resources like SANs to enable application fail-over.
Those environments that don’t have shared storage may have to invest in a six figure SAN, in addition to the clustering software licenses, just to attain the high availability that their applications require. Another challenge is that cloud storage generally can’t be shared out across multiple servers. Instead, it is typically allocated out on a per virtual machine basis, which means that the cloud can’t be used as an application fail-over target with some clustering offerings.
These two architectural limitations – the requirement to use shared storage and the lack of cloud storage awareness, can severely restrict the ability of application owners to obtain affordable, high availability and DR resiliency for their most critical business systems. This webinar will discuss how businesses can implement easy to manage, application-clustering technology utilizing commodity disk with public or hybrid cloud storage to get low-cost, application high availability.
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