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Failover Solutions

A salesman recently introduced us with this technology called Brightstor High Availability Manager. According to him, it can provide fast server and application failover. It uses 2 servers; the data stored on the primary server is replicated in real time to a secondary server at a very high speed. It will automatically detect critical problems with the primary server and immediately switches activity to the secondary server, so that users can continue work with virtually no interruption.

We were initially quite interested of it, but we found that the price too steep. We would like to find out if there are other similar solutions besides the above mentioned. Currently we do tape backup daily and are very curious and interested of the idea of allowing the users to continue work with virtually no interruption. Care to recommend?

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As you can see Failover solutions are expensive.

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I don't know of any Failover systems for cheap,
Especially 100% uptime.

The Salesman probably talked about Microsoft Clustering Service.
http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/support/faqs/Clustering_faq.asp

But as you probably know that's with Duplicate Servers/OS etc.

A Good Server with Redundant PowerSupplies and Raid Drives should give your reliablity.

What type of business do you have that requires the 24hr access?

Russ Grover
http://www.SBITS.Biz

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BrightStor High Availability

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The software application that the salesman mentioned was BrightStor High Availability (BHA). Our business doesn't really require a 24hrs access, but as all of our work highly rely on the server, the server must be on at least during the office hour.

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High Availability

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As far as i know. BrightStor HA is using replication technology as it only have 99% high availability. I try to install for 1 of my customer but the project fail and force to take it out. CA is unstable if you have more then 1 domain. as for as i know there is a few solution in the market and u need to know what is ur expectation. If you are talking about 99.999% availability, it easily cost you USD10K plus. But if you are talking about 99.9% the price will be around USD5k plus. as for microsoft clustering. although it is free. but you need SAN storage where it easily cost you around 50K and all the license that u need such as, Exchange,MS SQL must be enterprise editiona and u need 2 copy of that..try to look for a solution call Marathon Technology.. It look sexy to me

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