Disaster recovery software links via San

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Disaster recovery software links via San

Cliff Saran
Novell's new disaster recovery technology, Business Continuity Cluster (BCC), is now available as a beta version.

BCC allows a user to link four server clusters at different locations via a storage area network to create a cluster of servers to support load balancing.

The product relies on users replicating the data and the server configuration at each site, said Richard Jones, Novell storage services product manager. He said the distant site is primed to take over when the primary site fails.

"The second site servers do not use the storage arrays at the first site [they may have been destroyed]. Instead, the first site runs its own cluster, so it is available should a node fail or need to be taken offline," he said.

To build such a cluster, users require two Netware 6.5 SP1 clusters and two storage arrays which are capable of being controlled via a command line interface on the Netware OS. Novell said the storage area network should be configured to provide "storage array block-level replication/mirroring" between the two arrays.

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