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Multi-Site Hyper-V Clusters Using GeoCluster: Microsoft and Double-Take Software Disaster Recovery Solution

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Executive Summary

Double-Take Software and Microsoft are offering a joint disaster recovery solution for virtualized environments based on GeoCluster from Double-Take. This joint solution will allow customers to implement Windows Server Failover Clustering without shared storage or geographic restrictions, eliminating a single point of failure (the SAN) and giving one the freedom to locate Hyper-V cluster nodes anywhere. Combined with the Quick Migration features of Hyper-V, administrators will more easily be able to move Virtual Machines (VMs) across hundreds or even thousands of miles. A software approach encouraged by Microsoft, GeoCluster provides the technology and flexibility one needs to ensure maximum availability for Hyper-V VMs at a fraction of the cost.

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