Networking

Using Clustered File System Software for Superior Application Availability

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Executive Summary

Managers across organizations of all types and sizes would prefer not to experience downtime, but that might not be realistic expectation. Organizations for which downtime - say, even 20 minutes - is a costly proposition have the option of using a clustered file system to deliver faster failover and less downtime than is possible using some of more traditional high-availability approaches. Deploying a cluster file system and running clustered services on top of it can simplify the failover process, reduce time to operation, and reduce the costs associated with application downtime. These benefits are achieved by delivering truly shared storage across a series of locally or geographically distributed nodes that eliminate the need to go through all those steps that take up so much time.

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