You can configure InfoScale Storage and SQL Server in a Microsoft cluster for high availability on a single site.
In the example high availability configuration, you create a virtual server in an active/passive SQL Server configuration on a Microsoft cluster. The active node of the cluster hosts the virtual server. The second node is a dedicated redundant server able to take over and host the virtual server in the event of a failure on the active node. In a high availability configuration both nodes are located on the same site.
The following figure illustrates a typical two-node active/passive configuration.
The following are some key points about the configuration:
The SQL virtual server is configured on the active node (SYSTEM1). If SYSTEM1 fails, SYSTEM2 becomes the active node and the SQL virtual server comes online on SYSTEM2.
One or more application virtual servers can exist in a cluster, but each server must be managed by a separate application group configured with a distinct set of nodes in the cluster.
The SQL databases are configured on the shared storage on volumes contained in one or more cluster disk groups.
InfoScale Storage enables you to create a dynamic mirrored quorum. If the quorum resource fails, the mirror takes over for the resource.
In this configuration, Veritas recommends creating a three-way mirror for the quorum to provide additional fault tolerance. If possible, do not use the disks assigned to the quorum for any other purpose.
InfoScale Storage enables you to add fault-tolerance to data volumes. Veritas recommends mirroring log volumes and a mirrored striped RAID layout for data volumes.
During the configuration process you will create virtual IP addresses for the following:
Cluster IP address, used by Microsoft cluster
SQL virtual server IP address, which should be the same on all nodes
You should have these IP addresses available before you start deploying your environment.