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Software

MetroCluster Solution
Achieve continuous data availability for business-critical
applications at half the cost and half the complexity

THE CHALLENGE Automatic and transparent recovery from


KEY BENEFITS
Provide high availability for business- failures beyond the array, such as power,
critical applications and data cooling, and network, and automated
Potential for 50% lower cost, no
Revenue cannot be generated unless single-command recovery for site-wide
host-based clustering required, added
your business is up and running, which failures highlight the value of MetroCluster:
efficiency through data deduplication
results in relentless pressure to provide an easy-to-administer solution that helps
and server virtualization
100% availability for your business-critical keep your data available and current at
Enables zero unplanned downtime applications and data. Unfortunately, all times. By combining MetroCluster with
through transparent failover with failures are, for the most part, unavoidable leading third-party server-based clustering
protection from hardware plus network and can lead to unplanned downtime, the or server virtualization tools, you can deploy
and environmental faults consequences of which can be disastrous. a comprehensive solution to address both
When application or data availability is application and data availability. MetroCluster
Enables zero planned downtime enables you to protect all new and existing
compromised through failures of any type,
through nondisruptive upgrades for data so you can automatically recover from
your business is at risk for lost revenue,
storage hardware and software a failure with no data loss. Whether you
lost market share, reduced productivity,
and reduced competitiveness. It’s a risk have a single data center or a campus or
Set it once: Simple to deploy, with
you can’t afford to take. metropolitan environment, MetroCluster is
no scripts or dependencies on the
a cost-effective solution that can provide the
application or operating system
THE SOLUTION continuous availability and data protection you
Enables zero change management Enable continuous availability with need to keep your business moving.
through automatic mirroring of changes NetApp MetroCluster
to user, configuration, and application NetApp® MetroCluster helps protect
data business-critical data and enhances
application availability.
Data Center/Campus Level Protection

Same or Alternate
Main Data Center Data Center

High
Availability
Cluster

MetroCluster

Figure 1)
Using MetroCluster to provide continuous availability in a
data center or a campus environment up to 500m.

ELIMINATE DOWNTIME system and application failures due 100 kilometers away). Because MetroCluster
Invoking a site failover to recover from to configuration inconsistencies. With mirrors data from your primary storage to
subsystem failures within the data center MetroCluster, it’s easy to reduce configuration your secondary storage, data on your
can result in long recovery times and and management complexities: You simply secondary storage is always current.
possible data corruption, both of which set it once and MetroCluster does all the And the combination of failover and data
can impact your bottom line—but not with work for you. MetroCluster also enables you mirroring means that you can recover from
MetroCluster. Automatic recovery from any to eliminate repetitive change management a disaster—with no loss of data—in seconds,
failure within the data center enables zero activities. Any changes you make to your rather than hours or days.
downtime with no disruption to applications, primary storage are automatically reflected
in your secondary storage. Not only does EXTEND PROTECTION
clients, or users. Because MetroCluster
helps protect against more failure scenarios this save time and simplify management, it To help protect your data in the event
than traditional remote mirroring solutions, also helps reduce exposure to human error, of a regional disaster, you can integrate
your critical data and applications are a major cause of downtime according to MetroCluster with SnapMirror® for
continuously available, keeping your leading industry analysts. asynchronous replication over unlimited
business alive and helping generate distances. This multisite solution is desirable
PROTECT YOUR DATA if your business requires zero data loss. Using
revenue.
To help protect your data from building or MetroCluster to synchronously mirror data
SIMPLIFY MANAGEMENT site disasters, NetApp MetroCluster enables locally and SnapMirror to asynchronously
Managing today’s complex IT infrastructures, you to extend failover capability from within a replicate data across long distances, you
getting a handle on exponential data growth, data center to a site located nearby (up to
and continually adding new functionality
to applications increase the likelihood of
Metropolitan Area Protection Campus and Regional Protection

MetroCluster
Node B

Disaster Disaster
Recovery Site Recovery Site

MetroCluster SnapMirror
Node A
MetroCluster
Node B

MetroCluster
Node A

Main Data Center Alternate Campus Main Data Center Alternate Campus
Data Center Data Center

Figure 2) Figure 3)
Using MetroCluster to geographically extend your Combining MetroCluster with SnapMirror for
continuous availability solution into metropolitan integrated, multisite HA and DR protection.
distances.

get the best of both worlds: seamless REDUCE COSTS PARTNER FOR SUCCESS
failover capabilities with the potential for Doing more with a flat or shrinking budget When you partner with our Professional
zero data loss over metropolitan areas and is a requirement in today’s business Services and Global Support teams, you
disaster protection over wide areas. environment. With MetroCluster, you get gain access to our extensive storage
a single, continuously availability solution expertise, innovative technologies, and
HELP PROTECT EXISTING INVESTMENTS
to help meet your SLAs. MetroCluster is best practices. These services can help you
With NetApp V-Series products, you can simple to deploy and administer solution accelerate the return on your infrastructure
transform any storage array into a NetApp that eliminates application and operating investments and get the most business
solution. By combining MetroCluster with system specific configuration and scripting. benefit from them. We respond quickly to
NetApp V-Series products it can help MetroCluster can reduce your TCO by as your problems, no matter where in the world
provide continuous availability for all of much as 50% over competitive solutions, they occur, and, with one of the most flexible
your data and applications across your based on an independent study which included support programs in the industry, you get
heterogeneous storage environment. You get acquisition and ongoing maintenance costs. just the support you need for your unique IT
lower TCO, increased availability, and the Your TCO can be further reduced by adding and business requirements.
ability to protect more of your data. NetApp deduplication to your primary storage,
helping you achieve substantial savings and
maximizing your storage efficiency.
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