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Deploying Global Clusters for Site Disaster Recovery via Symantec Storage Foundation on Infortrend Systems

Deploying Global Clusters for


Site Disaster Recovery via
Symantec Storage Foundation on
Infortrend Systems
Application Notes

Abstract:
This document describes how to apply global clusters in site disaster
recovery using Symantec Storage Foundation High Availability on Infortrend
systems.

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Deploying Global Clusters for Site Disaster Recovery via Symantec Storage Foundation on Infortrend Systems

Table of Contents
Products Covered in this Document ............................................................................................ 2
Introduction .................................................................................................................................... 3
About Storage Foundation High Availability .............................................................................. 3
About Global Clusters ............................................................................................................... 3
Scenario.................................................................................................................................... 5
System Configuration .................................................................................................................... 6
System Components ................................................................................................................. 6
Hardware Requirements .................................................................................................... 6
Software Requirements ..................................................................................................... 6
System Architecture .................................................................................................................. 6
Storage Configuration ............................................................................................................... 7
RAID Configuration ............................................................................................................ 7
SFHA Configuration .................................................................................................................. 7
Veritas Cluster Server Configuration.................................................................................. 7
Storage Foundation Configuration ................................................................................... 12
SFHA Administration ................................................................................................................... 14
CLI Commands ....................................................................................................................... 14
Conclusion ................................................................................................................................... 17
Reference...................................................................................................................................... 17

Products Covered in this Document


These application notes apply to the following models:
ESDS-B24F-R2852-6
ESDS-S12F-R2850
ESDS-S12F-R2851
ESDS-S16F-R2850
ESDS-S16F-R2851
ESDS-S16F-R2852-6
ESDS-S24F-R2850
ESDS-S24F-R2851
ESDS-S48F-R2852-6
ESVA-F75-2830

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Further compatibility information can be found at the Symantec Hardware Compatibility List (HCL):
https://sort.symantec.com/hclcentral/diskarray
For more information on disk subsystem configuration, please check the user manual included with
your storage system, or visit the official Infortrend website: http://www.infortrend.com

Introduction
These application notes highlight the implementation of Storage Foundation High Availability, or
SFHA, on Infortrend systems. The document offers a clear step-by-step format, so readers can
easily carry out disaster recovery using geographically separate Veritas Clusters that can be
connected to support application failover from primary sites to secondary backup sites. Thus,
applications can remain online and functional even during major outages. Combined, SFHA and
Infortrend systems keep your IT environments robust and resilient in the face of numerous disaster
scenarios.

About Storage Foundation High Availability


Veritas Storage Foundation by Symantec includes the Veritas File System (VxFS) and Veritas
Volume Manager (VxVM), with both offering various feature levels.
Veritas File System delivers high performance journaling towards easy management and quick
application recovery. It emphasizes scalable performance, continuous availability, increased I/O
throughput, and strong structural integrity.
Veritas Volume Manager helps overcome physical disk storage constraints. With it, you can
configure, share, manage, and optimize storage I/O performance via a network without interrupting
data availability. Veritas Volume Manager also features user-friendly online storage management
tools to reduce downtime and increase productivity.
You can add High Availability functionality to Storage Foundation by installing Veritas Cluster Server
software, or VCS, which was developed by Symantec to provide you with these benefits:
Reduced application downtime
Server consolidation and failover
Management of multiple applications in heterogeneous environments

About Global Clusters


A global cluster connects clusters at separate locations and enables wide-area failover and disaster
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recovery. Local clustering provides local failover for individual sites or buildings, and while campus
and replicated cluster configurations offer protection against disasters affecting small geographic
areas, large scale disasters such as serious floods, storms, and earthquakes can cause outages for
an entire city or region, disabling all local clusters. In these situations, you can ensure data
availability by migrating applications to sites located considerable distances apart, or globally. In a
global cluster, if an entire local cluster fails, applications are migrated to a system in another cluster.
Clustering on a global level therefore requires the replication of shared data to remote sites, which
traditionally was a complicated process, but now has been made much more user-accessible.

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Scenario

Figure 1: disaster recovery solution scenario


These application notes mainly focus on protecting applications from faults in a VCS global cluster
environment. To simulate large scale disasters that may cause widespread outages and service
disruptions, we need two clusters associated with respective Infortrend storage systems, each
representing a site. Should one site fail, applications automatically failover to another node in the
secondary site as figure 1 shows. Therefore, SFHA provides high availability protection. The
application migration example occurs between the primary site and the secondary site. VCS global
clusters on Infortrend storage ensure data availability by migrating applications to remote clusters
located at a safe distance from disaster-affected sites.

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System Configuration
System Components
Hardware Requirements

2 (64-bit) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server v11.0 SP1 SFHA servers


3 NIC interfaces per server
4 FC/iSCSI ports per server

Software Requirements

Symantec Veritas Storage Foundation High Availability 6.0 (SFHA 6.0)

System Architecture

Figure 2: system topology


To create a Veritas Global Cluster environment for implementing disaster recovery, we need two
hosts with their respective Infortrend storage systems as figure 2 shows.

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Storage Configuration
RAID Configuration

Figure 3: RAID configuration


Steps:
1. Create a RAID-5 LD
2. Create a logical volume (LV)
3. Edit logical unit number (LUN) mapping

SFHA Configuration
Veritas Cluster Server Configuration
Install VCS at the primary site:
SFHA-Primary:~ # /opt/VRTS/install/installvcs -configure SFHA-Primary

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Figure 4: system connectivity view for the primary site


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Install VCS at the secondary site:


SFHA-Secondary:~ # /opt/VRTS/install/installvcs -configure SFHA-Secondary

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Figure 5: system connectivity view for the secondary site


After successful VCS installation, you can access system connectivity views via cluster explorer as
figures 4 and 5 show. The primary and secondary clusters are now properly configured.

Storage Foundation Configuration


Thanks to close Symantec and Infortrend cooperation, Infortrend fibre channel products are fully
certified and included in the Symantec Array Support List (ASL).
After installing Storage Foundation, you can place partitions on Infortrend subsystems under VxVM
control using the below commands. For supported models, please check this link:
https://sort.symantec.com/hclcentral/diskarray
To successfully implement disaster recovery, we need to place two partitions from respective
Infortrend storage systems at different physical locations under VxVM control.
At the primary site
SFHA-Primary:~ # vxdisk list

SFHA-Primary:~ # vxdisk scandisks


SFHA-Primary:~ # vxdisk list

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At the secondary site


SFHA-Secondary:~ # vxdisk list

SFHA-Secondary:~ # vxdisk scandisks


SFHA-Secondary:~ # vxdisk list

As the above screenshots show, use the command vxdisk scandisks to scan Infortrend storage
systems. In addition, you can use vxdisk list to make sure that SFHA properly detects your
Infortrend storage systems. After this step, required installation is complete.

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SFHA Administration
We have created two local clusters so far. Now we need to build a global cluster environment that
includes these two local clusters. Then, simulating a large scale disaster, we will migrate one
application from the primary site to the secondary site.

CLI Commands

Configure global cluster components at the primary site

Configure global cluster components at the secondary site

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Verify that the gcoip resource that monitors the virtual IP address for inter-cluster
communication is online

Define the remote cluster and heartbeat cluster objects at the primary site

Define the remote cluster and heartbeat cluster objects at the secondary site

Check the remote cluster status from the primary site

Check the remote cluster status from the secondary site

Create a global service group at the primary site and the secondary site

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Check the remote cluster from status view

Switch the global service group across clusters

Global service group online at the secondary site

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Conclusion
Symantec Veritas Storage Foundation High Availability 6.0, or SFHA 6.0, greatly improves failover
capabilities across geographically distinct clusters. Integrated with fully-certified Infortrend storage
systems, SFHA protects your data from critical damage in the event of a major disaster, ensuring
smooth and quick recovery that serves to minimize downtime even in extreme outage scenarios. It
provides businesses with mission-critical data center continuity for every application, and prevents
interruption to make sure you can continue serving your customers and maintain adequate
productivity levels at all times.

Reference
For more information on SFHA, please check the following resources:
Veritas Storage Foundation and High Availability Installation Guide
Veritas Storage Foundation and High Availability 6.0 official web site
Veritas Cluster Server Installation Guide
Veritas Cluster Server Users Guide
Veritas Cluster Server Administrator's Guide
Veritas Storage Foundation and High Availability Replication Administrator's Guide

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