Date: April 14, 2018
Healthcare Platform Eliminated Need For Shared Storage with SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition
A leading provider of enterprise platforms for the home healthcare provider market decided to add SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition as a high availability (HA) solution to minimize the risk of downtime. It had relied on its SQL Server databases to provide fast, efficient service to its end users.
Many of the company’s important applications rely on SQL Server running on a physical server in their on-premises data center. They wanted to protect their SQL Server Replication Distributor – a central database required for managing and updating all SQL databases.
The company’s best solution was to use Windows Server Failover Clustering to create a two node cluster using their existing server hardware, which was already equipped with solid state disk storage. By adding SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition software to their cluster, they eliminated the need for shared storage. SIOS software uses fast block level replication to synchronize local storage in both of the cluster nodes, creating a storage environment that appears to WSFC as a SAN. They connected the nodes directly using crossover cables and 10Gig NICs to eliminate the cost of a network switch and ensure the fastest possible replication for real time synchronization of the cluster nodes.