DICE Corporation Protects Integrated Security Solutions With Failover Capabilities For Disaster Recovery Using SIOS LifeKeeper For Linux®
DICE Corporation specializes in creating integrated solutions for the residential and commercial security industry.
Full Failover Capabilities For Clients
In addition to creating software that is installed at its clients’ locations, DICE also uses a complete standby facility to provide clients with full failover capabilities for disaster recovery. DICE mirrors file systems. If a failure occurs at a client site, the client’s mirrored system is automatically mounted on a standby system, without interrupting work on the remaining standby system. In all cases, assuring high availability is absolutely critical to the health of DICE’s business and its clients’ businesses as well.
After a thorough review of solutions in the marketplace, Hardware Support Manager Steve Senk and his team downloaded and tested LifeKeeper for Linux. Immediately, they saw its promise and began implementation.
“It has a nice visual GUI. A lot of similarities with the interface that we were accustomed to with our previous HA solution. Additionally, the pricing was very comparable. Overall, the package was very appealing,” noted Senk. The DICE team was able to migrate all of its applications and services to Linux with the assurance of high availability. This is all thanks to LifeKeeper for Linux and LifeKeeper Data Replication. Software application SIOS’ LifeKeeper for Linux ensures all applications, data and system connectivity is sustained. System uptime is maximized. LifeKeeper provides high availability of clustered Linux systems by monitoring system and application health, client connectivity. The software deliver uninterrupted data access regardless of where clients reside – on the corporate Internet, intranet or extranet. SIOS LifeKeeper data replication is an industry-proven solution on Windows and Linux. It provides dynamic, disk-level replication of data across local and wide area networks.
Since adding LifeKeeper support, hundreds of clients have signed on for DICE’s failover service, with over 50 installations in place within DICE’s facilities. DICE’s customers’ sites have required failover capabilities for disaster recovery or for other variety of reasons since LifeKeeper was implemented. Each time, the software has helped DICE support seamless availability. “The need for failovers has come as a result of a variety of situations. It could be a cleaning guy plugging something in and blowing a circuit, or a power surge from a storm,” said Senk. “Regardless of the cause, LifeKeeper is there for these problems. We’ve had nothing but success.” Looking ahead, DICE is planning to offer its clients a disaster recovery service leveraging LifeKeeper for Linux. Clients can use their own servers. Yet also replicate up to seven machines remotely, regardless of where in the world their servers are located.