VMware and HA solutions

Euler, Christian euler at aov.de
Mon Mar 10 08:58:56 MET 2008


ESX is capable of migrating virtual machines on the fly between two hosts. I'm not sure if a guest system
is able to trigger a migration itself (by using the vmware tools for example), or if you need an external solution for such a
HA setup. 

There's no downtime and your users won't notice the switch, because the migration process creates a shadow instance of the
running guest in the target system and then only needs a few seconds to switch over network connection etc.

If you're using SLES10, the combination of Xen and Linux-HA could be a another solution for a clustered setup. We're currently
evaluating this, and it seems that Xen causes less overhead than VMWare.

Christian Euler
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