MS Vs VMware: Who’s Better At Disaster Recovery?

Anybody who is involved in running high availability services in a virtualised world ought to read through this very informative article.

It discusses the various techniques used to prioritise the restarting of services when failures occur on a particular host.

Firstly, there is confusion over whether the article is about true Disaster Recovery (DR) – by that I mean a geographically placed standby site should your primary datacentre suddenly be filled up with water. I can only conclude that the article is really referencing a local site as it talks about software lockstepping, partnerships with third parties etc – all these things are only really suitable for a geographically close site because they rely on very low latencies between the various systems.

So at this point let me introduce another idea:

“To avoid having to worry about any restart scenarios, deploy your critical hosts on fault tolerant technology …”

Andy Bailey is Availability Architect at Stratus Technologies. When not blogging about High Availability, Continuous Availability and Fault Tolerance, he enjoys fast cars and relaxing with his Pipe Organ.