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HA/DR License

Created: 21 Nov 2012 • Updated: 22 Nov 2012 | 4 comments
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Hi,

We have 

VRTS STORAGE FOUNDATION HA,/DR 5.1 WIN FOR OS TIER ENTERPRISE EDITION STD LIC EXPRESS BAND S  19 Licenses
 
To create local and global clusters wether we have to purchase any extra product/license?
 
regards,
Faisal 

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Marianne's picture

Each cluster node (local and remote) needs a license key.

So, if you have 2 nodes at Production site and one node at DR, you need quantity of 3.

Hope this helps.

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mikebounds's picture

Explanation of licence:

STORAGE FOUNDATION: This is SFW - virtualisation of storage and redundancy in storage

HA: This is VCS - virtualisation of Application and redundancy in servers

DR: This gives GCO option or Replicated Data Cluster for redundancy of sites - i.e DR

OS TIER ENTERPRISE EDITION: For Windows Enterprise O/S version

STD: Standard licence - NOT Enterprise licence

So you only have a Veritas Standard license which means you will NOT get:

  1. DMP - Dynamic Multpating for managing multiple paths to the storage
  2. FlashSnap licence

So you have everything to create local and global clusters, but if you want DMP and/or flashsnap then you need one or both of these options or you need to upgrade from Standard to Enterprise licence.

Mike

UK Symantec Consultant in VCS, GCO, SF, VVR, VxAT on Solaris, AIX, HP-ux, Linux & Windows

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faisalpar's picture

I forget to mention -- all my servers except DB are Virtual Machines under VMware

mikebounds's picture

If you are running VCS inside the Virtual Machines, then this makes no difference and if the DB server which is not a Virtual Machine needs to be in the same clusters as Virtual Machines, then running VCS inside the virtual machines is your only option, where essentially, VCS is unware the node is a Virtual Machine.  If a cluster only contains Virtual Machines, then an alternative is to use Application HA where VCS runs in the Hypervisor (essentially a version of Linux for VMWare ESX), but this would require an entirely different licence.

The only other consideration is the tier of the licence, which is indicated by "BAND S", so I think licences on Windows are priced by number CPUs and maybe other stuff, but this is an area I don't know much about, so I am not sure how licence bands work for Virtual Machines.

Mike

UK Symantec Consultant in VCS, GCO, SF, VVR, VxAT on Solaris, AIX, HP-ux, Linux & Windows

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