3rd party cluster software possible with SQL 2008???

Discussion in 'microsoft.public.sqlserver.clustering' started by Aeolus, May 3, 2009.

  1. Aeolus

    Aeolus Guest


    I want to cluster SQL 2008. I know of the failover clustering feature in
    combination with Windows failover clustering.
    But, is it also possible to use a 3rd party cluster solution? Main reason
    for this is costs. I came across the following 3rd party software:

    -Double Take
    -Symantec Veritas

    The thing is, they never mention SQL 2008, only 2000 and 2005. I was hoping
    there are some experts here who can answer this question (ofcourse I will
    also try to get an answer from those 3rd parties themselves).

    If it is possible, do I still also need the SQL 2008 Standard Edition or
    higher to get it work? If this is the case, then it could turn out that the
    price difference between MS clustering and 3rd party clustering isn't that
    big (we will get a SAN whatsoever).
    Aeolus, May 3, 2009
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  2. Most likely, they haven't gone through their testing.

    Having used a few of those, I can say that none is as seamless as Windows
    Clustering. While they do work, there are issues and lots more complexity
    in configuring things.

    In general, if the licensing cost for Windows and SQL clustering is a
    problem, there aren't going to be enough resources to build the rest of a
    decently available infrastructure.
    Geoff N. Hiten, May 4, 2009
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  3. Aeolus

    Linchi Shea Guest

    Obviously, you have done your research. I'm curious whether any of these
    3rd-party 'clustering' tools is really cheaper after you have factored
    everything in (e.g. including support cost)?

    Linchi Shea, Jun 2, 2009
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