Demonstrations of SafeKit High Availability Software

SafeKit Webinar

This webinar presents in 10 minutes Evidian SafeKit.

In this webinar, you will understand:

  • mirror and farm clusters
  • cost savings against hardware clustering solutions
  • best use cases
  • the integration process for a new application

Microsoft SQL Server Cluster

This video shows a mirror module configuration with synchronous real-time replication and failover.

The file replication and the failover are configured for Microsoft SQL Server but it works in the same manner for other databases.

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Apache Cluster

This video shows a farm module configuration with load balancing and failover.

The load balancing and the failover are configured for Apache but it works in the same manner for other web services.

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Hyper-V Cluster

This video shows a Hyper-V cluster with full replications of virtual machines.

Virtual machines can run on both Hyper-V servers and they are restarted in case of failure.

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Tutorials on the SafeKit administration console

First use of SafeKit

This tutorial shows how to use the SafeKit console the first time after the download of the SafeKit package. You will see how to set-up the IP addresses of the servers in the cluster, how to set a replicated directory and a virtual IP address. The Configuration tab is demonstrated.

Edit failover scripts

In a high availability cluster, the critical application must restart automatically. This tutorial shows how to edit start and stop scripts in the SafeKit console to include start and stop of the critical application. The Configuration tab is demonstrated.

Monitoring a high availability cluster

This tutorial shows what happens when a server crashes in the SafeKit cluster management console. The Monitoring tab is demonstrated.

Set a replication network

SafeKit is making real-time replication of data. This tutorial shows how to set a replication network in the cluster management console. The Configuration tab is demonstrated.

Troubleshooting with the cluster management console

When the SafeKit console presents a red server, it means that the solution is no more high available. This tutorial shows how to manage a problem in a cluster and how to restart a high availability module. The Control tab is demonstrated.

Set a heartbeat timeout

The heartbeat timeout determines how much time a secondary server waits when the primary server crashes before restarting an application. The default timeout value is 30 seconds and is set to 15 seconds in this videos. The Advanced Configuration tab of the cluster management console is demonstrated.

Add a ping checker

This tutorial shows how to add a ping checker to an external router in a high availability module. If the router cannot be accessed by a server, the module goes to the WAIT red state on this server, When the router is accessible, the module on the server is automatically restarted and goes to a green state. The Advanced Configuration tab of the cluster management console is demonstrated in this video.

Other SafeKit videos

SafeKit with Microsoft Paint [+]

A set of videos are explaining how to use the SafeKit web console.

Software cluster versus hardware cluster video [+]

This video compares SafeKit HA solutions versus hardware HA solutions.

Video of disaster recovery with a software SAN [+]

This video shows how disaster recovery can be simply implemented with the SafeKit High Availability software and without the need of a physical SAN.

SafeKit High Availability Software Demonstration between a Laptop and a Netbook [+]

Understand in 5 minutes the simplicity of the SafeKit high availability solution and the resulting cost-savings with a demonstration of a Windows 7 cluster implemented by a laptop and a netbook

Active-active cluster video with Evidian SafeKit [+]

This video shows an active-active cluster built with 2 SafeKit mirror modules.

SafeKit – clustering software video with load balancing and mirroring [+]

This video shows the SafeKit clustering software with Apache load balancing and Microsoft SQL server mirroring.

Data replication software interrupted by a server failure: video [+]

 With this video, you will understand the difference between synchronous replication versus asynchronous replication.

Virtual IP with load balancing and failover video [+]

 This video shows a virtual IP with load balancing and failover.

Cluster quorum video : no quorum server and no quorum disk [+]

This Evidian SafeKit video shows the cluster quorum management with no quorum server and no quorum disk

Automatic failover and automatic failback video [+]

This video shows automatic failover and automatic failback in a SafeKit software cluster.

HA dependency between a master module and slave modules [+]

This video shows HA (High Availability) dependency between a master module and slave modules.

Free On-Line Training on SafeKit High Availability Software

SafeKit High Availability Differentiators against Competition

Evidian SafeKit mirror cluster with real-time file replication and failover

All clustering features All clustering features

Like  The solution includes all clustering features: server failure monitoring, network failure monitoring, software failure monitoring, automatic application restart with a quick recovery time, a virtual IP address switched in case of failure to automatically reroute clients

Dislike  This is not the case with replication-only solutions like replication at the database level

Dislike  Quick application restart is not ensured with full virtual machines replication. In case of hypervisor failure, a full VM must be rebooted on a new hypervisor with an unknown recovery time

Like   The cluster configuration is very simple and made by means of a high availability application module. There is no domain controller or active directory to configure on Windows. The solution works on Windows and Linux

Synchronous replication Synchronous replication

Like  The real-time replication is synchronous with no data loss on failure

Dislike  This is not the case with asynchronous replication

Fully automated failback procedure Automatic failback

Like  After a failure when a server reboots, the replication failback procedure is fully automatic and the failed server reintegrates the cluster without stopping the application on the only remaining server

Dislike  This is not the case with most replication solutions particularly with replication at the database level. Manual operations are required for resynchronizing a failed server. The application may even be stopped on the only remaining server during the resynchonization of the failed server

Replication of any type of data

Like  The replication is working for databases but also for any files which shall be replicated

Dislike  This not the case for replication at the database level

File replication vs disk replication File replication vs disk replication

Like  The replication is based on file directories that can be located anywhere (even in the system disk)

Disike  This is not the case with disk replication where special application configuration must be made to put the application data in a special disk

File replication vs shared disk File replication vs shared disk

Like  The servers can be put in two remote sites

Dislike  This is not the case with shared disk solutions

Remote sites Remote sites

Like  All SafeKit clustering features are working for 2 servers in remote sites. Performances of replication depends on the interconnect latency for real-time synchronous replication and on the bandwidth for resynchronizing data on a failed server

Like  If both servers are connected to the same IP network through an extended LAN between two remote sites, the virtual IP address of SafeKit is working with rerouting at level 2

Like  If both servers are connected to two different IP networks between two remote sites, the virtual IP address can be configured at the level of a load balancer. SafeKit offers a health check: the load balancer is configured with a URL managed by SafeKit which returns OK on the primary server and NOT FOUND else. This solution is implemented for SafeKit in the Cloud but it can be also implemented with a load balancer on premise

Quorum Quorum

Like  With remote sites, the solution works with only 2 servers and for the quorum (network isolation), a simple split brain checker to a router is offered to support a single execution

Like  This is not the case for most clustering solutions where a 3rd server is required for the quorum

Uniform high availability solution Uniform high availability solution

Like  SafeKit implements a mirror cluster with replication and failover. But it imlements also a farm cluster with load balancing and failover. Thus a N-tiers architecture can be made highly available and load balanced with the same solution on Windows and Linux (same installation, configuration, administration with the SafeKit console or with the command line interface). This is unique on the market

Dislike  This is not the case with an architecture mixing different technologies for load balancing, replication and failover

Evidian SafeKit farm cluster with load balancing and failover

No load balancer or dedicated proxy servers or special multicast Ethernet address No load balancer or dedicated proxy servers

Like   The solution does not require load balancers or dedicated proxy servers above the farm for imlementing load balancing. SafeKit is installed directly on the application servers in the farm. The load balancing is based on a standard virtual IP address/Ethernet MAC address and is working with physical servers or virtual machines on Windows and Linux without special network configuration

Dislike  This is not the case with network load balancers

Dislike  This is not the case with dedicated proxies on Linux

Dislike  This is not the case with a specific multicast Ethernet address on Windows

All clustering features All clustering features

Like  The solution includes all clustering features: virtual IP address, load balancing on client IP address or on sessions, server failure monitoring, network failure monitoring, software failure monitoring, automatic application restart with a quick revovery time and a replication option with a mirror module

Dislike  This is not the case with other load balancing solutions. They are able to make load balancing but they do not include a full clustering solution with restart scripts and automatic application restart in case of failure. They do not offer a replication option

Like   The cluster configuration is very simple and made by means of a high availability application module. There is no domain controller or active directory to configure on Windows. The solution works on Windows and Linux

Remote sites Remote sites

Like   If servers are connected to the same IP network through an extended LAN between remote sites, the virtual IP address of SafeKit is working with load balancing at level 2

Like   If servers are connected to different IP networks between remote sites, the virtual IP address can be configured at the level of a load balancer. SafeKit offers a health check: the load balancer is configured with a URL managed by SafeKit which returns OK on the UP servers and NOT FOUND else. This solution is implemented for SafeKit in the Cloud but it can be also implemented with a load balancer on premise. Thus you can implement load balancing but also all the clustering features of SafeKit including an easy administration of the cluster through the SafeKit web console

Uniform high availability solution Uniform high availability solution

Like  SafeKit imlements a farm cluster with load balancing and failover. But it implements also a mirror cluster with replication and failover. Thus a N-tiers architecture can me made highly available and load balanced with the same solution on Windows and Linux (same installation, configuration, administration with the SafeKit console or with the command line interface). This is unique on the market

Dislike  This is not the case with an architecture mixing different technologies for load balancing, replication and failover

High availability architectures comparison

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FeatureSafeKit clusterOther clusters
Software clustering vs hardware clustering A software cluster with SafeKit installed on two servers
A simple software cluster with the SafeKit package just installed on two servers
Hardware clustering with external shared storage Network load balancers or dedicated proxy servers

Complex hardware clustering with external storage or network load balancers
Shared nothing vs a shared disk cluster SafeKit shared-nothing cluster: easy to deploy even in remote sites
SafeKit is a shared-nothing cluster: easy to deploy even in remote sites
Shared disk cluster: complex to deploy
A shared disk cluster is complex to deploy
Application High Availability vs Full Virtual Machine High Availability
SafeKit application HA supports hardware failure, software failure, human errors with quick recovery time
Virtual machines high availability supports only hardware failure with an unknown recovery time
Full virtual machines HA supports only hardware failure with a VM reboot and an unknown recovery time if the OS reboot does not work
Synchronous replication vs asynchronous replication
SafeKit implements real-time synchronous replication with no data loss in case of failure
Asynchronous replication with data loss on failure
With asynchronous replication, there is data loss on failure
Byte-level file replication vs block-level disk replication SafeKit cluster with byte-level file replication: simply replicates directories even in the system disk
SafeKit implements real-time byte-level file replication and is simply configured with application directories to replicate even in the system disk
Cluster with block-level disk replication: complex and require to put application data in a special disk
Block-level disk replication is complex to configure and requires to put application data in a special disk
Heartbeat, failover and quorum to avoid 2 master nodes Simple quorum in a SafeKit cluster with a split brain checker configured on a router
To avoid 2 masters, SafeKit proposes a simple split brain checker configured on a router
Complex quorum in other clusters: third machine, special quorum disk, remote hardware reset
To avoid 2 masters, other clusters require a complex configuration with a third machine, a special quorum disk, a special interconnect
Network load balancing No special network configuration in a SafeKit cluster
No dedicated server and no special network configuration are required in a SafeKit cluster for network load balancing
Special network configuration in other clusters
Special network configuration is required in other clusters for network load balancing

SafeKit Modules for Plug&Play High Availability Solutions

SafeKit miror and farm high availability modules

SafeKit HA cluster architectures

Free high availability farm modules

Deploy a farm module on N servers.
And implement a network load balancing cluster with application failover.
The target is an application with web services to load balance between servers and with an automatic restart in case of failure.

Click on the blue buttons for a full description of the solution and a step-by-step installation procedure

Farm modules (load balancing and failover)

Windows

Linux

IIS module-
Apache module
Generic farm module for any application
Amazon AWS farm
Microsoft Azure farm
Google GCP farm
Cloud generic farm

Free high availability mirror modules

Deploy a mirror module on 2 servers.
And implement a mirror cluster with real-time file replication and application failover.
The target is an application with a database or flat files to replicate and with an automatic restart in case of failure.

Click on the blue buttons for a full description of the solution and a step-by-step installation procedure

Mirror modules (replication and failover)

Windows

Linux

Microsoft SQL Server-
Oracle
MySQL
PostgreSQL
Firebird
Hyper-V-
Milestone XProtect (based on Microsoft SQL Server)-
Hanwha Wisenet SSM (based on PostgreSQL)-
Generic mirror module for any application
Amazon AWS mirror
Microsoft Azure mirror
Google GCP mirror
Cloud generic mirror