Keeping Cisco Unified Computing Systems Highly Available with Symantec™ Cluster Server

In October 2014, Symantec Cluster Server announced general availability for Cisco UCS HA solution. The new Cluster Server agent provides high-availability for Cisco UCS servers that had no standard way to achieve HA before the agent. To achieve HA for UCS, customers were performing service profile migrations manually or through complex custom scripts. In case of a fault, users had to identify the target server and then either manually associate the service profile to the target servers or had to write complex custom scripts specific to their environments to perform service profile migrations. Either of these cases made the whole process of service profile migration completely unpredictable and manual thus leading to increased downtime.  

With Symantec Cluster Server agent for UCS HA, customers can now achieve completely automated and predictable service profile recovery. The agent integrates with Cisco UCS Manager through XML API interface and monitors all the blade servers running inside a Cisco UCS domain. The solution monitors for Cisco UCS service profile configuration faults as well as hardware faults and performs the service profile migration in case of a failure.

Symantec Cluster Server agent for Cisco UCS HA provides two modes of service profile failover.

  • In Automatic Failover mode, Cluster Server monitors service profile for configuration and hardware faults and once a fault is detected, Cluster Server notifies UCS Manager which then identifies the target blade and performs the failover.
  • In Intelligent Failover mode, Cluster Server not only monitors for and detect the faults, it also identifies the target blade server and completes the service profile failover to the identified target blade.

With Symantec Cluster Server, UCS customers can now perform service profile failovers for unplanned downtime and scheduled maintenance.  The Cluster Server UCS HA Solution Brief (attached) provides an overview of UCS HA agent. 

The Symantec Cluster Server, powered by Veritas High Availability agent for Cisco UCS is available for download at https://sort.symantec.com/agents (select Application Type: Application Agents and Release: 6.1). The agent is available for all major Linux platforms Oracle Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

 

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