Using Veritas for SQL clustering

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I would like to know if anyone is using VCS for SQL clustering and, if so, what their real-world experiences and thoughts are on VCS versus Microsoft SQL Clustering.

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I would recommend sticking with the navive SQL Clustering. I’ve used the Windows Cluster Service and it works great with SQL Server.

What is making you look at VCS and not MCS?

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  • JohnGalt
    We are looking at VCS for a number of reasons. First, we want to consolidate a couple of hundred databases onto a cluster of consolidated servers. We have spec'd the initial cluster to be 4 active and 1 passive for failover. SQL is rapidly growing in our environment and we want the cluster to be scalable. MCS limits the number of nodes whereas VCS is scalable up to 32. In addition, it is our understanding that MCS recommends using the same or similar hardware. A year from now, we may not be able to get the same hardware for additional nodes. There are other reasons we are looking at VCS, but before we make the investment, we want feedback from the SQL community from those who are knowledgeable and have real-world experience using VCS. Thanks for your comments.
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  • Denny Cherry
    MCS recommends like hardware, but it's not required. Also with MCS SQL only supports a 4 nodes.
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  • JohnGalt
    Mrdenny, It is my understanding that MCS supports up to 8 nodes. You previously stated it supports up to only 4 nodes. Do you know of any links or documents that can validate your statement? Or is that what you are seeing in the field? I do appreciate your input. thanks, brenda
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  • Jerry Lees
    I imagine they are looking at VCS also because it appears it supports true active/active SQL clusters. The holy grail of MS SQL clusters IMHO... Oh when will we be able to scale the SQL environment OUT like the web environment instead of simply UP with a bigger faster box. Yes, you can fake it by doing all kinds of replication and multiple instances and what not, but that's still not active active
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