Amazon AWS: The Simplest Load Balancing Cluster with Failover on Windows and Linux

Evidian SafeKit

How the Evidian SafeKit software simply implements a load balancing cluster with failover in Amazon AWS?

The solution in Amazon AWS

Evidian SafeKit brings load balancing and failover in Amazon AWS between two Windows or Linux redundant servers or more.

This article explains how to implement quickly a Amazon AWS cluster without specific skills.

A generic product

Note that SafeKit is a generic product on Windows and Linux.

You can implement with the same product real-time replication and failover of any file directory and service, database, complete Hyper-V or KVM virtual machines, Docker, Kubernetes , Cloud applications.

Architecture

How the Evidian SafeKit farm cluster implements load balancing and failover in Amazon AWS?

How it works in Amazon AWS?

  • The servers are running in different availability zones.
  • The critical application is running in all servers of the farm.
  • Users are connected to a virtual IP address which is configured in the Amazon AWS load balancer.
  • SafeKit provides a generic health check for the load balancer.
    When the farm module is stopped in a server, the health check returns NOK to the load balancer which stops the load balancing of requests to the server.
    The same behavior happens when there is a hardware failure.
  • In each server, SafeKit monitors the critical application with process checkers and custom checkers.
  • SafeKit restarts automatically the critical application in a server when there is a software failure thanks to restart scripts.
  • A connector for the SafeKit web console is installed in each server.
    Thus, the load balancing cluster can be managed in a very simple way to avoid human errors.

SafeKit: an ideal solution for a partner application

This platform agnostic solution is ideal for a partner with a critical application and who wants to provide a redundancy and high availability option easy to deploy to many customers.

This clustering solution is also recognized as the simplest to implement by our partners.

Free trial + AWS template for a quick start of a SafeKit farm cluster between several Windows or Linux servers

SafeKit Modules for Plug&Play Redundancy and High Availability Solutions

SafeKit Modules for Plug&Play High Availability Solutions

Network load balancing and failover

Windows farm

Linux farm

Generic Windows farm   > Generic Linux farm   >
Microsoft IIS   > -
NGINX   >
Apache   >
Amazon AWS farm   >
Microsoft Azure farm   >
Google GCP farm   >
Other cloud   >

Advanced clustering architectures

Several modules can be deployed on the same cluster. Thus, advanced clustering architectures can be implemented:

Demonstrations of Redundancy and High Availability Solutions

SafeKit Webinar

This webinar presents in 2 minutes Evidian SafeKit.

In this webinar, you will understand SafeKit mirror and farm clusters.

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.

Free trial here

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.

Free trial here

SafeKit High Availability Differentiators against Competition

SafeKit Training

Introduction

  1. Overview / pptx

    • Features
    • Architectures
    • Distinctive advantages
  2. Competition / pptx

    • Hardware vs software cluster
    • Synchronous vs asynchronous replication
    • File vs disk replication
    • High availability vs fault tolerance
    • Hardware vs software load balancing
    • Virtual machine vs application HA

Installation, Console, CLI

  1. Install and setup / pptx

    • Package installation
    • Nodes setup
    • Cluster configuration
    • Upgrade
  2. Web console / pptx

    • Cluster configuration
    • Configuration tab
    • Control tab
    • Monitor tab
    • Advanced Configuration tab
  3. Command line / pptx

    • Silent installation
    • Cluster administration
    • Module administration
    • Command line interface

Advanced configuration

  1. Mirror module / pptx

    • userconfig.xml + restart scripts
    • Heartbeat (<hearbeat>)
    • Virtual IP address (<vip>)
    • Real-time file replication (<rfs>)
  2. Farm  module / pptx

    • userconfig.xml + restart scripts
    • Farm configuration (<farm>)
    • Virtual IP address (<vip>)
  3. Checkers / pptx

    • Failover machine (<failover>)
    • Process monitoring (<errd>)
    • Network and duplicate IP checkers
    • Custom checker (<custom>)
    • Split brain checker (<splitbrain>)
    • TCP, ping, module checkers

Support

  1. Support tools / pptx

    • Analyze snapshots
  2. Evidian support / pptx

    • Get permanent license key
    • Register on support.evidian.com
    • Call desk

Documentation

  1. Technical documentation

  2. Presales documentation