This is our basic outline for the two node cluster configuration we have been working on:
The Promise VTrak E310sD RAID Subsystem with 12 drive bays:
And our Intel Server System SR1695GPRX2AC server node configuration:
- 2x Intel Server System SR1695GPRX2AC servers.
- 1x Promise VTrak E310sD outfitted with 12x 300GB 15K Seagate SAS drives.
- Time to stand up the cluster on an existing domain.
Cost wise this configuration makes a lot of sense for clients that can be hit with thousands of dollars per hour for downtime during their peak season or anytime for that matter.
Whenever we have an opportunity to propose a Failover Cluster option where the Intel Modular Server is our primary we will fall back to a configuration like this to present as a second option.
Failover is an insurance policy. So, the better the insurance the higher the cost.
The Intel Modular Server platform provides a full level of redundancy and scalability where the 2 node standalone server configuration does not.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book