alanr at unix.sh
Wed Jun 2 08:53:37 MDT 2004
Kenneth Geisshirt wrote:
> I know that the subject is a bit off-list but since you're involved in
> HA solutions you might have though about backup ;-).
> Currently I'm working on a project where we use a number of server
> pairs. Each pair is coupled using heartbeat.
> But the problem is that backup vendor isn't too happy about heartbeat
> (or rather, they are not happy with "untested" software components) as
> heartbeat is an addon to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (added by me). Please
> tell me about your experiences on heartbeat and commercial backup software.
> Btw, the mission-critical data is stored on a SAN from IBM. I don't
> think we need to do backup of the servers - a reinstall will not take
> that long.
Heartbeat is just an application program. It does *nothing* at the kernel
level. It does not stand between the backup software and the data they
want to back up. It has a minimal memory footprint, and minimal CPU needs.
If their backup software is being started by heartbeat, you're probably
using their init script to start it.
I'm afraid I don't understand how they think it might interfere with their
If you can give me a contact at the backup vendor, I'd like to understand
their issues better. If this is IBM, I *definitely* want their contact
Brian Tinsley is working in the same industry with similar hardware. He
could tell you more about his backup experiences (but if they were bad, I'd
Alan Robertson <alanr at unix.sh>
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