Sun Cluster Concepts Guide for Solaris OS

Failover Data Services

If the node on which the data service is running (the primary node) fails, the service is migrated to another working node without user intervention. Failover services use a failover resource group, which is a container for application instance resources and network resources (logical host names). Logical host names are IP addresses that can be configured on one node, and at a later time, automatically configured down on the original node and configured on another node.

For failover data services, application instances run only on a single node. If the fault monitor detects an error, it either attempts to restart the instance on the same node, or to start the instance on another node (failover). The outcome depends on how you have configured the data service.