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Disaster Recovery Framework Concepts for Oracle® Solaris Cluster 4.4

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Updated: August 2018
Chapter 1

Introduction to the Disaster Recovery Framework

The Oracle Solaris Cluster disaster recovery framework (formerly called Geographic Edition) is a layered extension of the Oracle Solaris Cluster software. The disaster recovery framework protects applications from unexpected disruptions by using multiple clusters that are separated by long distances and by using a redundant infrastructure that replicates data between these clusters. The clusters can be global clusters, zone clusters, or a combination of both.

An Oracle Solaris Cluster configuration running the disaster recovery framework enables applications to tolerate disasters by managing replication of data and migration of services to a geographically separated secondary cluster. A configuration running the disaster recovery framework can also be used to manage a remote Oracle database that uses Oracle Data Guard replication to a secondary site, even when the database system is not running Oracle Solaris Cluster software.

A disaster such as an earthquake, a fire, or a storm might disable the cluster at the primary site. If a disaster occurs, the disaster recovery framework can continue to provide services by using the following levels of redundancy:

  • A secondary cluster

  • Duplicated application configuration on the secondary cluster

  • Replicated data on the secondary cluster

This chapter gives a high-level overview of the disaster recovery framework. It contains the following sections: