Windows Server Failover Clustering Overview

Windows Server Failover Clustering is the #1 ranked solution in our list of top High Availability Clustering tools. It is most often compared to Veritas InfoScale Availability: Windows Server Failover Clustering vs Veritas InfoScale Availability

What is Windows Server Failover Clustering?
Windows Server Failover Clustering provides infrastructure features that support the high-availability and disaster recovery scenarios of hosted server applications such as Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange. If a cluster node or service fails, the services that were hosted on that node can be automatically or manually transferred to another available node in a process known as failover.
Windows Server Failover Clustering Customers
Karl-Franzens-Universit_t Graz, NAV CANADA, Magnachip, ólectricit_ de France, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Bank Alfalah Ltd., Local Government Association of Queensland
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What users are saying about Windows Server Failover Clustering pricing:
  • "The functionality is included in Windows Server licences."

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Systems Network Engineer at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Good reliability and scalability, however the licensing is confusing

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for redundancy, our virtual machines, and for automatic failover.

Pros and Cons

  • "The reliability is pretty good."
  • "They could drop the price or improve the cost of the hyper-converged component of it all. Right now, licensing is expensive and complex."

What other advice do I have?

We're a Microsoft silver partner. We're on Windows Server 2016. I would warn potential new users that they need to pay attention to the licensing due to the fact that it's complex, and, depending on what you need, can get expensive. The newer stuff seems to be more reliable than the older systems. I'm not using it yet, but I'd advise new users to get Windows 2019. Overall, I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.
Consultant at Unisys Corporation
Real User
Leaderboard
Easily create clusters supporting geo-redundancy, improves business continuity

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is increasing the availability of servers (Fail-, Mail-, RDBMS, …).

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the ability to easily create clusters supporting geo-redundancy."
  • "The standard, non-enterprise technical support could be improved."

What other advice do I have?

I am happy with the current features. The technology has evolved impressively. With Windows 2019, it is possible, to “failover cluster” both on-premises and cloud resources.