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Real User
Systems Network Engineer at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Jul 15 2020

What is most valuable?

The failover is the solution's most valuable aspect. The reliability is pretty good. The Dell side of the technical support that is on offer is quite good. The solution can scale. The solution, especially the latest version, has pretty good stability.

What needs improvement?

The solution has failed me maybe twice since I've had it over the course of ten years. The failure was a long time ago, however, and it happened on a different version. RIght now, the current version seems to work properly. I'd like to see the reliability continue to improve. I don't ever want the… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing is kind of convoluted. We have to pay licensing costs twice. Once because we're a software as a service (SaaS) company where people access our servers. I have to get the service provider license purchased. I purchased that from Dell, but it's a Microsoft license subscription and it's… more »

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… more »
Reto Koenig
Real User
Consultant at Unisys Corporation
Dec 04 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to easily create clusters supporting geo-redundancy.

How has it helped my organization?

Business continuity is much better, due to the possibility of patching/upgrading systems without interruption of services.

What needs improvement?

The standard, non-enterprise technical support could be improved.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Unlike twenty years ago, the setup of a failover cluster is a straightforward process which can be automated easily. The functionality is included in Windows Server… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before Windows Failover Clustering, Digital Equipment VMS Clusters did the same job. The platform died (also because it was quite expensive), the developers changed to… more »

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… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at some third-party solutions, which are no longer of importance today. Some of them had better features at the time, but we decided to go with the MS solution… more »

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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.
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