Clustering for Load Balancing
and High Availability
Clustering two or more GoAnywhere Director™ installations will provide a distributed environment for handling your automated file transfers. Two significant advantages which clustering offers in GoAnywhere Director is greater high availability with true "active-active" support and load balancing by allowing workloads to be distributed across multiple systems.
High Availability (Active-Active)
The inherent active-active support with GoAnywhere Director clustering will provide the maximum high availability for your mission critical environment. If a GoAnywhere Director system were to fail (for example, due to a network or hardware failure), the remaining systems in the cluster will continue to serve your processes. This can help your organization to minimize downtime, meet Service Level Agreements (SLA) and increase user satisfaction.
GoAnywhere Director can be scaled horizontally by adding additional systems to the cluster. This will allow the workload to be distributed for running file transfer jobs and file monitors. As your business and transfer requirements grow, GoAnywhere can easily grow with it by adding additional systems to the cluster.
How It Works
A communication channel is established between all GoAnywhere Director systems within a cluster to keep them in constant communication with each other. Administrators can login to one system's browser-based interface to configure and manage all processes.
The following features are available in GoAnywhere Director when running in a clustered environment:
- Two or more GoAnywhere Director systems within a cluster can connect to the same external database at the same time. This allows these systems to share security settings, project definitions, job schedules, monitor configurations and other details.
- The execution of scheduled jobs will be distributed across the cluster to share in the workload of running projects.
- Monitors are evenly distributed across the cluster allowing for quicker scanning of directories.
Setup and configuration is greatly simplified since GoAnywhere Director does not rely on any third-party tools. Everything you need to set up a clustered environment is built into the product.
GoAnywhere Director can be installed onto Windows, Linux, IBM i, AIX (pSeries), UNIX, HP-UX, Mac OS and Solaris platforms. IBM i is also referred to as System i, iSeries, as400, as/400 and i5.