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Re: PostgreSQL in Cluster

From: Richard Huxton <dev(at)archonet(dot)com>
To: "Luiz Guilherme Freitas de Paula" <luiz(at)auge(dot)com(dot)br>,<pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: PostgreSQL in Cluster
Date: 2004-02-27 20:33:00
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On Friday 27 February 2004 20:13, Luiz Guilherme Freitas de Paula wrote:
> Is there any way to use PostgreSQL in a cluster configuration or have
> redundancy?

Well, you don't say much about your hardware, usage patterns etc. but you 
might want look at the various replication options currently available.

There's one in the source distribution: contrib/dbmirror.
Or perhaps erserver/rservimp on

> How can I have my DB to not stop on hardware failure?

I don't know of anyone doing instant fail-over to a secondary machine. You 
might want to consider the following:

1. External, shared RAID drives (note that you *MUST NOT* run two versions of 
PG against the same files)
2. Duplicate machines with replication and one of the "heartbeat+failover" 
options (free or commercial)
3. Commercial high-availability hardware (I know - too expensive)

Can't say much more without knowing what you want. Whatever path you decide to 
take, do a proper risk assessment first and allow time to understand the 
systems involved and too proper testing.

  Richard Huxton
  Archonet Ltd

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