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From Robert Kr├╝ger <>
Subject Pragmatic more or less high availability option on 2 servers
Date Tue, 16 Feb 2010 10:01:21 GMT


I have to set up a SOLR cluster with some availability concept (is allowed to require manual
interaction on fault, however, if there is a better way, I'd be interested in recommendations).

I have two servers (A and B for the example) at my disposal.

What I was thinking about was the following setup:

Set up 2 SOLR Instances on each server, i.e.

on A)
- One master (active)
- One slave (always active) replicating index from the master using the mechanisms described

on B)
- One master (active but not used for index updates) replicating index form the master on
- One slave (always active) replicating index from the master on A

I'll write the configs with placeholders for properties for the address of the master server
so I can start the slaves with the master on A or on B as the master to replicate from.

When B goes down, nothing happens as the slave on A is still there to serve queries as well
as the master to serve update requests.

When A goes down updates will begin to fail but queries will still be served from the slave
on B. A restart of B with the until then inactive master as master will bring index update
functionality up again.

For simplicity's sake I did not mention any load-balancing or IP address switching stuff.
I assume that I have to load-balance the access to the two slaves and make sure that when
the master is switched to B that either it assumes the IP address or the clients updating
the index need to be changed )the forme probably being simpler).

Now, my questions are:
- Will this work?
- Can this be simplified, i.e. does it make sense to have separate master/slave instances
when they are on the same hardware or is it enough or even better to write the config of the
slave on B so that it can be restarted in "master mode" based on the same index?

Thanks in advance,


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