In the traditional datacenter scenario, data is commonly stored on a shared storage network (SAN). The cloud environment doesn’t typically support shared storage.

SIOS DataKeeper presents ‘shared’ storage using replication technology to create a copy of the currently active data. It creates a NetRAID device that works as a RAID1 device (data mirrored across devices).

Data changes are replicated from the Mirror Source (disk device on the active node – Node A in the diagram below) to the Mirror Target (disk device on the standby node – Node B in the diagram below).

In order to guarantee consistency of data across both devices, only the active node has write access to the replicated device (/datakeeper mount point in the example below). Access to the replicated device (the /datakeeper mount point) is not allowed while it is a Mirror Target (i.e., on the standby node).

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