What is Failover?

Failover is a critical component of system and application resilience. It refers to the ability of a system to automatically switch to a backup system when the primary system experiences a failure or becomes unavailable. The backup system, also known as a standby system, takes over seamlessly and continues to provide the required services without disruption.

How Failover Works

In a failover setup, there typically exists a primary system that handles the normal operations and a secondary system that stays in standby mode. The primary and secondary systems are usually connected to each other and constantly communicate to ensure synchronization of data and state.

When a failure is detected in the primary system, such as a hardware failure, network issue, or software crash, the failover mechanism is triggered. The secondary system, which has been actively monitoring the health of the primary system, takes over the responsibilities of the primary system. This includes handling incoming requests, processing data, and providing services to the users.

During failover, it is essential that the backup system takes over seamlessly and without any disruption to the users. This requires synchronization of data and state between the primary and secondary systems, ensuring that the backup system has the most up-to-date information and can continue operations without data loss or inconsistencies.

Why Failover is Important

Failover is crucial for maintaining high availability and reliability of systems and applications. It enables businesses to minimize downtime and ensure uninterrupted service to their users, customers, and clients. By quickly switching to a backup system in case of failures, organizations can mitigate the impact of hardware failures, network outages, or software issues, and avoid significant financial losses and reputational damage.

Failover also plays a vital role in data processing and analytics. In these contexts, the uninterrupted availability of data and computing resources is paramount for timely and accurate analysis. Failover ensures that data pipelines, batch processing jobs, and real-time analytics continue without interruption, allowing organizations to make informed decisions based on up-to-date information.

The Most Important Failover Use Cases

Failover is widely used in various industries and scenarios. Some common use cases include:

  • High-traffic websites and e-commerce platforms that cannot afford downtime during peak periods.
  • Financial institutions that require continuous availability of critical systems for transactions and trading.
  • Data centers and cloud service providers that need to ensure uninterrupted service to their customers.
  • Manufacturing and industrial facilities that rely on automated processes and systems for production.
  • Healthcare organizations that rely on electronic health records and real-time patient monitoring systems.

Other Technologies Related to Failover

Failover is closely related to various technologies and concepts, including:

  • Load balancing: Load balancers distribute incoming network traffic across multiple servers to optimize resource utilization and provide redundancy.
  • High availability: High availability refers to the ability of a system or application to remain operational and accessible even in the face of failures or disruptions.
  • Redundancy: Redundancy involves having duplicate components or systems in place to provide backup and ensure resilience in case of failures.
  • Disaster recovery: Disaster recovery focuses on the overall process of restoring and recovering systems and data after a major outage or disaster.

Why Dremio Users Should Know About Failover

Dremio users, especially those leveraging its data processing and analytics capabilities, should be aware of failover to ensure continuous availability of their data pipelines, jobs, and analytics workflows. By implementing failover mechanisms, Dremio users can enhance the reliability and resilience of their data lakehouse environments, mitigating the impact of system failures and minimizing potential downtime.

get started

Get Started Free

No time limit - totally free - just the way you like it.

Sign Up Now
demo on demand

See Dremio in Action

Not ready to get started today? See the platform in action.

Watch Demo
talk expert

Talk to an Expert

Not sure where to start? Get your questions answered fast.

Contact Us

Ready to Get Started?

Bring your users closer to the data with organization-wide self-service analytics and lakehouse flexibility, scalability, and performance at a fraction of the cost. Run Dremio anywhere with self-managed software or Dremio Cloud.