Query on SQL Server HA and DR

PraveenKumar 276 Reputation points

Hi All,

we have configured sql server always on failover cluster (two nodes) and both DB nodes are hosted on same DC. Application is using Listener IP to connect DB.

HA: Avoid service impact during planned or unplanned events

DR: Business continuity

As per my understanding, the above solution is HA not both HA-DR. Please correct me If I am wrong.

Can we consider daily backups (full and log) as a both HA-DR solution?

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  1. Marcin Policht 16,335 Reputation points MVP

    You can use AlwaysOn for both HA and DR.

    More at https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/database-engine/sql-server-business-continuity-dr?view=sql-server-ver16

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  1. Erland Sommarskog 104.1K Reputation points MVP

    I would say that the AG is both HA and DR, particularly if you have synchronous commit.

    You still need to do backups, full and log, but that alone may not suffice as DR, depending your RTO. (That is, how soon you need to be up after a disaster.)

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  2. LiHongMSFT-4306 24,926 Reputation points

    Hi @PraveenKumar

    we have configured sql server always on failover cluster

    As experts answered above, AlwaysOn is a powerful technology that combines HA & DR.

    Can we consider daily backups (full and log) as a both HA-DR solution?

    Daily backups are used to recover data after a failure, which means a lot for disaster recovery. However, HA is not achievable.

    Best regards,

    Cosmog Hong

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  3. Alex Bykovskyi 1,836 Reputation points


    As noted, there is Always ON which can be used to configure both HA and DR. Might be helpful: https://www.starwindsoftware.com/blog/high-availability-and-disaster-recovery-with-sql-alwayson-fci

    As for backups, daily backup serve for different thing. It allows you to restore you DBs to a certain point of time, while HA and DR allows you to avoid or minimize downtime. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/high-availability-vs-disaster-recovery-whats-why-matters-nasser/


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