Resilient Active/Active Data Center Design Workshop

4 hours
This workshop shows how live workloads can be stretched between two data centers, with the ability to optimally route traffic in and out. This is especially important to optimize traffic to the correct data center after the workload has migrated to a new data center. In today’s data centers, uptime and availability are paramount. IT organizations and the applications they provide are becoming more vital for the overall business they are serving. Application owners are demanding a service level agreement of ‘five nines’ or better availability. Another key requirement is moving computing workloads between virtualized hosts within and between data centers, all while still providing service to customers.

The environments must be scheduled and a certified demonstrator is required.

What to Expect

A WWT expert will examine the current organization's networking architecture in detail to see if its capable of supporting Active/Active data centers. We'll also look at the high-level requirements from a storage and virtualization standpoint and make supporting recommendation. WWT will provide a networking HLD based on their existing infrastructure if it supports the requirements or new technology to support Active/Active requirements.

Follow-up networking, cloud automation and orchestration, storage, virtualization and security workshops should be performed so they are seamlessly integrated into the architecture.

  • Review of customers existing infrastructure
  • Review of what constitutes Active/Active, as this can mean several things to different people
  • A review of the 4 pillars required for a Active/Active data center
  • A deep dive demo of live workloads being migrated between data centers
  • A basic HLD and what is required in the organizations architecture to make the solution work

Goals & Objectives

This workshop will help organizations explore what is required to create true Active/Active data centers and DR strategies from this type of design.

  • The RTO/RPO of an organization's mission-critical business systems and applications must be determined and understood.
  • Organizations must decide if they want to implement Active/Active, Active/Standby or just Disaster recovery. This will be based on the RTO/RPO of their business systems.
  • True Active/Active can only be achieved at Metro distances due to latency.
  • If application workloads need to have mobility then it must be determined if the session state is required to be maintained. This will determine ingress and egress pathing requirements.  

A live demo will be performed using ACI multipod and multisite and NEXUS OTV for layer 2 extension, LISP and host route injection for ingress pathing and VMWare stretch cluster for live vMotion of VDI workload and web front ends. The result is a high-level design plan using what the current organization has in place or what is required to create this type of Active/Active solution.


The organization will ultimately have a better understanding of what is required to have a true Active/Active data center. A high-level design will be created using existing infrastructure or new hardware to support the features required. Follow-up deep dive workshops on storage, security and virtualization needs for full support can also be scheduled or combined into one large DR workshop.