virtual IP address


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virtual IP address

An IP address that is shared among multiple domain names or multiple servers. Virtual IP addressing enables one IP address to be used when multiple websites are hosted on one server. Virtual IPs are also widely used to balance incoming traffic to multiple servers. The incoming packets are sent to the virtual IP and forwarded to the real IP address of the server targeted to respond.
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When an application host initiates an iSCSI session to the virtualized storage system (via the virtual IP address of the cluster), the primary SSC designates a member of the cluster to service the data-path to the storage elements that comprise the volume to be accessed by the requesting application host.
This created the equivalent of 300 unique logical clients, each blasting streams of HTTP 1.0 and 1.1 requests to the virtual IP address of the CS-150.
If the heartbeat fails to appear in some configurable time period, then the applications (and other resources such as the node's virtual IP address) are taken over by the back-up node.

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