1.0 Overview

Heartbeat is an open source server clustering system that ensures high availability and manageability of critical network resources including data, applications, and services. It is a multinode clustering product for Linux that supports failover, failback, and migration (load balancing) of individually managed cluster resources. Heartbeat is shipped with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and provides you with the means to make virtual machines (containing services) highly available.

This chapter introduces the main product features and benefits of Heartbeat. Find several exemplary scenarios for configuring clusters and learn about the components making up a Heartbeat version 2 cluster. The last section provides an overview of the Heartbeat architecture, describing the individual architecture layers and processes within the cluster.