Purpose of Vmware Stretched Cluster

Some environments use  Vmware Stretched cluster for disaster recovery.
- the only way I see it helpful, is when VM Fault-tolerance is enabled. Because if VMs keep Vmotioning between sites then we might see Latency.
If VM keeps replicating to another VM via Fault-tolerance feature, then if  Site A goes down, that will make sense to have similar VM on siteB with exact data to use.

- if you stretch a cluster, I believe you still need to configure VM-ESX host affinity
 
any EE to elaborate on this ?
 
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jskfanAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
By the way, when 2 VMs are in Fault-tolerance(one replicates to the other), one in Production site and one in DR site. I believe they should have the same name, so that clients will reach the VM in the DR site the same way they used to reach the VM in the production site. I was just wondering when both sites are up and 2 VMs with the same DNS name, would this be an issue ?

Although two VMs exist one is Primary and one is Secondary, the Secondary only becomes active, when the primary fails.

So there will never be an issue with two DNS names and IP Addresses conflicting. it cannot happen.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If either Datacenter A or Datacenter B is destroyed or unavailable, you can immediately be back ONLINE, with 1-2 minutes. (if using FT then no downtime).

(depending on replication times between SAN, e.g, constant replication)

Also simplifies networking, DR, no real requirement for failover and failback software, SRM...

So speed of Recovery and Business Continuity.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
By the way, when 2 VMs are in Fault-tolerance(one replicates to the other), one in Production site and one in DR site. I believe they should have the same name, so that clients will reach the VM in the DR site the same way they used to reach the VM in the production site. I was just wondering when both sites are up and 2 VMs with the same DNS name, would this be an issue ?
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Thank you
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