Introduction to Clustering with BeyondTrust Atlas Technology

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BeyondTrust Atlas Technology is designed for large scale geographical deployments of BeyondTrust. With Atlas, you use a single BeyondTrust site across multiple B Series Appliances. Since the administration is largely performed on a primary B Series Appliance, Atlas has minimal administration impact.

This paper describes what comprises BeyondTrust Atlas Technology, how it works at a high level, and the different deployment options for you to consider.

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Glossary

Atlas

The BeyondTrust technology which enables B Series Appliances to be deployed in a cluster.

Cluster

The collective representation of all B Series Appliances that are participating in the same BeyondTrust environment.

Primary Node

The node where a majority of the configuration takes place, such as creating users, defining public sites, configuring support teams, defining traffic nodes, etc. Essentially, everything that you would typically do in a single B Series Appliance. BeyondTrust installation /login interface is done through the designated primary node for your clustered environment.

Backup Primary Node

This node is in a configured failover relationship with the primary node. In the event of a system failure of the primary node, the backup node can take over the role as primary node.

Traffic Node

This node normally handles the bulk of session traffic for the access console and the customer client. Both the access console and the customer client bind to a traffic node, as well as the primary node, during a session. The traffic node that is chosen is determined by the various configuration options.

Inter-appliance Communication Pre-shared Key

This is a password that must be set on all of the B Series Appliances participating in a cluster. This key must match on all B Series Appliances in order to replicate information between them and to allow them to participate in the cluster.