Pairing clusters

You must pair two clusters as a first step to using real-time replication functionality. After you pair and connect two clusters, you can configure active volumes on one cluster to be continuously replicated to a second cluster, providing continuous data protection (CDP). You can pair a source and target cluster using the MVIP of the target cluster if there is Cluster Admin access to both clusters. If Cluster Admin access is only available on one cluster in a cluster pair, a pairing key can be used on the target cluster to complete the cluster pairing.

Before you begin

Note: Cluster pairing requires full connectivity between nodes on the management network. Replication requires connectivity between the individual nodes on the storage cluster network.

About this task

You can pair one NetApp Element cluster with up to four other clusters for replicating volumes. You can also pair clusters within the cluster group with each other.