- An example of failover is a backup computer taking over saving a file if the main computer suddenly breaks down.
- An example of failover is a backup computer system containing current copies of all data and applications.
(countable and uncountable, plural failovers)
- (computing, uncountable) A means for ensuring high availability of some critical resource (such as a computer system), involving a parallel backup system which is kept running at all times so that, upon detected failure of the primary system, processing can be automatically shifted over to the backup.
- (computing, countable) An automatic switch to a secondary system on failure of the primary system.
- The system experienced numerous failovers during the hurricane.
failover - Computer Definition
Invoking a secondary system to take over when the primary system fails. Up-to-date copies of all required data and applications are maintained on the secondary system in order to respond immediately if the primary system becomes unusable. Also called "fallover." See replication.