Cloud Provider Redundancy
By now most organizations realize that moving to the Cloud makes business sense, understanding the benefits like reduced infrastructure costs, faster speeds, increased security, and better scalability. As long as your Cloud is up and running of course. Very few consider what the effect would be on their business’ operations if the Cloud goes down.
IT managers have moved to the Cloud as they do not have to maintain and continually update on-premise hardware and software. It is taken care of. No more alarms in the middle of the night because the air conditioners went down in the local server room and the machines are busy overheating, or the onsite exchange server crashed and everyone’s emails are down. Anyone who worked in IT pre-2012 can share similar stories to why they can now sleep better at night thanks to the Cloud.
The Cloud not only offers offsite storage and backups, but also offers computing power and software as a service (SaaS) solutions where expensive high-end machines are no longer needed. Employees can simply connect to the Cloud via a secure portal and have instant access to powerful programs and applications with Terabytes of memory and multi-core CPU computing power. All they need is a fast internet (or private network) connection, a keyboard, mouse and screen.
So, what if your Cloud provider does go down?
To rely on only a single Cloud provider is like putting all your eggs in one basket. We find this to be the case with many organisations, a risk we believe one cannot afford.
In April 2011, Amazon Web Services (AWS) experienced a significant outage which impacted a large region in the east of the United States where even big names like Hootsuite, Quora and Reddit were badly affected. Read more about this on AWS’ website. Although this case made headline news, similar events occur all the time on a smaller scale where organisations are left in the dark for hours without service. That is when the beauty of the Cloud can turn into a nightmare with real cost implications.
In order to reduce this kind of risk, Stage2Data is introducing Cloud Provider Redundancy, or CPR. This enables replicating (or mirroring) your data and services to a secondary Cloud provider where everything exists in two (or more) locations, readily available at all times. In the event where the primary Cloud service goes down, a secondary Cloud provider will take over full functionality. All systems, data and software will be accessible and business operations can continue to run as usual. Once the problem has been resolved, changes are synchronised from the secondary (backup) Cloud provider back to the primary Cloud provider until everything is restored back to normal.
Our Cloud Provider Redundancy solution can be compared with a full replication service in the Cloud. It introduces a new cost-effective approach to DRaaS and is much more affordable than traditional DR replication services. The CPR solution works with both public and private Cloud providers, it is scalable and 100% secure.
We are running a CPR launch special where anyone who signs up for CPR before September 30, 2017 will get their first month completely free.
There’s no reason to delay, click below to sign up today.