But we wanted uptime – so we moved to the cloud but we are still down!

Infrastructure as a service

Moving to the cloud by itself doesn’t increase stability or durability of an application.  Moving to the cloud if properly done does improve communications stability, but moving does nothing to improve databases, file access, remote access services or other application servers.  When a cloud server crashes the users connected to that server experience a failure, identically to if the server was on-premise.

There is a difference between High Availability and moving to the cloud.

High Availability is when multiple services are deployed in a pool, allowing any single server to fail and that failure doesn’t result in an application outage.  We are experts in enabling high availably for database servers, application servers, web servers, file servers, virtually any type of server.  Sometimes programming or application changes may be required to achieve the highest level of High Availability, in that case, we have on-staff programmers who can advise, guide, or instruct your programming staff on how to solve the problem.  If needed we can also make the programming changes ourselves, it all depends on what your goals are.

High Availability is not a binary approach, one or off, it can be deployed in a step-by-step phased approach, enabling quickly and easily in some cases and in others developing a longer term strategy.  We let the failures guide our advice.  No two clients are the same and no two situations are the same.  We study the resources needed by the company or application, the load of those applications, the current resources being used, the costs of those resources, and then design a customized durability plan.

What about Cloud Hybrid systems?

Cloud hybrid systems are most often the most cost-effective model, where two duplicated systems, one in the cloud and the second