In the beginning, there was downtime. Single points of failure were the norm, and disaster recovery meant, “We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.” Then came the DR plan. Rather than cross fingers, folks actively deployed backup strategies, secured priority 4-hour service contracts on key equipment, and invested in hot spare equipment for the most critical components.
But would it all work when it was needed most?
After getting burned a few times on the recovery part of disaster recovery, many decided that enough was enough. “Drill, drill, drill” became the operational mantra, with design for failure becoming the engineering mantra. Rather than discovering recovery problems at 4am in an emergency, they were exhumed during normal business hours in a controlled exercise. Rather than one more break/fix Nagios alert and playbook run, systems were explicitly architected to be resilient in the face of failure.
Users and sysadmins alike rejoice: a new era of uptime is upon us.
We’re proud to have played a key role in this evolution. From our active failover capabilities for rapidly shifting production traffic to redundant infrastructure to our advanced traffic management services for enabling active-active architectures, we’re at the forefront of delivering the availability users expect and the sleep sysadmins crave.
So what are we doing to get the word out? We’re taking our message to the streets. Following up on our massively successful Active/Active webinar with Eric Rosenberry from Iovation, we’re visiting Portland, OR, and San Francisco the first week of October for live deep dives into what it takes to deliver maximum uptime (followed by one of our famous DynTinis, of course). These are invite-only, but if you’re interested, hit me up on Twitter and I’ll see what I can do to get you in!
With Portland and San Francisco checked off the list, I would also love to hear from you on where we should visit next!