Downtime And The Public Cloud

Downtime And The Public Cloud

By Chris Brunau

A recent outage of Amazon Web Services affected Amazon’s Instant Video and Book services as well as sites like Netflix and IMDb. The outage started early on a Sunday morning, due to database issues at the company’s data center in Virginia. Disruptions in service were attributed to error rates responding to API calls.

This service disruption highlights the threat of downtime, and how virtually any public cloud can be vulnerable, which may cost you. Whether it’s Amazon or Google, downtime is always lurking and can potentially cripple your business.

How to combat downtime? A solution might be moving your company’s data to a private, purpose-built cloud. A purpose-built, private cloud can offer increased control when it comes to potential outages. The adoption of the private cloud has more than doubled over the past two years, and for good reason. One of the many selling points of the private cloud is simplicity. According to the Aberdeen Group, 46% of companies that have implemented a private cloud have seen a reduction in the complexity of their IT infrastructure,.

As the research from Aberdeen highlights, there are a few important features when selecting a private cloud platform. Companies want to choose a platform that will grow with their business and keep them in the best position to scale and support any future conversions. It also has to keep critical enterprise applications running - with little to no downtime. Last but not least, private clouds should help improve application management which will better help companies understand how the applications within the cloud perform and avoid issues that may lead to revenue loss. The Aberdeen research went on to find that 71% of businesses report easier application management and administration since deploying a private cloud.

Since it may not be possible to avoid downtime with data stored in giant public clouds such as Amazon, consider storing your company’s data in a private, secure cloud. Perhaps from Datto?

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