Start Here For a Successful High Availability Strategy

October 27, 2015
High availability is one of those topics that garners lots of different opinions. Ask a business or technology leader how much network downtime their company can tolerate, and they’ll answer “none” almost every single time. But what does “none” actually mean? More importantly, how much will “none” cost? In this video, we will talk about high availability, from a business perspective, and provide a foundation for developing an effective availability strategy for your business. The Problem: IT Hardware is GOING to fail. What’s important is that we understand and address what can be mitigated and have a plan of action for the items that cannot be mitigated. The Business Implications: Before we get started in planning high availability, we need to ensure that there is an actual business problem to solve. The first step in developing a strategy for high availability is to understand what impact a network outage of various systems would have on our ability to do business. The question of “How much network availability do I need?” is kind of like asking how long a piece of string is - it COMPLETELY depends on the impact the network outage would have to your company. Dealing with the Cards You’ve Been Dealt: We need to understand ALL of the elements that could impact our deployment and then determine which ones we can effectively mitigate. The reality is that budgets are limited so when given lemons make lemonade. Be creative and mitigate what we CAN and understand what we CANNOT mitigate. This allows us to create contingency plans that work around these events. Design matters and the architecture, design and hardware selected will have a tremendous impact on how available your final business system is. At the end of the day, thinking outside the box and leveraging creative solutions will deliver

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