Thinking of choosing virtualized high availability software over a continuous availability solution? So were 50% of Stratus customers until they learned this…
In a recent survey of over 500 Stratus customers, 50% responded that they were also considering virtualized high availability software during their buying process. “Aren’t HA (high availability) solutions good enough?”, “Can’t we just have a good DR system in place?”, and “Do we really need continuous availability?” are just a few questions that come to mind when exploring availability options.
Does this sound familiar? Here is what our customers learned as they compared options during their decision process:
Reaction is not prevention
Downtime prevention methods include a full range of options, from disaster recovery (backup and restoration), to data replication, to application failover and restart. Despite their differences, the one thing they hold in common is that they are reactive solutions – they cannot stop an outage from occurring – resulting in the very real risk of lost data and halted processing.
Choosing the right availability solution requires understanding your cost of downtime
A common way of distinguishing between availability solutions is by their percentage of availability. Traditional high availability solutions (such as clustering) can have an availability percentage of 99.95%, or 4.38 hours of downtime per year, where a continuous availability solution guarantees an availability percentage of 99.999+%, or between two and a half and five and a quarter minutes of unplanned downtime per year. These percentages may not seem like substantial differences, but they could mean the difference between hours – and big dollars. According to the Aberdeen Group, the cost of downtime went up $260,000 per hour on average between 2014 and 2016.
The Stratus approach
While HA solutions can be sufficient in some instances, Stratus’ continuous availability solutions are vital for applications and systems that are business critical, especially when they reside outside of the datacenter. When it comes to industries where system failure, or even an hour of downtime could mean destroyed reputations, damaged environments, the loss of thousands of dollars – or even worse – lives, anything less than continuous availability is simply not an option.
That is why our customers rely on Stratus to prevent the failure from occurring in the first place – and guess how operationally simple it made their lives.
Here are just a few examples of what those same Stratus customers have been experiencing:
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