We’re a bunch of techies here at Stratus so when we think of ourselves we tend to think about what we do versus what we enable to happen. Yes, we make servers and software but what do those servers and software actually do? Every time I see a new use of our technology, I literally get a bit excited because what our technology enables is pretty great. So, I’m always reminding myself and others of what Stratus really does. In simple terms….

Stratus builds technology that enables always-on Applications.

So, what exactly is an Always On Application? It’s an application that cannot fail or go down because if it does there is potential risk to life, revenues or even reputation. We have been doing this for a long time and in all kinds of places, but recently I’ve been spending some time thinking about how always-on applications have changed over the years. As technology has evolved so have the needs and uses of always-on applications. What’s most exciting today is seeing the developments in the internet of things (IoT) and software defined networking, I believe we are seeing the beginnings of the next major shift in always on. I call this the third wave of always-on applications but in order to understand the third wave, we need to talk about the first two waves.

Stratus made a name for itself in the first wave. And in fact since our systems are up and running for a very long time there is still a whole bunch of our gear out there supporting many first wave applications. But in the past five years we’ve put more and more effort on the second wave which is very much underway and with the advent of Big Data and IoT technology, this will continue for some time. But as we look ahead at future developments such as 5G mobile networks and solar and wind farms, we will see less and less people operating the applications and more and more automation and intelligence. In this world, failures here will be even more difficult to recover from.

To sum up, the need to enable always-on infrastructures is here to stay for a long time. The key for vendors like us and our partners is to adapt to the shifts in demand for always on.