We’re a bunch of techies here at Stratus, so when we think of ourselves we tend to think about what we do, rather than what we make happen. Yes, we develop servers and software, but what do our servers and software actually do?

Every time I see our fault-tolerant systems being utilized in a new way, I get excited; the services and industries that our technology enables are amazing. I’m always reminding myself and others of what we really do here at Stratus. In simple terms….

Stratus builds technology that enables always-on Applications.

What is an always-on application? It’s an application that cannot afford to fail. If the application goes down, there is risk to revenue, reputation, or even life. Stratus has been doing this for a long time, across a wide variety of industries.

Recently, I’ve been spending some time thinking about how always-on applications have changed over the years. As technology has evolved, so has 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 refer to this as the “third wave” of always-on applications. But in order to understand the “third wave”, we need to talk about the first two…

Stratus first made a name for itself in the “first wave”. In fact, we’ve been around for so long that there are still a multitude of our servers and hardware out there that support a variety of “first wave” applications. However, in the past five years, we’ve intensified efforts on “second wave” tech. With the advent of Big Data and IoT technology, the “second wave” will continue for some time.

As we look ahead toward future developments, such as 5G mobile networks or solar and wind farms, we will see fewer instances of human application operation, and an increase in automation and intelligence. In this new world, failures will be even more costly.

In short, the need to enable always-on infrastructures is here to stay. The key for Stratus and our partners is to continue to adapt to the ever-changing demands of always-on.