No one likes losing data, productivity, data integrity, money and the trust of partners and customers, yet technical collapse or physical damage to a server can cause all of this in a matter of minutes. If the data is not sufficiently protected through cloud replication and fail over systems, the results can be, and usually are, disastrous. Fail over replication is thus not an add-on, it’s an essential component of a well-installed and well-maintained network. If you think that disaster is too mythical and obscure for you to invest in protecting against it, consider such possible causes of server failure as flooding, fire, electrical failure, cyber-attack, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes. As recent research statistics demonstrates, losing vast amounts of data usually kills companies within two years. Without due diligence in preparing for the events listed above, among others, your company is at grave risk.
Fail over replication stands on the merger line of two processes, replication and fail over. Cloud replication is a process under which all of your data is copied live to a different server completely independent of the main server. The data is readily available should problems arise or more resources be required. Various types of clouds are available to choose from, and customizable individualized approaches to setting up clouds guarantee something for every requirement and budget. Fail over is a complex technical process that involves the operation of a backup server (or servers) linked to the main server through a ‘heartbeat’ connection. The connection tracks minute changes in the main server’s activity and sends a ‘failure’ message to the system should the ‘heartbeat’ disappear for 30 seconds or more (which would effectively mean that the main server is not sending or receiving information for half a minute, which is virtually impossible in a normal server environment). The message prompts activation of the fail over procedure in the backup server, which takes on the main server’s role as soon as possible (unless the system has been modified in order to wait for human interference prior to its start). The process, while highly sophisticated, is not at all difficult to appreciate.
This is as technical as the process needs to get for you and your company. It is highly advisable that a professional information technology processes company be hired to set up and manage the fail over replication system for you. Consider Webhosting.com. This is a Miami-based web hosting company that has been steadily gaining ground on its competitors since 1998, i.e. the beginnings of the developed Internet era. Excellent customer reviews and one of the best known customer retention rates speak to this success in a very convincing way. Let us consider some major factors that underline Webhosting.com as a great option for all of your fail over replication needs:
•One of the best servers in North America. Webhosting.com has a Tier-1 data centre with unmatched security measures in place.
•A money back guarantee that is highly unusual and welcome in this field.
•A route optimized network that does not rely on only one carrier but supports the signal of multiple carriers, which is very helpful during blackouts.
•Excellent customer service available without any advance notice
•Use of VMware for hosting the replicated data. VMware is a world leader in the highest degree of ease of use and protection against unauthorized access.
•Strong commitment to continuous improvement, as noted by customers.
A disaster recovery plan should be an indispensable part of normal business operations. Its importance is certainly lower than that of a fire escape plan in absolute terms, but in terms of a company’s market value and investment in protecting the information of its customers, being oblivious to the possible dangers is highly short-sighted. Putting a fail over replication system in place is making a wise business decision that can, should the need arise, save the company and earn it even greater respect from customers. Remember, the issue at play here is the possibility of increasing performance, lowering system downtime and cutting on overall costs, all through the realization of a streamlined system. Consider investing in making such a system the reality for your company and be prepared should unpleasant situations come up later.