Resilience is one of the key reasons businesses migrate to the cloud. Cloud infrastructures are designed to accommodate significant fluctuations in processing power and data volume to enable continuous access of services. This means high availability for end users. But to ensure high availability, you need to understand exactly how resilient your cloud infrastructure is, and if you’re using a single-site cloud platform, consider cloud backup and disaster recovery in order to get that guaranteed uptime.
In general, most cloud platforms run from a single site. This is usually one cloud site, in one location. The problem with this, is that if the site goes down you lose access to your digital data and applications. This is when you need to make sure you build backups and disaster recovery into your cloud infrastructure.
Usually, this layer of backup is something that you would need to build in yourself, designed into your cloud architecture as a separate platform. But what we’ve done with our cloud platform is to build this backup into the architecture so that all our customers receive instant disaster recovery as a standard element of their cloud solution.
Our active-active cloud infrastructure is essentially two cloud platforms linked together, and running simultaneously. This is how our cloud is designed, so customers are essentially getting access to two cloud environments in one. Any data that is saved to, modified, or updated on the primary platform, is automatically replicated to a secondary platform. You get two identical platforms in two different, geographically separate locations, which run identically to provide two synchronised hosting environments. This means that should the primary site fail, or experience downtime, the secondary site continues to function and serve the data so that you can continue with business as usual. The failover to the second site is automatic, so you don’t even experience a minute, nor a second of downtime.
This active-active cloud provides better resilience than a single site cloud platform, with a built-in backup and automatic failover.
If you’d like to see how this works in more detail, check out our YouTube channel for explainer videos or why not get in touch, and we’ll arrange a demo or free trial so you can understand how active-active cloud might benefit your business.