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Posted by Anna Nicholls on 10-Mar-2022 11:57:34

Quick question FAQs - what is active-active cloud and how does it work?

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Our cloud platform - CloudActiv - has been built to be active-active as standard. But what is active-active cloud, and how does it work?

Well in simple terms, it means that your server, servers or websites run on two identical platforms from two separate data centres. The two data centre locations used for CloudActiv are around 6km apart for resilience, and then a third site acts as a witness site. 

When you make changes - edit files, upload documents, update your website etc. - your servers replicate automatically to both sites in real time, meaning that your changes are made twice - once to each site. Basically, you have two cloud platforms running in real time tandem. 

This means that if the worst happens, and as a provider we lose an entire site (which is a highly unlikely scenario in itself) you can carry on as normal as your data will be served from the second site. This failover is instant, and automatic so there is no downtime. The RTO/RPO is near zero. In addition to this, each of the two sites has a number of replicated hosts and these hosts allow for numerous hardware failures which also works to ensure that we can offer zero downtime to our CloudActiv clients. Each of our two sites is also backed up by multi-tiered connectivity and UPS backed A and B power feeds.

In a nutshell, CloudActiv automatically gives you multiple instances of a single server which is great for disaster recovery plans and critical systems which need 100% uptime. And we roll this resilience out to all our CloudActiv customers, at no extra cost.

To find out more about our active-active cloud platform, or for a free trial or demo, get in touch with our cloud team on 0161 498 1200 or click here to get in touch.

Topics: resilience, cloud hosting, data centre, cloud, hosting, it industry, cloud storage, data centres

Anna Nicholls

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