Some of the largest apps and websites available to the public today are hosted by cloud service providers with internationally recognized names — Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Google Cloud Platform are just a few examples. Due to the huge user base involved, anytime these servers encounter downtime, the outage’s impact can be incredibly detrimental not just to the overall goals of, say, Amazon or Google, but also to any organization relying on their cloud services for their own functionality.
Cloud computing offers businesses large upsides in terms of cost, flexibility, and ease of use. Being able to simply pull up what you need without having to worry about the physical limits in on-site data centers or storage allows small organizations to scale rapidly. Any cloud services outage, however, can hamstring your productivity entirely.
There are many different reasons a Cloud Service Provider outage might occur. Even with the incredibly rapid advances in modern technology, outages still happen surprisingly often. Due to this fact CSPs often provide service-level agreements that describe reimbursement policies in the event of a sustained outage.
Most cloud centers are able to guarantee 99.99% or better uptime, but that still leaves the risk of a particular type of event that could bring the cloud infrastructure you depend on to a halt. Some reasons why outages may possily occur include:
As many products these days have gone either mostly or totally digital, CSP outages impact more than just the bottom line. Jobs and even reputations can be at stake in the midst of a cloud outage.
As many businesses have chosen to use the cloud exclusively in order to save costs on server storage and operation, customer-facing apps and services can be taken out in even short-term outages. Many organizations work with a single cloud service provider, but using multiple CSPs can help to protect your organization against the damage that can be caused by prolonged outages by leaving you still able to access the essential infrastructure you need most.
Here are some tips to help your organization mitigate the impact of a cloud outage:
Rather than wait to act until after a cloud outage has damaged your business or even your reputation, give BACS a call. From our home base here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we provide high-tech IT support for everything from Silicon Valley startups needing help with basic Security Services to large enterprises looking for total Managed IT services nationwide. We make sure our clients can focus on their work, while we keep the infrastructure up to par. Schedule your on-site consultation today by giving us a call at (650) 887-4601 or contact us online at any time.
Published on 19th July 2016 by James Berger.