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Replicating Mission-Critical Applications to the Cloud

Published on 14 April 15
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One of the worst things that can happen to a business owner is the loss of access to key applications. Losing the ability to process sales or communicate with customers not only causes profit losses, but negatively impacts the brand of your business, as you seem unprofessional when you canât do something as seemingly simple as processing a credit card. This is why it is so important to move your vital applications, sometimes also called Mission-Critical applications, to the cloud.

Mission-Critical Applications are the ones that mobilize your business. So anything that you need to have every day would qualify. SQL servers, web hosting servers, and Exchange servers are common types of servers that may come up, but depending on your business you may have additional programs that need the same treatment. For example, if you are a retailer, the system that you use to host your POS program is mission-critical, as is the system that you use to run credit cards. Remember, anything customer-facing or vital for the business is something that you need to replicate into the cloud.

You may be asking why this is so prudent, and it is a good question. There are thousands of things that can go wrong when you leave your vital infrastructure on-site in your location. Anything ranging from a cable going bad to a fire can result in this vital infrastructure going down â and your customers becoming frustrated because they canât purchase or utilize your services. Even simple things like operator error can be devastating â you might not think of your IT guy making mistakes (though we are all mortal), but it is just as easy for the cleaning crew to remove the plug for a vital server to vacuum the floor. This would have the same impact on your business as having a hacker remotely shut your machine off.

This is where a solution like Vault Networks' vnCloud comes in (Disclaimer: I work for Vault Networks, so this is the solution I'm most familiar with). The vnCloud solution is immune to these problems because, simply put, it isnât on-site, and canât be broken by outside forces ranging from avalanches to zebra stampedes. It is a highly redundant cloud that is backed by a 100% SLA so the team at Vault Networks can make sure that your cloud infrastructure is available for you to access no matter what. Even if there is a glitch by your IT team, you can restore to a more effective point by subscribing to backup services to complete snapshots of your server. Not only would your sever be restored in the exact same condition that you backed it up in, but you could also use the snapshot to build servers exactly like it to assist you in scaling up your infrastructure when needed â giving you the ability to expand your infrastructure for times where traffic is heavier than others â tax time for businesses that work with accounting, for example. Backups can follow multiple schedules, ranging from daily, weekly, monthly, and more depending on customer needs. These backups are available for all types of vnCloud Cloud Servers, and many other cloud services offer similar solutions.

Before implementing a cloud solution in your production environment, it is always a good idea to test the water and work with the prospective vendor to see how things work in a test environment. Many organizations offer these consultation services upon request, so be sure to ask when looking for this type of business.

One of the worst things that can happen to a business owner is the loss of access to key applications. Losing the ability to process sales or communicate with customers not only causes profit losses, but negatively impacts the brand of your business, as you seem unprofessional when you canât do something as seemingly simple as processing a credit card. This is why it is so important to move your vital applications, sometimes also called Mission-Critical applications, to the cloud.

Mission-Critical Applications are the ones that mobilize your business. So anything that you need to have every day would qualify. SQL servers, web hosting servers, and Exchange servers are common types of servers that may come up, but depending on your business you may have additional programs that need the same treatment. For example, if you are a retailer, the system that you use to host your POS program is mission-critical, as is the system that you use to run credit cards. Remember, anything customer-facing or vital for the business is something that you need to replicate into the cloud.

You may be asking why this is so prudent, and it is a good question. There are thousands of things that can go wrong when you leave your vital infrastructure on-site in your location. Anything ranging from a cable going bad to a fire can result in this vital infrastructure going down â and your customers becoming frustrated because they canât purchase or utilize your services. Even simple things like operator error can be devastating â you might not think of your IT guy making mistakes (though we are all mortal), but it is just as easy for the cleaning crew to remove the plug for a vital server to vacuum the floor. This would have the same impact on your business as having a hacker remotely shut your machine off.

This is where a solution like Vault Networks' vnCloud comes in (Disclaimer: I work for Vault Networks, so this is the solution I'm most familiar with). The vnCloud solution is immune to these problems because, simply put, it isnât on-site, and canât be broken by outside forces ranging from avalanches to zebra stampedes. It is a highly redundant cloud that is backed by a 100% SLA so the team at Vault Networks can make sure that your cloud infrastructure is available for you to access no matter what. Even if there is a glitch by your IT team, you can restore to a more effective point by subscribing to backup services to complete snapshots of your server. Not only would your sever be restored in the exact same condition that you backed it up in, but you could also use the snapshot to build servers exactly like it to assist you in scaling up your infrastructure when needed â giving you the ability to expand your infrastructure for times where traffic is heavier than others â tax time for businesses that work with accounting, for example. Backups can follow multiple schedules, ranging from daily, weekly, monthly, and more depending on customer needs. These backups are available for all types of vnCloud Cloud Servers, and many other cloud services offer similar solutions.

Before implementing a cloud solution in your production environment, it is always a good idea to test the water and work with the prospective vendor to see how things work in a test environment. Many organizations offer these consultation services upon request, so be sure to ask when looking for this type of business.

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