It is vital that companies fully understand their weaknesses when it comes to downtime and reliability. We know that most datacentres provide Availability, but what about at the Edge?
Edge computing places data acquisition, storage of high bandwidth content and applications closer to the end-user. It is any storage or processing equipment that is not kept in a datacentre, resulting in more dispersed IT infrastructures. It would be good to understand some of the ways that we can improve Availability with Edge computing. Below are some ways that briefly outline how to do this.
Set Up direct cloud connectivity
If your office equipment relies on cloud connectivity for everyday tasks, then it would be more efficient to set up a direct connection from your Edge location to your cloud or datacentre provider. Direct connectivity will always be faster and more secure.
Run all connectivity through the datacentre
To increase security and connection reliability, installing redundant point-to-point connections between your Edge locations and your data centres is a must. If your data centre deployment is connected to the cloud, you can use these connections to take advantage of direct cloud connectivity as well.
Have a backup source
There are many offices that have backup power sources that are automated when utility power fails. But with IT equipment, the transition is not so easy, especially if there is no one there to take control. Consider using micro datacentres which provide significant processing and storage capabilities, are easily accessible and fast to deploy.
Having backup software to maintain business continuity and data integrity is also essential. The SIOS Protection Suite includes clustering software such as the LifeKeeper / DataKeeper programs where health is continuously monitored. But also having standard third-party OS backup software installed which not only restores business applications but can recover any protection suite and avoids a major loss of mission-critical data.
Improve Edge security
Consider basic cybersecurity. Make sure your devices and applications are secured with more than just an easy-to-guess password. Remember to update these devices. Setting them and forgetting them can put your company at risk.
SIOS technology can move essential applications to a High Availability environment ensuring protection for both Windows and Linux applications. This is continuous monitoring of servers, storage, applications, databases and network connections which can detect points of failure or security breaches.
Develop a failover plan and test
When an Edge location is set up, test it to see if all backup systems are working as they should. Developing a test plan to simulate failure scenarios will give you a big advantage when the real thing happens. For example, it is common to cut utility power in a failover plan to ensure everything continues to operate as it should.
A high-speed recovery solution should be considered as part of your failover plan. Where a cloud management system offers a recovery time from infrastructure failures in a matter of minutes is a good start. The SIOS failover cluster software delivers a zero RPO and an RTO of milliseconds for High Availability, so a system failure results in no data loss.
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