How do we get there?

In your journey to the cloud and higher availability, consider the advice of author and entrepreneur Nilofer Merchant

In less than 72 hours I’ve answered the same question multiple times: How do you get there? It started with one of my older daughters asking me how to get to a school-related appointment, followed by a younger child asking me what route we were taking to a store, and finally my oldest daughter asking me how to get to a particular destination somewhere in the state. They all asked the same question but in each case…


The year 2020 was a year of uncertainty. As author and prominent leadership expert Carey Nieuwhof noted:

“It’s been a very uneven year. The poor have gotten poorer, the rich have become richer. Downtown cores are seeing commercial real estate vacancies soar, and the stock market is soaring to record heights. while whole sectors of the economy are on the verge of disappearing.”

It was also a year in which healthy companies shifted their allocations and resources, abandoning norms and well laid plans from year end 2019 to fortify emerging opportunities in the midst of the 2020 pandemic. Outages, the…


Author Carey Nieuwhof hooked me with a blog topic of the biggest trap for 2021. While not directly speaking to HA, the topic alone made me reflect on some of the trends of 2020. Cloud innovations are numerous and begin at the most fundamental levels of the infrastructure. Not to mention advances in AI, machine learning, compute capacity and algorithms, memory management and sharing, and a battery of others. All of these advances add up to making the current generation cloud the most robust, reliable and available data center. …


I love the start of another year. Well, most of it. I love the optimism, the mystery, the potential, and the hope that seems to usher its way into life as the calendar flips to another year. But, there are some downsides with the turn of the calendar. Every year the start of the New Year brings ‘____ ways to do_____. My inbox is always filled with, “Twenty ways to lose weight.” “Ten ways to build your portfolio.” “Three tips for managing stress.” “Nineteen ways to use your new iPhone.” The onslaught of lists for self improvement, culture change, stress…


In the realm of High Availability (HA) there are certain important skills your team needs if you decide to go the route of open source. Open source by definition denotes software that is freely available to use.

Today, there are numerous commercial implementations of high availability clusters for many operating systems provided by vendors like Microsoft and SIOS Technology Corp. These commercial solutions provide resource monitoring, dependency management, failover and cluster policies, and some form of management prepackaged and priced. …


In 2020 we have seen more enterprises migrating more of their mission-critical applications, ERPs and databases to the cloud. However, not all of these migrations have been smooth. I have personally witnessed cloud migration projects dramatically slowed and even stopped due to a lack of planning for application availability, the complexity of retrofitting ‘DIY High Availability’, misunderstanding related to what a ‘lift and shift’ entails and unexpected costs.

There are a number of best practices, cloud checklists, and other ways for organizations to prepare for the cloud. The following best practices should be factored into every migration strategy for high…


The importance of uptime in a post pandemic world

As vaccines roll into production and roll out to facilities and communities, and companies are beginning to prepare for reentry to normal. Many articles and writers, both in technical and non-technical spheres, are predicting that ‘normal’ in the post-pandemic era will look a lot different from the ‘normal’ we were used to in 2020. Experts vary, but genuinely agree that every business and type of industry will see a change in what was ‘normal’. This change will affect everything from academics to manufacturing plants to financial institutions to houses of worship…


Disaster recovery grief can hit you out of nowhere if you haven’t implemented the right enterprise availability architecture. Meet our friend Dave in IT to walk us through the 5 stages of disaster grief.

Stage 1: Denial

Dave in IT: “Uh oh. What’s that alert? It’s just a little application crash, right? No big deal. I’ll have things up and running in no time.”

In the land of enterprise availability there is no such thing as a little application crash or no big deal. Companies have SLA with real money on the line. …


It’s the Hallmark movie season, I mean Christmas season, I mean Hallmark Christmas movie season… (don’t judge too harshly, I’m a father of six young ladies, a hopeless romantic, and married to an amazing spouse who enjoys a good holiday laugh and happy ending). If you are in the Hallmark movie season, you know that it is highly likely that you’ll hear the phrase, “Why is love so complicated?” It will be spoken just before the heartbroken young person has developed feelings for a new love interest, and is ready to dance the night away in their arms, just as…


What to do when you inherit a mess

I grew up in a large immediate family, and an even larger group of well-meaning aunts, uncles, and family friends. Anyone who has ever been a part of a large family has probably, on more than one occasion, received a hand-me-down or had well-intentioned relatives give you a freebie. . . And if so, you know that beneath the surface of that cool-sounding inheritance, the rumored stylish clothes, or the old “family car” a nightmare could be lurking. …

Cassius Rhue

Cassius leads the Customer Experience team at SIOS Technology responsible for customer success.

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