Cloud Outage Issues? Not with the Right Cloud Workload Mobility Solution!

By: Tom NiklMarch 1, 2017

Today, the collective AWS-using-world had a mild (major?) panic attack when S3, Amazon’s cloud storage solution, suffered from some major outage issues. Two hours in, AWS still hadn’t fixed the entirety of the issue, potentially leaving as many as 150,000 websites in a bit of a quandary.

Now, first let’s emphasize that outages like this are rare and technically still fall within Amazon’s S3 99.9% uptime SLA. And despite this outage, the cloud still offers enterprises amazing benefits… but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a hindrance to enterprises far and wide when things go down.

So, how can enterprises combat cloud outages and downtime? With a strong cloud workload mobility solution, which Velostrata just happens to provide! Any enterprise using Velostrata as their solution to migrate workloads between on-premises and Amazon AWS (or Microsoft Azure) would have been able to avoid major downtime today by taking advantage of our quick rollback capability. This capability allows any application running in Amazon (or Azure) to be returned on-premises with just a few clicks, within a few minutes, and leveraging the latest state synchronized on-premises by Velostrata.

This is because Velostrata’s unique technology can move workloads to the cloud (or back on-prem) in just a few minutes, while keeping data synchronized between both locations. This enables any application to move to or from the cloud with ease (and within minutes, regardless of the amount of data). So, in cases of cloud outages, you can quickly return the application on-prem (thus leveraging your datacenter) to run the workload locally, or you can run it in another cloud region, or in another cloud provider altogether.

Basically, after just a few clicks and within a few minutes, you’ve completely mitigated the cloud outage. This means your resources are running smoothly for your end users and customers while your competitors are anxiously waiting for someone else to fix their problem. It’s an easy way for enterprises to guard against 3rd party inflicted downtime without any additional risk or overhead. Eventually, whenever the cloud provider returns from the outage, it takes just a few leisurely clicks to re-migrate (re-re-migrate?) the application from on-prem (or another cloud / region) back to its original location while the cloud data store re-synchronizes with the latest state on-premises.

Long story short, with a cloud workload mobility solution like Velostrata, you have the power and the flexibility to run workloads in the cloud, while keeping data completely persistent in the event you need to move an application back and forth. This means that even if cloud outages last for hours, your downtime is only a few minutes! But what’s even more important, is that it gives enterprises control over what happens to their workloads (and their uptime) even when something outside their control‑like a cloud outage‑occurs. It’s the ultimate in both cloud flexibility and downtime prevention.

If you’d like to learn more, be sure to check out this white paper on how we empower dynamic hybrid clouds, or this white paper on how our technology works. And, of course, you can always drop us a line if you’d prefer, too.

Tom Nikl
Tom Nikl
Tom has spent twelve years leading product management and product marketing at technology companies large and small who focus on virtualization and cloud technologies. He currently blogs primarily about cloud migration, with an emphasis on overcoming challenges that companies face getting to the cloud and how to solve them. Prior to enterprise, Tom received a B.S. in Computer Science from San Jose State University. Outside of work he is an unabashed fan of Disney Theme Parks and delicious junk food.