|April 18, 2020||
Webinar: Oracle Database High Availability In The Cloud
Moving to the cloud does not have to involve disruptive changes to your architecture and application designs. Nor high costs to keep High Availability redundancy and architectural changes to your HA clusters.
Even when Oracle removed the RAC feature from Standard Edition from 19c onward, and ends support for 12c, you can still achieve high-availability with 3rd party HA solutions like SIOS. Enjoy savings of up to 70% of costs without upgrading to enterprise edition Oracle DB.
In this 1-hour online session, learn how you can achieve the above and more. This includes cost savings when using Oracle and other applications for your organization. All these without compromising your 99.99% uptime requirement in the cloud.
Live Webinar – Thursday, 23rd April, 2020
Used by some of the most demanding enterprises in APAC including – AGL Australia • Perth Stadium • Dept of Transport and Main Roads Australia • Inghams Group Australia • Chris O’brien Hospital • Korea Education bureau • LG Display Korea • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries • NH Bank Korea • Nagaworld Casinos Cambodia • Nomura Research Institute (Shanghai) • Panasonic Asia • Razer Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd • Samsung Korea • Zespri New Zealand
|April 7, 2020||
Managing Alert-Stress for AWS EC2 with SIOS AppKeeper
Has this ever happened to you? You receive an alert about an application issue when you are out of the office, and you don’t have the information you need to address it? And you either need to access your cloud management console from an inconvenient location or pass the information on to another colleague to address? Or you are investigating an alert when another one comes in requiring your attention? Research has shown it can take the average person 23 minutes to recover from unexpected interruptions.
With companies moving to the cloud and having to manage more complex computing environments, this “alert stress” is starting to take a toll on workers’ productivity and mental health. Cloud monitoring solutions are trying to give you more information so you can resolve issues faster, but the depth of information they provide and the volume of alerts can be overwhelming.
Is Application Performance Management for AWS Enough?
Migrating to an AWS cloud infrastructure means that you often have to adopt new ways of managing and monitoring your applications. You can take advantage of AWS’s native cloud management functionality for your EC2 environment. But many companies quickly outgrow the functionality of these tools and deploy commercial Application Performance Management (APM) solutions for wider coverage and deeper insights.
But here’s the thing. These sophisticated APM solutions can be creating more work for you. Yes, they often come with alert notification workflows to put the right information into the right person’s hands quickly. But they do very little to fix the situation without manual intervention. The result: lots of stress-inducing alerts needing your immediate attention.
That’s why we created SIOS AppKeeper. It is the industry’s first out-of-the-box solution to automatically respond to service outages on Amazon EC2 instances. AppKeeper allows companies to protect applications from service interruptions and downtime while eliminating the need for costly and time-consuming manual intervention.
AppKeeper Automatically Restarts Failed Services in AWS EC2
SIOS AppKeeper not only identifies and sends notifications for failures. But it will also automatically attempt to restart failed services or reboot the instance if necessary. Our users have found that AppKeeper automatically addresses almost 85% of the application service failures that occur. Without having to disrupt you, your I.T. or Development team or third-parties.
SIOS customers and partners in Japan have been using SIOS AppKeeper since 2017 to protect their AWS environments. ForgeVision is an AWS Advanced Consulting partner, integrates AppKeeper into its cloud management console. It has been allowing it to monitor and recover customers’ failures more cost-effectively. And AppKeeper is allowing Hobby Japan, a publishing company in Tokyo, to create a maintenance-free, low-cost environment.
Then you can see for yourself what it’s like to have systems failures in AWS EC2 automatically addressed.
– Daisuke Yoshioka, Manager, Business Development for SIOS AppKeeper.
|March 27, 2020||
Thoughts on COVID-19 and Assistance for Remote IT
JFK assassination. 9/11. And now COVID-19. Life-changing events that forever stick in our memories, forever change us. Yet when these life situations occur it can bring us together, and make us rethink what really matters; family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and even those we’ve never met, because in each of us there is innate compassion for our fellow human beings. These events show us what we’re made of as individuals, as a nation, and now as a world.
As we adapt to life with the current pandemic, for many the new norm is working from home, Zoom meetings, and hoping we’re not off mute when the dog goes berserk because his buddy is walking by and he wants to go out and play. That timing never seems to work out. But we take it in stride, because we’re all in very similar boats, and it is what it is. We’re all trying to make the best of a complex situation.
Working From Home Adds Strain to IT Teams
Working from home not only puts added pressure on those doing it, but it also adds a load of pressure on the systems that are supporting our remote IT operations and, of course, our IT teams. It’s challenging when critical systems are down when everyone is together in the office, but it can be exponentially worse when everyone is working remotely, relying on even those not-so-critical systems to maintain productivity.
How SIOS Can Help
To help companies manage these new remote IT challenges and help keep these systems operational, we are offering the use of SIOS AppKeeper at no cost until June 30, 2020. Please feel free to use AppKeeper to help keep your AWS workloads up and running and, hopefully, alleviate some of your stress and worry during these difficult times.
We’ll get through this. We always do. And we’ll do it together.
Be safe. Be careful. Be healthy.
-Michael Bilancieri SIOS SVP, Products and Marketing
Reproduced from SIOS
|March 26, 2020||
SIOS Product Update: What’s New in SIOS Protection Suite and DataKeeper Cluster Edition – Windows
SIOS is pleased to announce the release of version 8.7.1 of our SIOS Protection Suite-Windows and DataKeeper Cluster Edition-Windows products. The new release broadens support and adds new features to meet our customers’ needs for easy, cost-optimized high availability.
The following features and additional support are being introduced as part of this update for DataKeeper and SIOS Protection Suite:
What’s next? Let us know what you’d like to see and check back for more updates!
Reproduced from SIOS
|January 27, 2020||
RSM Australia Gets Protection in a Hybrid Cloud
SIOS DataKeeper chosen for its ability to enable shared storage clustering in Azure
“With any clustering technology, you need to be wary of what you’re doing to avoid having failover fail. But with SIOS DataKeeper, the system pretty much just manages and maintains itself…It just works!” – Craig Hannagan, RSM Project Manager
RSM Australia (www.rsm.global/australia) is a professional services firm with advisers in 30 offices across Australia. RSM Australia is part of RSM Global, the world’s sixth-largest audit, tax and consulting network. RSM Global nexus of member firms draws on more than 43,000 people in 800 offices across 120 countries to help guide clients through business challenges, both locally and seamlessly across borders.
For years RSM Global had a collection of independent content management systems running across their 30 national offices. Craig Hannagan, RSM’s Project Manager was tasked with creating a single, centralized CMS that was highly available for over 1,200 users. After deciding on using iManage’s CMS product, they had to determine the best way to maximize availability.
The Challenge: Achieving Uptime On Azure
Having a highly available system was critical. “We could have hosted this centralized solution on-premises but as an existing Microsoft customer and given the inherent high availability of Azure, the public cloud was quite an attractive option for us,” Craig recalls. “We already had a Telstra MPLS network connecting all of our offices. So providing access into Azure was quite easy.”
After some initial research, however, the team discovered that Microsoft Azure could not achieve the uptime required without additional support. Specifically, the clustering on the Azure cloud did not support the disk sharing required to deploy SQL Server Standard Edition. “We could have used the Enterprise Edition to achieve always-on availability, but we didn’t want to just replicate databases. We wanted to actually replicate the entire instance of SQL Server to assure having an instant, seamless failover,” Craig explains.
While searching the Internet for possible solutions, Craig and his team learned about Providence Solutions Australia (www.providencesolutions.com.au), uptime specialists with Asia Pacific reach. The team at Providence Solutions Australia recommended using SIOS DataKeeper. In addition to meeting all of the technical requirements, Craig was also impressed that SIOS DataKeeper was certified by Microsoft. “These two factors gave us confidence that we were not going to encounter conflicts between the two vendors.
The Solution For Azure High Availability & Disaster Recovery
RSM Australia is using SIOS DataKeeper to address the inability of Azure to use cluster-aware shared storage, such as a storage area network. To maximize high availability, the company deployed a third node on-premises in Sydney that serves as both a disaster recovery solution in the event of a total Azure failure and an “exit strategy” should they ever decide to leave Azure in the future. On-premises replication also facilitates unlocking the disc volumes to make periodic backups onto tape for permanent records retention.
According to Craig: “One thing we’ve found with Azure is while they offer various backup technologies within the cloud, if you want to leave for whatever reason, getting a copy of that backup can be fairly difficult. The fact that we’re able to get backups on our own tape media is a real bonus.”
“When it comes to the potential for a longer-term outage, such as a damaging storm, a terrorist attack, a fire, an earthquake, or even vandalism, Azure’s High Availability solution is not going to be able to cover us. Having that on-premises Disaster Recovery solution using SIOS DataKeeper enables us to initiate a disaster recovery at the push of a button,” says Craig. “And we can test our Disaster Recovery configuration whenever we want to make sure it will work if and when we ever need it.”
Craig and his team are completely satisfied with the reliability of SIOS DataKeeper: “With any clustering technology, you need to be wary of what you’re doing to avoid having failover fail. But with SIOS DataKeeper, the system pretty much just manages and maintains itself. During actual instances when Azure went down briefly causing the disks to get out of sync, the SIOS solution was able to self-heal. We do check on it every so often, of course, just to be 100 percent sure but, we don’t need to do anything on a day to day basis. It just works!”
Craig also appreciates the support he has received from Providence Solutions Australia noting, “We’ve only had to create a few trouble tickets, and they were all more about questions than actual problems. But the Providence team was there for us every time.”