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Forrester Research on High Availability

Stephanie Balaouras, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, has an interesting blog post this week on ZDnet about the increasing interest in high availability from her clients. In her article “How Do We Measure High Availability?” she makes several key points:

  • As companies become 24X7 “always on” operating environments, they are becoming more and more sensitive to application and system downtime.
  • HA is no longer an all or nothing discussion about proprietary fault-tolerant systems or high-end clustering solutions. Today there are lower-cost alternatives that provide the required level of availability at a cost justified by the risk and cost of downtime.
  • Developing and agreeing upon SLAs is the toughest part of HA planning, but these KPIs are good starting point toward metrics that matter to the business.

Earlier this year, we spoke with Stephanie about the topic of virtualization and high availability. You can read that Q&A here. For additional info on this topic, you can also download Forrester's recent white paper "X86 Server Virtualization For High Availability And Disaster Recovery."

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Jerry Melnick (jmelnick@us.sios.com) is responsible for defining corporate strategy and operations at SIOS Technology Corp. (www.us.sios.com), maker of SIOS SAN and #SANLess cluster software (www.clustersyourway.com). He more than 25 years of experience in the enterprise and high availability software industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Beloit College with graduate work in Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Boston University.