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"The Low Down on High Availability in the Cloud"

Being focused on high availability means not only focusing on unplanned downtime. It is also about a passionate resolution to eliminate planned downtime. Because every minute of downtime is lost business — lost revenue, lost customers, lost opportunities.

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Analysts Estimate Unplanned Application Downtime Costs Organizations as Much as $2.5 Billion Per Year

How much can you afford to lose?

There is no magic recipe for achieving high availability, whether it’s in the Cloud or a Hybrid IT solution or on all physical infrastructure. No secret short cut or simple formula. But with some thought and planning, and by partnering with the right cloud services provider, it’s easier than you might think. This paper takes a look at the considerations and best practices for designing highly-available IT solutions, as well as the technologies on the Lumen Cloud Platform to help you implement them.

Topics include:

  • Understand the Differences: Load Balancing, DR and HA
  • Architecting for high availability
  • Assessing risk mitigation
  • Leveraging multiple data centers
  • Horizontal and Vertical Autoscaling
  • Designing storage for high availability
  • Managed DNS and Geo-Load Balancing
  • HA considerations for Hybrid IT solutions
  • Calculating availability for distributed systems
  • Putting it all together on Lumen Cloud

Why Lumen Cloud Platform

A single proven platform that moves with your business. We enable developers to focus on writing great cloud-based apps without having to worry about managing the underlying infrastructure. The result: increased agility and productivity, more efficient use of resources and a lower operational overhead.

Don’t take our word for it. Recognized as an industry leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform from noted industry analyst Gartner Research and as the 2015 Cloud Company of the year by Frost & Sullivan, you can trust Lumen Cloud Platform for your all of your business needs. In fact, it’s the platform we use to run our own business

Recommended Workloads

The Lumen Cloud Platform has been orchestrated to run diverse workloads to address a wide array of business needs. The information below outlines some of the common uses for our platform.

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Storage for Cloud-Native Apps

Most new applications built on web services require the flexibility and high availability of object storage. Use object storage from Lumen to host multimedia files and much more – all featuring high availability.

Long Term Storage of Static Data

Object storage is ideal for off-site archiving of static data. Store files for a low monthly fee, and recall them at any time using HTTP.

Secure, Managed File Transfer

Email is problematic for large file transfers, and many free utilities don’t offer the level of security and protection enterprises often need. Object storage from Lumen is a much more secure alternative.

Ultimate Flexibility

Lumen’s approach to cloud storage offers more flexibility in a number of dimensions. Decide what type of storage each scenario requires, and then specify the type of automated DR/BC that’s needed to support the use case. You are not tied into a predefined scheme of “small”, “medium” or “large” instances.

Premium Storage for High I/O Access and Data Retention

Demanding application components (for example the data store of your database) require high I/O to deliver a compelling user experience. Lumen’s product catalog includes these high-end options for exactly this reason.

Dynamically Adjust Disk Size as Required

The storage requirements of any virtual machine is never static. As business needs change, the storage attributes of a deployed VM are likely to change as well. Lumen empowers you to do this on your own, as required.