Application resilience and high availability for mission critical applications are an important part of any modern cloud solution. Datapac, in association with KEMP Technologies, recently conducted research among almost 100 IT professionals in Ireland to identify trends in cloud and application sets with high availability.

Global sales in the public-cloud market are expected to hit $204 billion this year, up 16.5% from 2015, Gartner said in a report in January this year.

This is the reality of the modern workplace and cloud can no longer be ignored by any sector. As more organisations take their first step into the cloud, and others progressively move new workloads there, Datapac and KEMP have identified which applications are being prioritised and made highly available.

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Growth of cloud

Cloud computing is at the centre of application resilience and high availability. Our research shows almost a fifth of respondents highlight cloud as a new significant part of their IT strategy for 2016.

When we analyse the costs, we can easily identify the importance of application resilience and high availability for mission critical applications. Gartner found that the cost of downtime can be as much as €4,500 per minute, translating to €275,000 per hour.

Datapac and KEMP’s report showed that;

1) Every organisation has at least one critical business application; and
2) There is an average wait of almost two days to retrieve mission critical data when lost.

This means that organisations can suffer huge financial and reputational losses if their critical apps aren’t available quickly.

Deploying high availability when possible

Most organisations recognise high availability as the preferred method of deployment, highlighting customers’ continued desire for a robust architecture. 64% of companies surveyed agreed with this, pending budget considerations.

The next question is how many ‘critically available’ applications are managed, i.e. how many need to have high availability?

43% of companies manage between four and six critically available applications. Examples typically include accounting and e-commerce applications, company email, unified communications and conferencing, CRM and ERP systems.

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Protecting your high availability applications

Alarmingly, one third of respondents have not taken enough, or in some cases, any comprehensive action to protect their entire business, leaving them exposed to malware and cyber-attacks.

Many customers are unaware of the risks that XSS, SQL injection, session hijacking and buffer overflows pose to organisations’ IT infrastructure and data, including applications critical to the business.

Traditional firewalls are not always capable of blocking such attacks. A Web Application Firewall (WAF) can do the trick and prevent new and even never seen before attacks by monitoring for unfamiliar patterns in data traffic.

Removing the ever-increasing complexities of data and application management can be tricky, but it helps to speak to the experts. By partnering with Datapac and KEMP, you combine state-of-the-art technology from a global leader with the local knowledge of an ICT expert in Ireland.

We offer load-balancing solutions that keep your critical applications awake and readily available 24/7 regardless of the platform you’re on.

For a no obligation review, contact our team at today. A Free KEMP VLM License is available here.

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