RESEARCH BRIEF: High Availability For Private Clouds

By Patrick Moorhead - November 3, 2014
When moving from traditional IT to private cloud, there is generally a tradeoff between elasticity and availability, so only applications that do not demand the highest levels of availability can move to the cloud. Coding high availability (HA) into cloud applications generally has been complex and laborious; ongoing maintenance creates both a cost and liability for the developer. With their always-on enterprise knowhow, Stratus is now bringing the high availability of their enterprise IT solutions to the world of private clouds. Stratus is developing a suite of software solutions that enable rapid deployment of always-on workloads within OpenStack clouds. With a beta program underway, they are already seeing success and are now expanding their initial offering based on program learnings.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Elasticity Is Not Availability
  • The Stratus High Availability Cloud Program
  • Market Impact
  • Conclusion
You can download the paper here.

Companies Cited

  • Amazon
  • BASF
  • Canonical
  • Dolby
  • Microsoft
  • Netflix
  • Novell
  • Stratus
  • Terremark
  • Verizon
  • VMware
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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.