By Max Clarke

While cloud naysayers point to Amazon’s brief outage on Monday, the company’s week-long outage in April, and Microsoft’s similar cloud outage in May, as prime reasons for not moving services to the cloud — the reality is that they can be easily avoided with the right approach, argue visualization specialists, Zeus.

The right approach might entail implementing a back-up generator, redundant network or simply the right load balancing solution, increasingly referred to as “cloud balancing.”

Cloud balancing is the process of routing transactions and network requests across application instances that reside in multiple clouds, reducing businesses’ risk of downtime and improving the performance and capacity of its applications. This means that if one cloud provider has an outage, businesses can easily shift their applications and services to another cloud, without disrupting service or being noticed by end users.

When cloud providers assure 99.95% availability, a customer site goes down for a full day, and the provider still hasn’t necessarily breached their service level agreement, it’s time to start thinking seriously about cloud balancing as a fail proof solution to hosting applications and services in the cloud.


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