Building Distributed Systems to Cope with Unavoidable Failure

[fa icon="user"] Robert Perrin [fa icon="calendar"]  Jun 17, 2020 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Charity Majors, co-author of Database Reliability Engineering, shared a tweet that drives home how to approach the transition from single applications to a complex, distributed system of microservices.

@mipsytipsy. “Embrace the fact that everything is failing all the time - and it’s okay! We build for resiliency, not uptime.” Charity Majors, Twitter,

You can invest a lot in making any single system component reliable, performant, and scalable. The investment is often worthwhile and necessary, but what matters to users is the system’s uptime as a whole. Reliable components aren’t enough to make the entire system reliable if it’s unable to tolerate and recover from failures. Here are some thoughts about building your system for resiliency and two popular microservices patterns to cope with failure.

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Azure Container Orchestration 101: Azure Web Apps vs ACI vs AKS

[fa icon="user"] David Henry [fa icon="calendar"]  Dec 11, 2019 10:45:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Containers are increasingly becoming the de-facto strategy for cloud native deployments. With the question of orchestration looming over those deployments, cloud vendors continue to provide multiple offerings for managing your containerized services. In this article, we’ll compare 3 main Azure offerings for container orchestration: Azure Web Apps, Azure Container Instances, and Azure Kubernetes Service.

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3 Reasons Why Azure is a Great Option for Cloud-Native Applications

[fa icon="user"] David Henry [fa icon="calendar"]  Sep 18, 2019 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Organizations across all industries are reaping the benefits of powering their business solutions in the cloud. However, selecting a provider for your cloud-native applications can be a tough decision. There are many options to choose from that have a variety of managed services to help you successfully transition to a cloud-native architecture. In this article, we explore three reasons why Microsoft Azure is one of the most popular options for hosting your application in the cloud.

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How Azure Site Recovery Works and Why We Use It

[fa icon="user"] Craig Kaneshiro [fa icon="calendar"]  Sep 11, 2019 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Wildfires are a reality that can strike at any moment. The Camp Fire that swept through the town of Paradise, CA in 2018 took a terrible toll on its residents, destroying more than 80% of their homes. Houses that survived did so because their owners had been proactive in protecting their property. They prepared well in advance by doing things like planting fire-resistant hardwood trees or covering vents with mesh screens to prevent smoldering material from getting in.

Companies should approach the maintenance of their software applications in the same way. Just like a house, software applications represent substantial investments that would result in disaster if significantly damaged. If your app lives in Microsoft Azure, you can use a service provided called Azure Site Recovery (ASR). This article provides an overview of how ASR works to help minimize downtime and ensure business continuity in the event of a disaster.

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AWS Backup Solutions that Simplify Disaster Recovery

[fa icon="user"] Zachary Sersland [fa icon="calendar"]  Aug 28, 2019 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

One of the biggest fears of any product owner is opening your website one morning and finding nothing there. Your site has disappeared without a trace, and you’re left scrambling to pick up the pieces. Fortunately, one of the many benefits of having your application live in the cloud is the ease with which your data can be backed up.

AWS offers reliable backup services for many of its resources. Here are some effective strategies for backing up data in Amazon’s RDS, EBS, S3, and AMI. By implementing these procedures, your worst nightmare becomes only a temporary setback!

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