High Availability: 24/7 for Small to Mid-Sized Businesses

Often Small and Mid-sized businesses are limited in their technology choices due to costs and availability. They are too small for enterprise level software and wouldn’t realize any value from such a large investment but need a way to stay competitive. At the same time – they might have outgrown technology solutions that used to work for them. They are now in a technological no-mans land where seemingly few solutions exist. This is the perception of many small & mid-sized businesses when considering 24/7 operations as a competitive advantage in a global marketplace. Amazon is a great example of how their anytime, anywhere approach to commerce has them posting record breaking $513 Million profits last April.

The culture of consumers has been changing since the adoption of the internet. These changes are further pushed by the advances in manufacturing technologies which allow faster, smaller, and less expensive devices. What we are now seeing is an internet connected culture where devices are becoming ubiquitous and self-service reins supreme. As such, consumers are beginning to expect 24/7 “always-on” service (or as close as possible). While something like this would be readily attainable for large enterprises with deep pockets – the same cannot be said for us small to mid-size organizations. (check out this really good article on the changing trends of consumers)

So how, you ask, can I implement 24/7 operations without breaking the bank?

The first step is by enabling your datacenter to support 24/7 operations. With VMware’s High Availability technology you can quickly achieve a 99.99999% up-time for your datacenter, reduce management and maintenance costs, and strengthen security and data protection. The best part – this solution isn’t wildly expensive and will allow your company to stay ahead of your competition. There is reasonable pricing available via the VMware Essentials Plus Kit for up to 3 host servers (physical servers that host your virtual infrastructure) with up to 2 sockets (processors) per host which tends to fit the needs of most small and mid-sized companies.  {{cta(‘e90e6cdb-31b3-48b8-bf8e-b6f8ee97209c’)}}