Can you afford database systems downtime?
August 20th, 2013
What is the cost of your IT systems being down for an hour? $10,000? $100,000? More? Not only does downtime lead to lost sales and production, there's the additional cost of damaged reputation, especially if your business provides a service to the public.
We offer solutions to downtime woes that often pay for itself by preventing just one outage.
High availability, low failure
Most downtime events are caused by a single point of failure – a network connection gets cut, hardware dies, or maybe something as simple as a power outage. Removing those points of failure is critical to achieving high uptime.
Various Oracle technologies allow your IT staff to protect mission critical databases and ensure that a single database server going down doesn't bring business to a halt. Whether your database is Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition, LSG Solutions leverages a variety of Oracle licensed options or custom non-licensed options, ensuring a safe, lossless, or minimal impact failover if there is an outage.
If an entire site goes down (maybe your datacenter lost power) remote failover servers can pick up the load and keep the business running until everything is operational again.
Scale up cheaply
One licensed option is Oracle Real Application Clusters, aka RAC. RAC provides businesses a way to increase performance without buying new, expensive hardware. Spare servers can be added to the cluster on the fly to meet performance requirements and help your business handle busy rushes. The management software is even smart enough to hand out high-workload tasks to the member servers with the most spare capacity.
Clusters don't need any additional software to run – you don't have to setup Windows clustering or any type of virtual solution to get up and going. It's self contained, so all you need are your servers, a network, and some shared storage to get started.
Using Oracle Real Application Clusters, LSG Solutions has been able to help businesses and governmental agencies keep their downtime to a minimum (Even basic tasks like patching and software updates can be performed with no downtime.). It's been a go-to solution when a client visits with us about system outages that cost them big money. In most cases, they can't afford not to implement it.
Another common option is the standby solution known as Oracle Data Guard. For those customers concerned about site failure and disaster recovery, Oracle Data Guard is typically a great fit. While it eliminates a single point of failure, the standby database managed by Data Guard operates with quasi-independence. One may offload user reporting processing to the ‘Active’ standby, which does not require any resources from the primary production database. Data Guard is included with your Enterprise Edition license. Active Data Guard is a superset option to the Data Guard option.
If you'd like to learn more about our high availability implementation solutions and how they can benefit your business, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-285-2500.