There was a time when your computer going down was annoying. Today it’s still merely annoying, in a lot of cases. But in an increasing number of businesses and situations, a failed computer is anywhere from crippling to disastrous.
As a result, designing systems to keep critical business processes running has become more important to IT professionals everywhere. Everyone from Microsoft to hardware vendors recognizes this new reality, which is why systems today have the potential for a lot less downtime than they did 10 years ago. Everything from the Windows operating system to hard disks and processors has been redesigned to make these items more reliable and keep systems more available.
But while the improvements are wonderful, they’re not enough for some jobs. Sometimes it’s necessary to design computer systems for high availability.Read Full Story