As the world has become more connected, those connections have changed our lives. Twenty-five years ago, mobile phones were just emerging and a 29 pound Kaypro was seen as the portable computer. The manufacturer described it as “luggable.” You still needed to go to the bank to deposit a check, go to the store to buy birthday presents, and use a paper map to find your way to somewhere new. A lot has happened in 25 years. The mobile phone is now a lot more powerful than the Kaypro and with it your access to services is nearly limitless. You can pay bills while waiting in line for a restaurant table, close your garage door 10 minutes after you leave your house, turn the heat up in your home when you touch down at your local international airport, or even organize a flash mob. This capability has woven its way into our social and business fabrics and with the Internet of Things (IoT) ramping up, adoption will only increase.
Given our increasing reliance on these services, even a few minutes of downtime could be costly. For good reason, the drive within the data center industry today is for mission-critical data centers at lower cost. This becomes possible as facility infrastructure evolves and the resiliency of applications moves up the stack, from the Mechanical Electrical Plumbing level to the IT plane. Our computer applications are becoming more fault tolerant as they take advantage of multiple compute and storage resources available from the cloud. The cloud now houses multiple copies of the data you access, and processes your current request for it (aka session state) at various datacenters around the world. Today, “mission critical” describes not just the resiliency of the facility that houses your data, but the redundancy of the data itself.
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