|March 27, 2020||
JFK assassination. 9/11. And now COVID-19. Life-changing events that forever stick in our memories, forever change us. Yet when these life situations occur it can bring us together, and make us rethink what really matters; family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and even those we’ve never met, because in each of us there is innate compassion for our fellow human beings. These events show us what we’re made of as individuals, as a nation, and now as a world.
As we adapt to life with the current pandemic, for many the new norm is working from home, Zoom meetings, and hoping we’re not off mute when the dog goes berserk because his buddy is walking by and he wants to go out and play. That timing never seems to work out. But we take it in stride, because we’re all in very similar boats, and it is what it is. We’re all trying to make the best of a complex situation.
Working From Home Adds Strain to IT Teams
Working from home not only puts added pressure on those doing it, but it also adds a load of pressure on the systems that are supporting our remote operations and, of course, our IT teams. It’s challenging when critical systems are down when everyone is together in the office, but it can be exponentially worse when everyone is working remotely, relying on even those not-so-critical systems to maintain productivity.
How SIOS Can Help
To help companies manage these new challenges and help keep these systems operational, we are offering the use of SIOS AppKeeper at no cost until June 30, 2020. Please feel free to use AppKeeper to help keep your AWS workloads up and running and, hopefully, alleviate some of your stress and worry during these difficult times.
We’ll get through this. We always do. And we’ll do it together.
Be safe. Be careful. Be healthy.
-Michael Bilancieri SIOS SVP, Products and Marketing
|March 26, 2020||
SIOS is pleased to announce the release of version 8.7.1 of our SIOS Protection Suite-Windows and DataKeeper Cluster Edition-Windows products. The new release broadens support and adds new features to meet our customers’ needs for easy, cost-optimized high availability.
The following features and additional support are being introduced as part of this update for DataKeeper and SIOS Protection Suite:
What’s next? Let us know what you’d like to see and check back for more updates!
|July 16, 2019||
I remember when Storage Area Networks (SAN) were introduced in the late 1990s as a way to provide very fast access to storage from all connected servers. SANs became the storage technology to deliver clustered server solutions for high availability, enabling a common shared database to be accessed by a failover server in the event a primary server failed.
SANs, although fast, were expensive and difficult to set up and manage. Other solutions that used high-speed efficient replication technology to synchronize data between two servers became a popular lower-cost alternative to provide high availability.
Fast forward 20 years, SANs are simpler and less expensive to set up and manage and are a very common solution today when failover from one server to another is required to maintain application availability Service Level Agreements (SLA). Now many companies are looking to move workloads to the cloud to provide lower cost and higher availability. Are you planning to move a workload to the cloud?
One thing many people don’t realize, until they do the research, is that a shared storage SAN infrastructure is not available in the cloud. Cloud providers talk availability of 99.9% for the infrastructure, power, cooling, storage, network, compute – but not a word on application availability!
If you require highly available applications and access to data in the cloud, you need to add a software-based high availability solution to your technology stack.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) recognizes that additional solutions for high availability are required and has a special team focused on Microsoft workloads running in AWS. On July 11, AWS awarded SIOS their Microsoft Workloads Competency status within the AWS Partner Network. This differentiates SIOS as a partner that provides demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success with specific tools to monitor and recover applications and data with minimum operational impact, providing high availability for Microsoft workloads, and delivering solutions seamlessly on AWS.
Here’s who’s talking about SIOS and its new AWS Microsoft Workloads Competency status:
|May 14, 2019||
FREE! Did I get your attention? Free what though…?
Everyone uses the word “free” as a way to get our attention but typically the free offering is pretty much worthless. That, or the cost is simply being wrapped into whatever is being sold. Rarely is something of actual VALUE given for free. But THIS “free” offer has real value, especially if you are still running SQL Server 2008/2008 R2. Microsoft is offering FREE security updates for SQL Server 2008 when it reaches end-of-support (EOS) on July 9, 2019.
From all accounts, there is a massive install base of SQL Server 2008. Some have indicated more than half of all SQL Server deployments are 2008. This would mean a lot of very concerned DBAs who will be losing security updates in a few months. So what? Once a vulnerability is identified, all the bad guys that want to steal your critical data will exploit it. Without security updates, these systems will be wide open for them to help themselves.
Microsoft is Offering 3 Years of Security Updates to Move SQL Server to Azure
So, what’s free that will actually help? Microsoft is offering 3 years of security updates at no cost IF you move those SQL workloads to their Azure cloud. Sure, there is a cost to hosting these systems in Azure, but that cost will be offset by the reduced cost of hosting and managing them on-premises and all the other benefits cloud offers. And let’s face it, you’ve probably been considering moving to the cloud anyway, and this may be just the right opportunity to make that leap.
Something to consider when planning your move to Azure is your clustering solution. Like most SQL Server deployments, you probably have your systems protected against downtime using a shared-storage clustering solution, like Windows Server Failover Clusters (WSFC), or they are running in VMs protected by VMware HA. The issue that you will face is that the shared-storage subsystem WSFC requires isn’t available in Azure and there is no hypervisor failover option like VMware HA either.
SIOS Provides High Availability for SQL Server 2008 in Azure
That’s where SIOS can help. SIOS solutions alleviate the need for shared storage, providing block-level data replication between two nodes that happens transparently to WSFC, allowing you to continue to provide high availability for your SQL Server 2008 instance by deploying a SQL Server SANless Failover Cluster Instance (FCI).
Together, SIOS and Microsoft enable you to confidently deploy your SQL Server instances in Azure, maintaining availability and security SLAs. Speaking of free, check out our free offer to assist you with maintaining support for SQL Server 2008 by moving it to Microsoft Azure in a highly-available cluster configuration. We will assist you in designing, deploying, configuring, and validating your SQL Server environments in Microsoft Azure.
|January 2, 2019||
Happy New Year and welcome to our new website! What a difference a year makes. For those of you who have visited us before, you’ll likely notice quite a different emphasis here. For those visiting for the first time, we’ve made a lot of changes designed to make our message more direct about our products and mission. We’re hoping it all resonates.
Our mission from the very beginning (even way back when we were known as Steeleye Technology) has always been to help companies keep their critical applications up and running and make sure they never lose data. And in fact, we were the first to do this in the Linux environment with HA clustering starting in 2000. We expanded our support to Windows shortly after.
Not too long ago, physical servers and shared storage became the infrastructure platform foundation of choice for all critical services. And HA failover clusters became the go-to solution for redundancy, recovery, and ensuring uptime.
Things are changing fast. Last year, I mentioned profound changes in our industry. Public cloud services like AWS, Azure, and GCP have grown enormously. That growth has primarily come from new SaaS or greenfield applications and to some extent, migration of less critical operations to the cloud. But, over the last 18 months, the interest by major corporations in moving their business-critical applications out of the data center and into the cloud has grown enormously. That interest is now translating to the migration of key business applications like SAP or custom applications using SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL and the like into the cloud. This is a sea change. And while these applications are somewhat late to the cloud party, we can all understand why. It is a huge leap for IT to trust their central business operations to the cloud – These are big decisions, but clearly, the value of cloud is being broadly appreciated and adoption for even the most critical apps is showing that.
What does this mean for SIOS?
So, now back to our website and our message.
This is exciting times for our industry and customers and we’re looking forward to another great year helping all of you. Stay tuned for much more news from SIOS!
Happy New Year!
-Jerry Melnick, SIOS Technology Corp. CEO