Tag Archives: Scalability

What You Wish You Knew During a Crisis…

From my guest post at ContinuityInsights.com During a crisis, there is almost by definition a shortage of accessible information. Because of the time pressure a disaster creates, anything considered noise gets filtered out and ignored. However, if you could create … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Windows Azure Leap Day Downtime

I’d be remiss not to mention the Windows Azure Downtime on Leap Day.  Because of my employment at Microsoft I won’t speculate or say too much on the situation.   I have said before that cloud computing does not completely alleviate … Continue reading

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Through the Storm – Interview with Arterian IT Founder Jamison West

I recently had a chance to interview Jamison West of Arterian. Jamison, who founded the company that is now Arterian in 1995, envisions a future where every small to mid-sized company will have an IT partner become a vital part of … Continue reading

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Little Disasters Worse Than Big Disasters?

“The dose makes the poison.” – Paracelsus I had coffee with a friend who runs a small IT service company on Friday, and we were talking a bit about preparing for disasters. He’s been doing this a long time and seen … Continue reading

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Software Shouldn’t Cry Wolf

It’s simple – if you have false alarms people will eventually ignore them. When you run a high-scale online service, it’s standard practice to have monitors & alerts watching the system so you can quickly find any problems in your system … Continue reading

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Stop the Dominos from Falling

If we assume that “software will fail” is a fact, not a problem, then we need to look at how to cope with the failure.  I’d like to discuss one coping strategy which is isolating components. Some failures cause ripple … Continue reading

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Musings on Recovery Oriented Computing: Part 2

This is the second post related to Recovery Oriented Computing.  Here’s where you can find the first one.  I’m also throwing in another scalability/resiliency topic not from ROC. Design for Failure “If a problem has no solution, it may not … Continue reading

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