Highly available applications: trends and challenges
- Published: Monday, 20 August 2018 14:17
SIOS Technology has completed a survey report to understand current trends and challenges related to the general state of HA (highly available) applications in organizations of all sizes.
An organization’s HA applications are generally the ones that ensure that a business remains in operation. Such systems can range from order taking systems to CRM databases to anything that keeps employees, customers, and partners working together. The SIOS Technology survey focuses on tier-1 mission-critical applications, including Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and SAP/HANA.
390 IT professionals and decision makers from a broad range of company sizes in the US responded to the survey.
Key findings from the survey include:
- Most (86 percent), but not all, organizations are operating their HA applications with some kind of clustering or high availability mechanism in place.
- A full 95 percent of respondents report that they have occasional failures in the underlying HA services that support their applications.
- 98 percent of respondents indicated that they see either regular or occasional application performance issues. When such issues occur, for most organizations, it takes between three and five hours to identify the cause and correct the issue and it involves using between two and four tools to do so.
- Small companies are leading the way by going all-in on operating their HA applications in the cloud and more than half (54 percent) of small companies intend to be running 50 percent or more of their HA applications in the cloud by the end of 2018.
- For companies of all sizes, control of the application environment remains a key reason why workloads remain on premises, with 60 percent of respondents indicating that this has played a factor in retaining one or more HA application on-premises rather than moving it into the cloud.