High-Availability Concerns

From Next-Generation Data Center

This part of the course focuses on high-availability aspects of modern data center designs and deployments:

  • How to define high availability
  • Dispelling the high availability myths
  • Identifying real business needs and their viability
  • Deciding what’s feasible to do based on application architecture, and what makes sense to deploy;

Guest Speaker

Let's assume you want to increase the availability of your services by moving parts of them into the cloud or doing some sort of active/standby deployment between your DC and the cloud. Now you have to deal with your (C)ISO and his/her usual concerns as well as the variety of articles on tech sites stating that "security is the biggest challenge of cloud adoption". Matthias Luft (ERNW Research) will break those security concerns into categories (such as isolation failures, cloud outages, or compliance issues), look at incidents and vulnerabilities from the past, and what we can do about those in our cloud strategy.

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Previous guest speakers

In September 2016 session Ethan Banks (PacketPushers.net) talked about real-life aspects of active/active data center designs and lessons he’s learned while operating them. The speaker in the April 2017 session will be announced shortly.

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Self-study materials

You’ll have to understand the basics of application architectures and load balancing. Watch:

I would also recommend watching parts of the IPv6 access to IPv4 content part of the IPv6 Transition Mechanisms webinar (40 minutes)

Additional recommended materials

You might want to know more about over-the-top cloud networking solutions. You’ll find them in the Cloud Computing Networking webinar (video Over-the-Cloud Networking).

These Expert Express Case Studies cover select details of active/active data centers and workload migration. Plan to spend an hour per case study.

Recordings of live sessions

Lessons Learned Operating Active-Active Data Centers with Ethan Banks

Cloud Computing Security with Matthias Luft

High Availability Discussions