Harnessing the Power of Multi-Data Center Cloud Deployment

Businesses increasingly rely on cloud computing solutions to streamline operations and drive innovation. Naturally, this technology comes with risk—service disruption can mean lost revenue, diminished customer trust, and reputational damage. Being thoughtful and intentional about the data centers you use as a business can help mitigate these risks.

While it’s essential to choose the right data center location for your business operations, there are various scenarios where using multiple data centers can help you more effectively grow and scale your business while making your business more resilient against risk.

This article will discuss reasons for deploying across multiple data centers rather than relying on a single data center.

Many laws and regulations govern how data is collected, shared, and stored. An essential aspect of some of these regulations is that they often prohibit storing certain data outside national boundaries. For instance, consider an application accessed by customers living in Cleveland, Ohio, and Toronto, Canada. In this situation, it might be necessary to host the application in two data center locations—Canada and The United States, even if the Toronto data center is closer to both locations. Using data centers in different geographies may be an important part of a company’s overall regulatory compliance strategy.

Despite the best efforts of cloud service providers, data center failures can occur. Recovering quickly is essential to ensure customer retention and avoid data loss. Data loss can occur for various reasons, including hardware failures, outages, natural disasters, and failure of environmental controls resulting in fire. Businesses must protect themselves, and their customers, from these situations.

While it’s important for businesses to back-up data, restoring data from backups can be time-consuming and inadequate in some situations. To help mitigate the consequences of a data center failure, you can deploy your application across several data centers. The application hosted in one data center can serve the incoming traffic, and the application hosted in another data center (somewhere relatively close to the primary data center) can serve as a backup node. If the first data center goes offline for any reason, you can reroute the incoming traffic to the application deployed in the second data center, thereby preventing or minimizing data loss.

Deploying across multiple data centers can improve your application’s overall performance by optimizing various parts of the workload, especially when you have a global customer base.

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