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How have you CIOs kept down the cost of secondary co-lo's for your sites?

Developing an approach via Amazon to provide an affordable fallback - curious to see what others are doing.

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Anonymous
(Financial Consultant) |

I may be uninformed or something, but what do you mean by "secondary co-lo's"?

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Bob Scarborough
Title: CEO
Company: Tensoft, Inc.
(CEO, Tensoft, Inc.) |

Are you looking for disaster recovery options for your internal systems - or a secondary location for your commercial products?

Kirk Conole
Title: Partner
Company: DCI Solutions
(Partner, DCI Solutions) |

Solution uses EC2 virtual servers provided by Amazon Web Services to allow for "round robin" DNS so pages are served from lowest loaded server in order to avoid using an only-used-in-case-of-emergency additional server. Has anyone else seen this type of solution?

Kirk Conole
Title: Partner
Company: DCI Solutions
(Partner, DCI Solutions) |

Should mention that this still in beta until April but the outcome - online services are hosted on servers in two independent data centers with 100% of their resources available 100% of the time - seems assured.

It won't work for all types of scenarios yet but designed to meet the needs of eCommerce websites running LAMP software.

Amazon Web Services has had issues before but the issues have been limited to single availability zones. This approach relies on two different availability zones.

Is there any CIO who has attempted this before? If so, can you please weigh in?

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