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28 Jul 2022

Beating the Heat with Decentralized Networks

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Ranit Fink
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Last week, 40°C temperatures in the United Kingdom led to outages for both Google Cloud and Oracle Cloud. The companies were concerned that the record-breaking temperatures could cause the data-center cooling systems to fail. In an effort to prevent permanent damage to their hardware components, the companies shut down equipment, leading to cloud outages.

At this time, it’s unknown how many companies were impacted. Mobile-only Atom Bank tweeted that an issue with Google Cloud was affecting service, and reports claimed that services related to storage and computing, including BigQuery, SQL, and Kubernetes were affected. Websites were offline, and web traffic in the region slowed.

Met Office, the national meteorological service for the UK, predicts that temperatures are likely to remain above average into August, which means increased risk in the weeks ahead for another heat-induced outage.

After discovering that Google and Oracle’s cloud services are not invincible, businesses that rely on network resiliency and availability must find a solution to ensure 99.99% availability.

Network Outages Happen Frequently

While it may be a while before we see 40°C temperatures in the UK, network outages are something that occurs with some regularity. Last October, Facebook went down for 5 hours. Fastly, a CDN cloud service platform, had a major outage last summer that prevented users from accessing services. AWS and Azure both went down last year, as did Verizon, Comcast, and Cloudflare.

These outages are more than disruptive; they cost enterprises and small businesses money for every hour of lost productivity. In 2020, Statista reported the average cost of critical server outages at $300K-$400K per hour. Only 12% of companies surveyed had costs below $300,000 an hour. The financial implications of network downtime are severe.

Many organizations consider network downtime to be beyond their control. Fortunately, that is not the case. With the right cloud and network strategy, businesses can ensure continual network connectivity even in the face of natural phenomena like heat waves or natural disasters.

Decentralization is the Key

Having a single point of failure can lead to devastating impacts. Decentralizing a network, on the other hand, can protect a network and ensure continued service even when one data center goes down or cloud provider. Rather than trusting a single network, decentralization leads to more reliable connectivity and a better user experience.

WAN-as-a-Service uses multi-cloud infrastructure to deliver this type of decentralized network. Through multi-clouds, WAN-as-a-Service providers don’t rely on a single instance. When one data center goes offline, they simply switch to a different vendor without compromising performance.

Teridion’s Solution

Teridion Connect’s multi-cloud platform doesn’t compromise on performance. It ensures customers have flawless, secured connectivity while protecting them from productivity outages. Our multi-cloud strategy prevents these issues by identifying failures in the network and automatically resolving them. If one network area is experiencing an outage, Teridion’s Smart AI routing resolves the issue using AI and machine learning to find an alternative network path.

Why Teridion?

Teridion’s Network-as-a-Service platform addresses all the specialized solutions that enterprises expect from MPLS, but at a new standard of quality and efficiency. IT teams can deploy Teridion in hours—while reducing IT costs.

Using our Smart AI routing technique, we ensure 99.99% high availability. Our network is built using over 500 points-of-presence networks in over 100 countries and has over 2,000 optimized Smart AI routers

This unique network topology ensures constant connectivity for both site-to-site and site-to-cloud connectivity. With our carrier-grade SLA, enterprises can securely connect to private clouds, public clouds, and SaaS applications regardless of network outages.

Multi-cloud platforms aren’t reliant on a single provider, which allows them to guarantee effective connectivity. This novel approach to networking allows us to orchestrate optimal internet routes and effectively minimizes the risk of a single point of failure capable of disrupting an entire business.

Are you ready to reduce risk of a Network Outage disrupting your business? Book a demo today!

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Ranit Fink

VP Product and Business Development

Ranit Fink is the Vice President of Product and Business Development for Teridion. Prior to Teridion she was the co-founder and VP business development of Cellrox, a mobile security company. Ranit holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Columbia University and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Bar Ilan University.
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