Looking at Some Backup Options

Posted on 7 January 2014 under Uncategorized

Of course you can not have a web page that can not be relied upon, you have to have a system that is redundant and does not fail under any circumstances. I learned my lesson the hard way from the early experiences I had. We rely upon sales from the web, so we have to have it all backed up. After awhile I realized that you could use cheap offshore servers and the best thing is to have things arranged so that they are always awake somewhere. Of course Amazon and those sort of of sites have 24 hour tech support and they have locations all around the world, they have a site for just about every country that matters obviously. At least there is an amazon for any country with a significant culture of consumerism.

We just have one site and obviously our business is mostly in the United States and Canada, although we have done business with the offshore countries in this hemisphere and in Mexico and one of those Central American countries as well. However the site needs to be up and running all day and all night, without fail and even on holidays. We back it all up on servers based in Australia, in fact some little place on the West Coast of Australia which is almost exactly on the opposite side of the world from the United States East Coast. It would be obvious to them if we were not online, and their sole purpose is to make certain that we do not ever go offline. So far they have not had anything to do, but it is because the backup has always been there whenever we had to maintain the site here. We give them notice of course and they make sure we are up.

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