A little bit of elasticity is a good thing.
Tech inevitably fails. It’s an inherent feature of a technology-dependent world. At some point, something you need isn’t going to work right, and it’s usually at a really inopportune time.
At UITS, we know this, and we plan for it. For starters, we have not one, but two, data centers (one in Bloomington and one at IUPUI), so if one experiences problems, the other one picks up the slack.
We also use “stretched clusters” to improve our disaster preparedness measures. These are clusters with host servers in different locations, so if one server fails, the virtual machines it hosts automatically restart on another server, either in the same location or at a secondary location, reducing downtime. This means key features you use often, like email, or even the ability to log into IU systems, will always come back quickly if they fail.
Learn more about stretched clusters