Gartner Research

Methods to Achieve High Availability for Traditional Applications on Amazon Web Services

Published: 11 April 2017

ID: G00323925

Analyst(s): Douglas Toombs


This research provides technical professionals with architectural guidance and best practices for deploying traditional on-premises workloads into Amazon Web Services, with the goal of maximizing overall availability.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework: Understanding Amazon Web Services
    • Historic Availability of Amazon EC2 and S3
    • Understanding AWS Primitives and Technical/Contractual Performance Characteristics
    • Understanding Delineation of Responsibilities Within Amazon Web Services
  • Framework Component 1: Assessing an Application's Architecture
  • Framework Component 2: Design High Availability for Persistence Tier Systems
    • 2.1 Implementing Persistence Tier High Availability With RDBMS Software Installed in Virtual Machine Instances
    • 2.2 Implementing Persistence Tier High Availability With Amazon RDS
  • Framework Component 3: Design High Availability for Business Logic Tier Systems
    • 3.1 Implementing High Availability for Stateful Application Servers
    • 3.2 Implementing High Availability for Stateless Application Servers
  • Framework Component 4: Design High Availability for Presentation Tier Systems
    • 4.1 Implementing High Availability for Stateless Presentation Tier Servers
    • 4.2 Implementing High Availability for Stateful Presentation Tier Servers
  • Follow-Up

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