Are You Prepared?

by guest blogger Steve Carlin, Senior QA Engineer

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) member agencies (regulatory agencies) and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors produced an informative report which outlines many of the things we’ve all learned while evaluating the response to past catastrophic events such as Hurricane Katrina.

To think that nothing like this will happen again in our lifetime would be pure folly. To think that you are 100% prepared for it would be completely foolish.

Here at Bold we have specifically evaluated our software shortcomings from previous disasters like Katrina and have continued to work toward safeguarding against failures in events like that. With improved application server functionality and the introduction of a new, responsive, browser-based interface we will allow you the flexibility to handle these events during the worst of times from multiple devices and multiple locations.

Our development team is committed to uptime because we understand how life threatening downtime can be.  We understand how important high availability is to you and we are constantly working improving those metrics.

Michael Otey does a great job of explaining exactly what 99% availability really means, in his book Microsoft SQL Server 2008 – High Availability with Clustering and Database Mirroring.

The highest practical measure of availability is typically expressed as “five nines” or 99.999 percent. The percentage of availability can be calculated using the following formula:
Percentage of availability = ((total elapsed time – sum of downtime)/total elapsed time)

Number of Nines Percentage Availability Downtime per Year Downtime per Month Downtime per Week
Two nines 99.0% 3.65 days 7.30 hrs 1.68 hrs
Three nines 99.9% 8.76 hrs 43.8 mins 10.1 mins
Four nines 99.99% 52.6 mins 4.38 mins 1.01 mins
Five nines 99.999% 5.26 mins 26.28 secs 6.06 secs

*Source: Otey, M. (2010) Microsoft SQL Server 2008 – High Availability with Clustering and Database Mirroring. McGraw-Hill Education

We at Bold are devoted to achieving five nines. Our developers are constantly working toward that number and our focus on higher quality, availability, and efficiency are the focus of our newest web based software implementation. We understand that we are the backbone of your security management system and the lifeline for many of your customers.

Is your infrastructure ready for Bold?