Recently a friend asked me to compare ourselves to other large Cloud providers. It didn’t take me long to think about it, considering essentially Techrich and Compevo architecture are identical. This wasn’t by accident, but by my own principles on how an IT company should function. Since designing what is now known as the “Super High Performance Cloud Architecture” back in 2009. I knew I wanted Techrich to be smart on security, strict on reliability, and strong on IT protocols.
This infographic probably says it the best but I’ll do my best to explain it as well (explanation below the infographic).
In a nutshell most of the other Cloud architectures out there rely heavily on a shared storage pool for their VPS’s. We don’t do this.
Some companies have even gone down completely when one of their “main shared storage nodes” was hacked or had a hardware failure.
The problem with shared storage nodes/SANs (Storage Area Networks)
The problem with this architecture is that multiple physical hostnodes rely on a single point of failure for storage. Not only that, but you can imagine the performance issues that shared network bandwidth cause when multiple hostnodes are competing for the same disk IO resources from a single shared node.
Now I know some companies have redundant shared storage but this is not good enough for both performance, security and reliability reasons.
The Techrich way of doing things is that we have tons of individual nodes that are active/failover. This eliminates the possibility that a shared storage fault could take offline multiple hostnodes.
In our architecture we have Cloud in a 1-to-1 structure, that means data is live replicated to a standby server which does nothing but wait in case the main server fails or has an issue.
By doing this the performance is also higher, since storage is all local, you get the benefit of Cloud architecture but none of the high risks or performance issues that traditional “shared storage” Cloud brings you.
That’s the Techrich advantage and why we developed our own proprietary and hybrid system to accomplish this. To date we’ve never been hacked or had any downtime and this is because of the architecture we’ve pursued while sparing no expense in delivering what we feel is the best product. This is what I’d recommend all of my colleagues and friends to do if they went Cloud. If they were going to use a shared storage cloud I’d recommend that they just make their own with a few dedicated servers or even a single dedicated server can sometimes be better, more affordable and reliable in the long-run.
When these large Cloud companies like Amazon and Alibaba started out, we did wonder would we lose out to customers who valued price over quality, security and reliability? We were shocked when the opposite ended up happening- there was a sudden rush of sign ups, and not only that, we had to order a ton of extra servers to keep up with the demand. I had my IT support staff double and working overtime to meet the crazy rush. It was a good problem to have, but it forced me to grow a lot faster than predicted.
In fact we’ve now noticed a trend that the bottom feeders (scammers, hackers, spammers) have gone to the cheap Cloud companies and a lot of larger players have moved to us. This is in part, because companies who are more tech and privacy orientated who don’t want to be in a PRISM country or be at risk of the NSA being given access to their sensitive, private and proprietary business/ client information (which is mandated for large-Cloud providers operating out of any PRISM country), so they moved to us and remain with us.
Now we get clients who even run small or middle scale businesses who have found us and switched to us simply because they do not want to be on something as risky as Amazon or Alibaba. I guess you could call Techrich and Compevo, the original IT business security company. And I plan to keep it that way.