Around-the-clock system admin and engineering support for mission-critical and revenue-critical networks, sites, and services running in clouds, colos, or in hybrid environments.
We monitor your full infrastructure from our global monitoring nodes PLUS a secure monitoring node deployed inside your firewall. We carefully tune the nodes to provide rapid notification of critical and actionable failures and impairments, and when such problems occur our USA-based team of experiences system administrators and engineers rapidly deploy to validate and resolve the problem.
During and after critical incidents, we log and communicate all actions taken. After the event, we review everything from monitoring through resolution to improve reliability and response.
All for a fixed monthly cost based on deployment scale.
All of our system monitoring is automated, using Nagios and other tools. All system events, warnings, alerts and tickets are managed in a secure, client-accessible ticketing system. Our monitoring, paging, ticket tracking and reporting systems are integrated and web-accessible. Every item monitored has well-defined thresholds to generate warnings, alerts, daytime work tickets, or escalations for immediate action.
Every alert or other incident is assessed regularly, and thresholds, test frequency, and required response is tuned. Initial deployments (including legacy client-deployed monitoring) tend to be too verbose for effective action. However, after a short period of monitoring, our tuning enables us to focus response efforts on actionable problems.
This tuning turns data floods, chaos, and over-communication into crisp, focused, actionable information. And then each week we review, refine, and continually improve.
Once the monitoring nodes identify an event requiring immediate action, our well-honed systems and staff spring into action:
Following agreed recovery procedures maintained in a shared wiki-based run-book:
In the unlikely event the initial alert does not reach the admin, an escalation to the back-up team is sent. This ensures that an actual, trained admin or engineer is on the case within minutes.
Effective monitoring and rapid response helps real-time events, but to truly improve the reliability, performance, and stability of a site or service, more is required. To that end, all incidents and alerts are reviewed by our most senior engineering staff, providing feedback for our clients, our system administrators, our engineers, and our monitoring systems.
Each week, we identify problem clusters, emerging trends, and other reliability issues. Then, we identify the action to be taken to improve system reliability. Sometimes run-book updates are needed, sometimes system or network tuning is required, sometimes new monitoring methods need to be added. And sometimes reliability improvements require client actions. For each approach, communication occurs, and the situation is flagged for continuing assessment.
The result of this closed-loop feedback process is improved short and long-term reliability.
Stand Sure Systems, the originator of 724support.com, is a Silicon Valley company with deep expertise in Network Engineering, Infrastructure Management, Operations, 7x24 Support and everything else needed to design, deploy and manage colo-based and cloud-based infrastructures. We were founded in 1997, and have the people, tools and experience you need to build, expand and manage your site. All services are provided by background-checked US staff.
We provide high-quality, reasonable-cost, design, build, operations and 724 support solutions custom-tailored for start-up technology companies. We do network design and implementation, Linux and Windows server engineering and support and we have a complete, cost-effective 724 Support solution for colo-based web sites and services.
Our clients range from tiny start-ups with one or two “servers” at Amazon Web Services (AWS) to giant global companies with hundreds of devices in colos plus large public or private elastic clouds. And everything in between.
We cannot publish a complete client list, but here are some we might mention:
These clients have an enormous range of technologies, scale, internal skill, and budgetary limits. And 724support.com has worked together with each one to improve performance and reliability.
How to measure results differs by client and by what is important to each client. For one client, swamped by a flood of impairments and critical events, we reduced the incident volume by over 75% between 2015 and 2016. For another client where surviving exponential growth was the key metric, we kept reliability constant while server count grew 100-200% each year.
Sometimes results are measured in ability to survive a sudden exponential demand flood (e.g. being “slash-dotted”). One client experienced a 10,000% throughput increase essentially overnight when a popular social platform was released in Asia/Pacific. 724Support.com worked around the clock to keep the site up until additional hardware capacity could be added for the new users.
For most of our clients, success means that every alarm, impairment, and critical event is handled properly and professionally. We do that, 7 days per week, 24 hours per day.
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