A full-fledged server environment consists of a lot more than just servers and databases. With hardware, it also needs suitable software and architecture to go with the use case of the server.
A good architecture ensures that the server is always available, recoverable and can handle requests thrown at it. Before the actual setup, we should always spend some time understanding the use case of the server because an architecture varies depending on how it is actually going to be used.
Let’s start with the Backup System. A backup system periodically creates data backup which allows us to restore our environment to a particular state or time. It is useful when a system crashes or modification is made on a system that is not required. It is always recommended to have a backup system because no hardware is going to stay operational forever. A computer hardware crash is just a matter of time. A backup system will save you from data loss when the hardware crashes.
Now, once the backup system is set up properly we should invest some time on a recovery plan. To handle scenarios that are bound to happen, we can even create a automated recovery plan. It consists of a series of steps that execute when recovery is needed. Ex. a hardware failure. It makes sure that you utilize your backup effectively. It is even capable of replacing your whole database with the same confugration in case of failure. There are some automated tools available in the market to automate this process. However, we should always take care of the critical components while setting it up because they can be a single point of failure for the whole recovery setup.
To understand server and other resource utilization we also need a way to monitor servers. It keeps us informed about current and possible future utilization based on past and present data. The best part of a monitoring service is we can set triggers to run scripts when anticipated action occurs. These triggers can be used to send information or to fix the issues if possible.
A way of logging at an individual server level is also always recommended for a good production environment setup. It helps us in identifying the problem. Logs come with timestamps so we can go back in time and check status or errors for a problem that happened in the past. As we grow in size a good logging system is recommended as it provides great visibility for rapid audit.
Once you have an idea of all the above you can decide for yourself the need to improve your production server environment to a level where it is ready for the world.
Once that is done you can always onboard your server on InfraGuard to manage it.