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High availability and reduced cost with virtual hosting

A collaborative strategy achieves the outcome for an application hosting project, at a quarter of the initial cost expectation.

Business need

A new interactive web site was being developed by CLD for its own customer, under a government funded project. Although the application would have relatively modest performance demands, there were higher than normal availability requirements. The end customer’s initial view was that the project would need multiple duplicated remotely hosted servers, with 30 minutes downtime per year.

Key challenges

  • High availability requirements
  • Tight budget for government funded project


An initial consultancy determined that the customer’s initial hosting proposal would require complex and costly network connections, significant hardware expense, and a expensive technical time to design and manage a custom solution. A strategy was developed between Multibase and its client, at about 25% of the projected cost. The delivery plan was staged, initially using virtual dedicated servers as the application is installed, piloted and ramped up to full capacity, further saving the end customer.


Strategic use of virtualization is combined with the features of the chosen content management system to deliver a robust, economical and highly-available hosting solution at a fraction of the price of the original plan. A modest investment in strategic consultancy delivers a fully-documented and tested plan for ongoing availability and rapid disaster recovery in the event of a failure.

Customer information

Clear Light Digital was a leading digital agency, bringing together a wealth of unique experience garnered at some of Australia's leading online businesses and agencies, including Yahoo!, LookSmart, Seek, realestate.com.au, Optimedia, Sensis and Endemol Southern Star.