Clare Controls has expanded its cloud-based ecosystem by partnering with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host its next-generation automation solutions.
While Clare automation systems run independently on controllers located in customers’ homes, they are configured, deployed, and maintained by integrators working remotely, using the cloud-based Fusion Configuration Tool. In addition to the integrator’s dashboard, the Clare cloud provides secure anytime/anywhere access to customers’ project configuration files, backed up with Multiple Availability Zones (Multi A-Z) through AWS hardware and software deployed globally, in multiple regions and zones.
Each Multi A-Z runs on its own infrastructure, while replicating its data across all other connected zones. In the case of an infrastructure event (such as a network disruption or storage failure), the RDS will failover automatically to a standby database. With AWS, Clare is able to assure 99.5 percent or better reliability and up-time of their Fusion Configuration Tool, according to the company.
“Our use of AWS is a very significant contribution to the efficiency and confidence of our dealers, who rely upon Fusion to remotely configure, modify, and repair their clients’ automation systems,” explained Jim Hanna, VP of engineering at Clare Controls. “If an Amazon server fails, the AWS cluster preserves the data, leaving projects undisrupted. A Clare integrator can resume operations nearly instantaneously, with no apparent effect on their work in progress.”