Without any offence to Agg / OCAU, it's not the type of platform that needs some automatic failover or complete spare DR platform. It's a website and forum, this is simple to maintain high uptimes for. The reality is, Amazon (and other infrastructure providers) can do a better job of maintaining uptimes for systems because they have entire teams to do it. That's not to say "dump it on Amazon and forget about it". As you can see from Agg's notes already, he's already look at snapshots and replication of data. This makes no sense whatsoever. Anyone who thinks that a hybrid cloud solution with automatic failover is either cheap or simple is in for a world of hurt. The costs and implementation time would be astronomical for a small entity. In more relevant news, I hadn't released that Amazon have opened up Aurora for a public preview: http://aws.amazon.com/rds/aurora/ I've yet to try it, but it looks to be a perfect fit for what OCAU requires.