Story image

Xero to go offline as it continues move to AWS Cloud

11 Aug 16

The Xero accounting platform will be offline for a short while next week as the company continues its migration to Amazon Web Services.

In a notice to its customers, the company says the system will be unavailable for ‘a few hours’ on Sunday 21 August from 6am.

Xero announced its move to AWS in May.

“Since June we’ve been moving large numbers of our customers across to AWS every weekend,” explains Duncan Ritchie, Xero, in a company blog post.

“Now that over 50% of our customers are on AWS, it is time for us to move the shared applications across too.”

Xero says the move to AWS is designed to allow growth to millions of customers and further reduce chances of downtime.

The next move is to shift the shared application components, which means the company has to take the system offline.

During the offline period Xero users will no have access to their Xero accounts or any part of the application.

Ritchie says the move to AWS means Xero will be less likely to need to take the application offline to make changes in future.

“This migration is happening at the least busy times for our customers. We’ve chosen the weekend carefully around our global customers’ key accounting activities so we disrupt customers as little as possible – and we hope that most won’t even notice,” he explains.

Xero’s move to the AWS hosting platform has been phased over a number on months. Xero data will continue to be stored on serves located in the United States.

“The new AWS platform provides improved levels of security, availability and performance that will support massive future growth,” Ritchie says.

“The new platform will enable us to continuously deploy new features to our customers.”

How blockchain will impact NZ’s economy
Distributed ledgers and blockchain are anticipated to provide a positive uplift to New Zealand’s economy.
25% of malicious emails still make it through to recipients
Popular email security programmes may fail to detect as much as 25% of all emails with malicious or dangerous attachments, a study from Mimecast says.
Human value must be put back in marketing - report
“Digital is now so widely adopted that its novelty has worn off. In their attempt to declutter, people are being more selective about which products and services they incorporate into their daily lives."
Wine firm uses AR to tell its story right on the bottle
A Central Otago wine company is using augmented reality (AR) and a ‘digital first’ strategy to change the way it builds its brand and engages with customers.
DigiCert conquers Google's distrust of Symantec certs
“This could have been an extremely disruptive event to online commerce," comments DigiCert CEO John Merrill. 
Protecting organisations against internal fraud
Most companies tend to take a basic approach that focuses on numbers and compliance, without much room for grey areas or negotiation.
Telesmart to deliver Cloud Calling for Microsoft Teams
The integration will allow Telesmart’s Cloud Calling for Microsoft Teams to natively enable external voice connectivity from within Teams collaborative workflow environment.
Jade Software & Ambit take chatbots to next level of AI
“Conversation Agents present a huge opportunity to increase customer and employee engagement in a cost-effective manner."