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Are You Part of the 6%?

Enterprise-Class Resilience Is Achievable. But at What Cost?


Much like with cybersecurity breaches, it’s not a question of if your data center or network will go down, but when—and what—happens afterwards. And you had better be prepared if you want to be around for afterwards. Business survival numbers paint an ugly picture:

319437_Resiliency_MediumIn 2013, 67 US data centers had a total collective loss of more than $46 million due to complete or partial unplanned data center outages. That’s about $126,000 a day

More than half of Fortune 500 companies experience a minimum of 1.6 hours of downtime each and every week

• The average length of data center outages?
Several hours: 18.8%
Several days: 5.9%
Several weeks: 3.8%.*

Approximately 57% of companies have experienced data loss in the last 12 months due to outages or system failure and 77% of decision makers are not confident they could fully recover. Costs include 43% loss of employee productivity, 29% loss of revenue, and 29% loss of customer confidence.

By 2020, 60% of digital businesses will suffer major service failures

• In the event of a significant failure, a business has just a 6% chance of survival. About 43% never reopen and 51% close within two years.

The hard and soft costs are huge, and they’re growing. Nowadays, being prepared for an outage has a regular and justifiable business cost. At 80%, availability/resilience was second only to carrier availability and density (82%) in a recent survey of top priorities for data center operators.

Data center resiliency basically means your data center -- or its core functions, including connectivity, applications and data -- runs 24x7, no matter what. At various times approaches have included: redundant hardware (i.e. disks, CPUs and power supplies), systems or facilities; nonstop or fault-tolerant computing solutions from some of the top names in the industry; high availability compute clusters; and now Disaster Recovery as a Service. Yes, a practical application of the Cloud that derisks the downtime equation through geographic diversity, always on/integrated transaction models and leveraging dedicated or shared capacity for bursting in the event of a failure.

How much resiliency you have will depend upon the costs/benefits. Not all applications, data, or users need to be available 24x7—or at least won’t shut down a business if they are disrupted. Others will—and those are the ones that you must ensure are not disrupted. Or you can join the 94% of businesses that weren’t resilient enough.

Whatever your level of resiliency, our cloud and data center experts can help your business remain in the 6%. Leverage the experience and expertise of our team to help create or rethink a disaster recovery solution.

*Source: Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council, The State of Global Disaster Recovery Preparedness: Annual Report 2014

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