What would be the lost productivity?
How about the damage to your reputation?
All of the above?
Visit our cost of Downtime Calculator, to build a business case for building a more resilient IT infrastructure.
By completing the Downtime Calculator, you now have an indication of the cost to your company should your servers fail, but you also need to identify two key objectives for your critical servers:
1. Recovery Time Objective (RTO):
How long does it take your business to recover from a server failure?
2. Recovery Point Objective (RPO):
At what point will you recover up to?
For example, your current operating system takes 5 hours to recover from server failure (RTO) but can only recover to the latest back-up which occurred at midnight (RPO):
Wednesday, 12noon, server failure occurs, it will be 5pm before server failure recovery (RTO), but, the latest back-up occurred midnight Tuesday (RPO), which would result in up to a 17 hour window of Downtime, depending on your company’s operating hours.
If you apply the 17 hour window of Downtime to your Calculator within System Restoration Cost, you will identify your IT department’s internal costs. This is only a fraction of the cost and lost productivity that the company will experience during server failure.
Your business case complete: In most cases, the cost of one hour’s server Downtime to the company will pay for a high availability or a disaster recovery solution. Delivering replication, helping you to achieve a virtually immediate recovery point, and, failover which helps you to achieve a minimal recovery time with the added benefit that system users will be unaware that there has been any server failure.
If you are interested in finding out how to plan for server failure and supporting your business case argument, then, please reply to this email or call 0121 313 3943 before 15th May and we will offer you a free place on our Disaster Recovery and High Availability Planning Workshop, worth £250.
For further information about the content of the Disaster Recovery and High Availability Planning Workshop, please refer to the document available here.