How Much Downtime Costs
There’s a reason companies invest in having near perfect uptime for their data and systems: downtime is EXPENSIVE. More times than not, downtime is caused by unforeseen circumstances, making the financial planning for it even more difficult. Do you know what it costs to be down, say, for just a few hours?
A simple calculation:
Total Employee Loss of Productivity = (# of hours of Downtime + catch up time) x total salary per hour of company
This number is incrementally larger if the hours of downtime are spread over many incidents a year.
We are not talking about only employee salary loss when we talk about damage to a company during downtime. Client service can take a negative hit, employee satisfaction can erode, and there are costs associated with getting back to operational.
The question is, can you afford NOT to focus on uptime?
Your First Considerations
You can invest to beef up your internal IT management team to keep your company operational 24/7/365. Or, you can simplify your life with a dependable solution. Purchasing IT management services from a reliable partner who knows how to keep your system in constant uptime allows you to focus on what you do best: service clients. Your partner should be focused on the three key areas below.
The number one step to uptime: have as many back ups as possible for as long as possible. The ability to seamlessly switch to backup data ensures your staff are constantly working. Server backups need to play a key role in company productivity.
Backups will only get you so far. If you haven’t built your system with redundancy, you can still be impacted greatly when your system crashes or goes offline. Redundancy allows you to operate with virtually no disruption to the vast majority of your workers. Planning for backup and disaster recovery is wise, but why lose valuable time? Seamlessly switch to your backup plan. Or your backup backup plan. This message brought to you from the Redundancy Department of Redundancy.
Get to the cloud. There are so many cloud solutions available to companies today. By virtualizing your data, you add another layer of protection. Physical data centers can always be cut off from your people. But if your IT disaster recovery plan includes virtualization, you keep a lifeline constantly open.
All of these strategies can be part of a Unified IT management services package. Get Simple. Get dependable. Get secure.