IT Planner: 5 Steps to Continuous Data Protection - Page 5

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-01-12 Print this article Print

MessageOne, whose hosted e-mail continuity package guarantees that a Microsoft Outlook deployment will work no matter what happens to the IT system, reported recently in a market study that 75 percent of com??√≠panies experience a major unplanned outage at least once a year. The average outage lasts a bit more than 32 hours, the study found: Forty-three percent of the outages lasted longer than 48 hours. 

Most of these outages were caused by technological failures, such as hardware lapses (35 percent); connectivity losses (19 percent); SAN (storage area network) failures (16 percent); and database corruption (16 percent). Fourteen percent of the IT system failures were the result of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes and fires. According to the Federal Emergency Management Administration, there were 61 disaster declarations in the United States in 2007-up from 58 in 2006.

For some businesses and services, such as banks, hospitals, utilities, law enforcement and defense, even a few minutes down without flowing data is unacceptable.

The bottom line is this: How much downtime can your company absorb before it's too late?

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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