IT Planner: 5 Steps to Continuous Data Protection - Page 5
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??ípanies 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.The bottom line is this: How much downtime can your company absorb before it's too late?
For some businesses and services, such as banks, hospitals, utilities, law enforcement and defense, even a few minutes down without flowing data is unacceptable.