Cloud Outages Prove Costly for Companies

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-12-2015 Email

Organizations migrating apps and infrastructure to the public cloud are experiencing service outages at surprisingly frequent rates, as the cost of a single day of downtime now surpasses the five-figure mark, according to a recent survey from CloudEndure. While most companies have set admirable service availability goals, far less are meeting these goals most of the time. (Meanwhile, a notable share doesn't even measure service availability.) Results convey similarly spotty outcomes with respect to recovery time objectives (RTOs), as many businesses are satisfied with recovery processes that last more than a half hour. (That's if they aspire to a recovery-time goal at all.) In addition, most companies spend relatively little time on backup/disaster recovery during the week, and few claim any commitment to continuous data replication. When they do focus on system availability and data protection, their strategies usually involve multi-zone remote storage backup and replication, as well as load balancing. Nearly 110 IT pros from North America and Europe took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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