How to Safeguard Against IT Infrastructure Outages

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-10-2014 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

By now, organizations are well aware that any disruption in the availability of IT network and infrastructure systems will result in a disruption of business. In fact, many companies simply can't conduct any revenue-generating activities during downtime. As for the costs? They amount to literally hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for a typical organization, research shows. However, tech departments still say IT outages are occurring more frequently. To lend guidance, Continuity Software has come up with the following five best practices about how to proactively monitor and analyze your IT infrastructure systems and avoid downtime. With the increasing complexity of today's enterprise IT environment, such an approach is more critical than ever. To further illustrate the urgency of the problem, we've included recent industry findings revealing growing concerns about IT infrastructure disruption and the associated costs. Those findings were compiled from multiple industry research reports, including those from Emerson Network Power and IEEE Computer. For more about Continuity Software's best practices, click here.

 
 
 
  • Growing Concern

    75% of IT data-center professionals are more concerned about maintaining uptime availability now than they were a year ago, and 45% say outages are happening more frequently than they did two years ago.
    Growing Concern
  • Short Supply

    Just 38% say they have "ample" resources available to get the data center running again in the event of an unplanned outage.
    Short Supply
  • People Factor

    Nearly one-half of network outages are caused by human error.
    People Factor
  • Time is Money, Part I

    Outages cost organizations nearly $239,000 in business disruptions and more than $183,000 in lost revenue every year.
    Time is Money, Part I
  • Time is Money, Part II

    Outages cost IT departments an average of $53,600 in lost productivity last year, compared to $42,530 in 2010.
    Time is Money, Part II
  • Best Practices: Is Your Department Proactive?

    If you think about outages only when it's "system down" time, you're too late. Predictive analytics with daily monitoring can find trouble spots before they disrupt operations.
    Best Practices: Is Your Department Proactive?
  • Best Practices: What's Your Cross-Domain Visibility?

    Enterprise IT infrastructures are more heterogeneous and multi-layered than ever. Systems must be configured throughout the layers to find issues "hiding in plain sight."
    Best Practices: What's Your Cross-Domain Visibility?
  • Best Practices: How's Your Cross-Team Collaboration?

    Armed with the right information about risks within all domains (as opposed to containing the information in separate silos), IT teams are empowered to share valuable information in real-time.
    Best Practices: How's Your Cross-Team Collaboration?
  • Best Practices: Is Everything Automated?

    Any decent-sized organization can't depend upon manual detection anymore. Automated daily configuration verification keeps IT up-to-date on readiness.
    Best Practices: Is Everything Automated?
  • Best Practices: Is Your Deployment Non-Intrusive?

    A tightly controlled, read-only access strategy ensures you won't impact mission-critical systems.
    Best Practices: Is Your Deployment Non-Intrusive?
 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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