Recently, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer recalled over a million birth control pills due to packaging and visual inspection errors. The media coverage of the incident was crucial to getting the word out about the possibly-erroneous packs, but it also serves to draw attention to the costly fragility of pharmaceutical processes.
In the time it took to package just 30 birth control packs, they created such a huge reputation disaster that it shook public confidence in the company’s products. Due to the nature of the industry, reputation is critical: patients with heart conditions or blood disorders won’t trust a company to put together the complex chemical configurations creating life-saving drugs if they can’t even count out 28 pills without a problem.
This particular accident wasn’t technology-related, but you can see how a similarly small fault in a pharmaceutical manufacturing server could prove disastrous. Downtime of traditional high-availability solutions – including Microsoft clusters that fail over to another machine, but completely lose the data from whatever processes were occurring at the time of the fault – is around 8 hours and 46 minutes annually on average.
This begs the question, how many birth control pills do you think Pfizer packages in a full workday? That is the amount of pills that would be affected with “traditional” high availability solutions.
Understanding your plant’s annual downtime and its total cost is critical to finding a solution that best fits your needs. The goal should be to minimize downtime by implementing high availability technologies that work with your existing applications. The simplicity of adaptable high availability solutions add value without adding to the total cost of ownership of your servers and IT headaches that accompany management of new technologies and machines. Protect your company, products, and brand reputation simply and effectively by doing the research upfront and implementing tools before a fault breaks down plant production. To learn how to calculate the cost of downtime, read our whitepaper or watch the webinar.
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