Information Technology Intelligence Consulting’s (ITIC) recent report on Continuous Availability with Stratus ftServer & Microsoft SQL Server provides a number of insights on what customers of the major hardware providers experience in terms of downtime. Here are some of the highlights:

— 83% of Stratus ftServer customers “rarely experience server hardware failures on each server
platform,” as compared to IBM Power Systems (77%), HP Integrity (73%), and Dell Power Edge
(72%.) Intel White Boxes, Oracle x86, Oracle SPARC , IBM System X and HP ProLiant all trailed
with scores between 52% and 64%.

— 54% of survey respondents say their business requires a minimum of 99.99% uptime — the
equivalent of 52 minutes of downtime per year.

— 1 out of 4 respondents said the hourly cost of downtime for each business-critical server or
application topped $100,000. Ten percent said hourly downtime losses exceeded $250,000.

— Since 2002, Microsoft’s SQL Server has been the most secure database platform. From January
2008 through November 2011, the National Institute of Standards and Technology recorded
only 22 security vulnerabilities for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 . In stark contrast,
NIST recorded 156 security vulnerabilities for Oracle’s 11g database server.

The report provides concrete statistics on what customers of Oracle, HP, Dell, IBM, and their
competitors should expect in terms of outages – and what solutions will offer better alternatives.
Delving into pricing, total cost of downtime and customer satisfaction, ITIC gives a comprehensive guide
to those looking for the best availability solution.

To read the report, click here.