In today’s global online economy, an organization’s IT end-users and customers demand 24/7 access to applications . As a result, even the briefest  period of downtime can have serious bottom-line impact. In fact, a recent survey found that the average cost per hour of downtime was over $163,000*—an amount that can quickly send a company into financial peril. Given these high stakes, it’s not surprising that business continuity and disaster recovery are becoming top priorities for organizations of all types and sizes.

But when it comes to implementing business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) plans, what’s the best approach to take? A new Aberdeen Group report focuses on the actions, capabilities, and technology enablers that best-in-class organizations have adopted to ensure continuous business operations—even  in the event of disaster. Results of a recent Aberdeen survey show that best-in-class companies document their BC/DR requirements and procedures, measure results, and educate staff on implementing documented processes. In addition, they tend to use server virtualization and fault-tolerant servers as technology enablers to  maintain business-critical services.

If your organization is thinking about developing, upgrading, or changing your BC/DR plans, there are upfront steps you should take before investing valuable budget and resources. Download the new Aberdeen Group report, “Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery: Don’t Go it Alone,” to understand what best-in-class companies are doing to maximize availability of critical applications and to get practical advice for implementing successful BC/DR processes and solutions within your organization.

*Source: Aberdeen Group, May 2013