If you weren’t able to make our recent analyst webinar, “Sleep Soundly. Zero Downtime is Very Possible,” no need to lose any sleep. We’ve captured the key takeaways from this event below. In this webinar, Aberdeen Group’s virtualization and continuous availability expert, Dick Csaplar, and Stratus’ Mike Everett explored the cost of downtime, downtime protection technologies, and advice for choosing the best solutions for your business.


Downtime is still an issue

In May 2013, Aberdeen surveyed the IT community to learn about their experiences with data and application protection.  The survey found 93% of organizations reported at least one hour of downtime in the last year, with 80% reporting at least nine hours of downtime.


Does it cost that much?

Unfortunately, yes. Here’s a look at results from Aberdeen’s May 2012 survey on the hourly cost of downtime:

  • All respondents: $138,000/hour
  • Small enterprises (> 100 Employees): $6,900/hour
  • Mid-sized organizations (Between 100 and 1000 employees) $74,000/hour
  • Large enterprises (< 1000 employees): $1,130,000/hour


What are my options?

You have several. Here’s a look at what they are:

  • Nothing: It’s cheap, but you’re not protected from downtime.
  • Hypervisor Software High Availability: It’s easy to set up, but only your hardware is protected.
  • Host-based Cluster Software: Protects you from some hardware and software issues but not from downtime; it also requires shared storage.
  • Fault Tolerant Servers: This is the real deal. Surprisingly simple to set up and manage, it also delivers the highest levels of protection and compelling total cost of ownership (TCO).


Where do I start?

In order to have your most important applications protected, you must tier your applications into three levels, with tier 1 being the most important. Aberdeen found that about 15-19% of tier 1 applications are protected by fault-tolerant servers, which offer the highest level of protection. To learn more on how you can tier your applications and calculate how much uptime you need, visit our website to see our uptime meter.