A cloud break is something no decision maker wants to hear about their business or enterprise. Downtime and emergencies cause anxiety and frustration in all industries and all business areas. While no cloud service provider can promise zero downtime, there are many procedures that can be put in place to limit the possibility of downtime. In addition, the creation of proactive policies and procedures around time-out potential can be a significant change in the event of disasters. The last thing your business should do is spend time creating a workable plan for downtime.
We are here today to highlight the real cost of cloud downtime, what it means for your business, and what you can do to minimize the unwanted side effects of downtime. From the cost of lost time and emergency recovery to lost revenue and business disruption, you can’t afford to have a workable plan for your business. Continue reading for more information.
Actual cost of downtime
Business downtime can mean many costs. If your IT department is not ready for downtime, your company may need to call in external contractors or consultants to help manage downtime. In this case, your business will not only lose valuable time, but these emergency consultations can also be quite expensive. If you have a local private cloud, in addition to consulting costs, you may have to purchase new equipment or pay for maintenance. These costs can go up pretty quickly. In addition, you pay the cost of lost time and the costs associated with detecting, investigating, and recovering from events.
Then there are downtime costs that may not be directly financial, such as reduced productivity for your entire team and this downtime has a negative impact on users. Poor operating experiences can lead to further loss of revenue due to business disruptions. Never underestimate the damage to reputation that downtime can cause.
It’s safe to say that downtime isn’t a welcome visitor, and your business should be prepared to deal with downtime quickly and effectively if it happens to you.
Combating cloud downtime
The best way to manage cloud services is to be proactive rather than reactive. Now is not the time to wait for a disaster to strike so that we have a plan to deal with downtime. Take the time to discuss with your IT team strategies that can reverse the effects of cloud breaks, if any. Do you have automated and tested processes and procedures for detecting cloud outages if it occurs. Then create a plan to get the cloud back online as soon as possible. Back up your important data regularly so that you do not lose valuable data. As you know, data recovery is not always possible during downtime. A proactive approach can help your business prepare for the worst case scenario.
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