The Crippling Costs of Downtime to Your Business2 min read

Unfortunately, it happens, servers go down and businesses suffer at the expense.

Did you know that in a 2016 report by IHS, Outages cost large scale North American companies upwards of $700 Billion in 2015? (Source).

That is a catastrophic amount of lost income in just one continent, and the impact on the productivity of industry is worrying when trying to achieve economic growth.

However, there is a solution to avoid the pitfalls of downtime in your business, and that is by ensuring you adopt a Cloud Disaster Recovery Plan.

What Does That Mean?

A Cloud Disaster Recovery plan is a backup and restore strategy that involves storing and maintaining copies of electronic records in a cloud computing environment as a security measure.

Traditionally, protecting applications and data meant having to effectively run and maintain a second data centre in case of downtime, in order for it to fail over to the secondary site.

The costs associated with this method are high and proving to be detrimental to the growth of an organisation.

Adopting Cloud Services are a way to streamline your business through a Digital Transformation and utilise cost effective Disaster Recovery to ensure your operation has a fail over and reduce downtime in the event of a disaster.

How Do I Make a Plan?

The first thing you need to consider is creating a business impact analysis.

To do this you need to look at two key points: –

Recovery Time Objective (RTO)

Your RTO is the maximum amount of acceptable time you can be offline. This information forms the basis of any service level agreement you may wish to put in place with a Cloud provider.

Recovery Point Objective (RPO)  is the maximum acceptable length of time during which data might be lost from your application due to a major incident.

A lot of organisations are now moving certain points of their infrastructure to Microsoft Azure’s site recovery which can protect your entity without requiring a separate on-site data centre.

Azure’s Site Recovery can protect Hyper-V, VMware and physical servers, and you can use Azure or your secondary data centre as your recovery site.

By utilising this you can ensure a lower RTO and RPO whilst also reducing costs and increasing productivity.

For more information on how Lanmark Limited utilises over 20 years of experience to help organisations set up Microsoft Azure then visit our website HERE or call us on 0207 887 2754 today.

Make sure you watch our latest video where Lanmark Managing Partner Steve Winchcombe explains more about Disaster Recovery and how Azure Site recovery can aide your business.