We all know the dangers of downtime. But have you actually considered what it would cost in lost time, lost revenue and overall business impact if you lost mission critical infrastructure? There have been numerous reports from consulting firms across the globe that attempt to quantify the amount of lost hours and business revenue if mission critical business systems go off-line in the event of a disaster. See the crippling effects of downtime in our infographic.

I’ve seen that all too often companies make the mistake of having their entire IT infrastructure stacked away in some office closet, which acts more like the office supply room. The unforeseen is all too often ignored and is always the last thing anyone ever thinks about.

Power and cooling are the two most important factors to keeping your critical business infrastructure up and running.

  1. What happens if the power provided or the power available doesn’t meet the equipment specifications?
  2. Or the cooling equipment or lack thereof doesn’t dissipate the heat generated by all your equipment?
  3. What if an employee with no business being near your IT equipment decides to walk into your company’s “IT closet” and starts unplugging things?
  4. What happens if there is a water leak in the ceiling above your equipment that goes undetected?

These are just a few examples of things that could potentially lead to a catastrophic failure costing your business time and money. From an IT standpoint and from an overall business perspective, you need to ask a few complex questions.

  1. How do you mitigate potential risks?
  2. How much time would it take to get back up and running?
  3. What is the cost to get back up and running?
  4. How much lost revenue is this costing the company?
  5. What is our backup plan or do we even have a backup plan?

All these questions can be answered by having a business continuity and disaster recovery plan in place to address such situations. By having mission critical business infrastructure located in a highly available data center, at least you know your data and applications are protected. Colocation data centers provide high performance power, cooling and security needed to maintain operational productivity while offering day-to-day management of the facility. This includes ensuring 100% uptime and peace of mind should a disastrous event ever occur.

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