99.995% uptime equals 27 minutes of downtime per year or less. But what it really means is the level of credibility your company has in the marketplace.
We live in a real-time world. Customer facing computer systems sell your products. Manufacturing systems ensure production and quality in the products you make. Internal systems keep employees productive. Minutes of downtime can cost thousands of dollars. Data center downtime costs your company revenue, profits and credibility.
So how do you achieve high levels of uptime?
First, understand the cost of downtime. What does it cost your company to have critical systems down? Downtime is often calculated per application. Knowing the cost helps you focus efforts on data center uptime where it counts most.
Second, make sure your data center facilities have at least 2 of every critical component. This is known as 2N or N+N data center redundancy. Anything less than two utility feeds, two generators, two UPS systems and two HVAC systems puts you at risk for data center downtime. You can also improve uptime by using hardened data center facilities, built to withstand the regional risks. F5 tornado resistant data centers are important in the midwest.
Third, build your systems and applications using the same 2N architecture to protect against failure and to allow for concurrent maintainability.
Your data center uptime is your system reliability. Your system reliability is your credibility in the marketplace. Can’t afford the data center capital costs of 2N architecture? Use the outsource data center facilities of Lifeline Data Centers. Call us at 317.423.2591.