Cloud downtime is something that no decision-maker wants to hear in regards to their business or enterprise. Across all industries and all scales of businesses, downtime and disaster recovery incite anxiety and frustration. While no cloud provider can promise zero downtime, there are many procedures that can be put into place to limit the possibility of downtime. Moreover, taking the time to create proactive politics and procedures surrounding the potential for downtime can make a big difference if disaster strikes. The last thing your business should do is not take the time to create a viable plan in the case of downtime.

We’re here today to highlight the true cost of cloud downtime, what it means for your business, and what you can do to minimize any unwanted side effects of downtime should it occur. From lost time and costs associated with disaster recovery to lost revenue and business disruption, you cannot afford to have a viable plan in place for your business. Keep reading to learn more.

The True Cost Of Downtime

Downtime for businesses can mean many costs. If your IT department isn’t prepared for downtime then your business may need to bring in third-party contractors or consultants to help manage the outage. In this case, your business not only loses valuable time but also these emergency consultations can be quite costly. Alongside consultation costs, if you have an on-premise private cloud you may need to purchase new equipment or pay for maintenance. These costs can add up quite quickly. Moreover, you’ll pay the price for lost time and costs associated with incident detection, investigation, and recovery.

Then there are the costs of downtime that are not necessarily directly financial, such as decreased productivity across your entire team and users being impacted negatively by this downtime. Bad user experiences can lead to further losses in revenue thanks to business disruptions. Never underestimate the damage in reputation that downtime can cause.

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It is safe to say that downtime is not a welcomed visitor and your business should prepare to combat downtime quickly and efficiently should it occur to you.

Combating Cloud Downtime

When it comes to managing your cloud the best approach is to be proactive rather than reactive. Now is not the time to wait for disaster to strike in order to have a plan that addresses downtime. Take time to discuss with your IT team strategies that can negate the impact of cloud downtime should it occur. Have automated and tested processes and procedures to detect cloud downtime should it ever happen. Then create a plan to get your cloud back online as soon as possible. Backup important data regularly to avoid losing valuable information. As you know, during downtime data recovery sometimes is not always possible. Taking a proactive approach can help your business prepare for the worst-case scenario.

In our fully-managed private cloud offering, VEXXHOST has proactive monitoring with reports generated at regular intervals. This means that we are able to regularly review your cloud and be present to solve issues should they arise. We are here to help your business take a proactive approach and grow with their cloud infrastructure. If you’re looking for an expert opinion in preparing in the case of downtime contact our team of experts today.

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