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Downtime – An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

21st, June 2018

Have you ever heard of the old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” This nugget of wisdom applies perfectly to your Data Centre -the heart beat of your business!

Can you afford downtime? It’s not just inaccessibility that you’re looking at – downtime can lead to a chain reaction of negative events, lost customers, decreased employee productivity, data failure, and ultimately lost revenue.

In 2016, Amazon.com suffered a glitch leaving its website inaccessible for just 13 minutes. Based on net sales it was estimated that the outage cost was $2.6 million!

May 2017, British Airways saw massive disruption due to an IT outage that grounded flights leaving 75,000 flyers stranded with an estimated cost of £100 million in compensation not to mention the drop in their share price.

In the Summer of 2012 a major IT failure at RBS saw more than 6.5 million customers of Natwest, RBS and Ulster Bank experience problems with accessing their accounts over a two week period. RBS was hit with a £56 million fine from regulators and forced to pay around £70 million in customer compensation.

You cannot always avoid downtime, but if you fail to maintain your data centre you are certainly increasing the probability of becoming another case study like the aforementioned.

Is it time you re- assess your maintenance strategy?

Everything within your data centre can be monitored by a centralised management system. By closely monitoring this data and applying monitoring analytics technology it becomes possible to perform condition-based maintenance.

By identifying patterns that indicate a system is in actual danger of failing, you can make proactive maintenance decisions, coupled with a preventive maintenance schedule you can save money by optimising the condition of your equipment and replacing components in advance of failure thus preventing the cost of downtime. Not only that it will ensure that your Data Centre is operating as energy efficiently as possible.

Is it time to get in touch and arrange for your data centre to be maintained by data centre specialists?

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