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The true cost of downtime – and how to prevent it

  • Hardware failure.
  • Virus or ransomware infection.
  • A wider security breach.
  • External factors meaning you’re unable to access your office.
  • Flood or fire.

“Help me if you can I’m feeling down,” sang the Beatles.

There are many reasons that you might experience downtime. And the cost and impact on your business definitely has the potential to leave you feeling glum.

The most common reasons are small scale. A piece of equipment might not be working properly, for example. This isn’t serious and is quickly resolved. The cost – in terms of fixing the machine responsible – is relatively low.

But what if there was a ransomware infection meaning everyone in your company couldn’t work for five days? How much would that cost your business?

Use Datto’s downtime cost calculator

Remember, in any calculation of downtime, it’s crucial to take into account the lost productivity as well as the cost of recovery.

If you’ve ever wondered how much downtime – on a small or a large scale – might be costing your business, then Datto’s amazing downtime cost calculator does the hard work for you.

  • If this is the first time you’ve come across Datto, they’re responsible for protecting the data of many leading brands.
  • Whether your data is onsite or in the cloud, Datto provides end-to-end recoverability and accountability.
  • And we partner with them to bring you our robust, tailored disaster recovery solutions.

Simply enter in your business details and the calculator will evaluate your recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO) and give you an estimated cost of downtime based on your recovery time.

Plan for the worst to get the best outcome

Do you have a disaster recovery plan? 

All too often, when disasters occur, time is lost trying to work out what needs to be done and what processes need to change.

  • For example, if payroll is often on one individual’s PC and the machine fails, it’s common to waste time wondering what the next step should be to make sure your staff are paid on time.
  • Instead, you might examine a few potential options. Your back-up and disaster recovery solution may be able to image that machine on a daily basis and, therefore, work from a virtual machine in the event of failure. Or, more simply, ensure the application and data sit on a server with built in redundancy and resilience.

Effective planning will mean you act fast to secure your business.

Protect your business with the right solutions

If you’re looking for ways to minimise the cost of downtime, it’s vital to invest in the right solutions.

  • It’s worth looking around to find the best partner – one that can provide proof of success looking after organisations of a similar sector and size – for your business.
  • Then, you need to work together to devise a balanced solution that provides the right level of resilience for your business.

Despite the best of intentions, disasters do happen.

When they do, you need the right measures in place to ensure your systems and data remain safe and available. That way, downtime and all its associated costs won’t have a disastrous impact on your business.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help your business minimise the cost and impact of downtime. And don’t forget to get your free Disaster Recovery Assessment.