The Hub Commentary_
The article references the cost of a single cost of downtime as approximately $100,000 and the risk of downtime increases as systems and infrastructures become more and more distributed and complex. Now more than ever, services must be service enabled from a proactive monitoring perspective before it goes live into a production environment. Management cannot be an afterthought and also keep in mind, not all services are created equal.
Service enabling and creating adequate redundancy comes at a cost and has to be weighed against the value the service contributes to the business. Managing the infrastructure as services is an imperative in 2011 to balance cost and value, while insuring service quality and availability.
Integrating the metrics from various technologies and make sense of them as an end-to-end service becomes critical in proactively managing services in real-time and taking action based upon leading indicators that illustrate risk of an outage is rising. Mitigating risk and reducing downtime must be a factor of service enabling the infrastructure as it goes live in production.
As the article states, the cost of down time is high, catastrophic and the scavenger hunt that ensues to solve and restore service leads to lengthy downtime and is costly to your organization. As technology professionals, leveraging new technology and deploying agile infrastructures is just a piece of the puzzle, management and service enabling the infrastructure is equally as important.
This is the year of investment in IT technology as well as it’s management infrastructure to service enable the infrastructure to insure it continues to execute in market time.
North American businesses are collectively losing $26.5 billion in revenue each year as a result of slow recovery from IT system downtime according to a recent study. The study also indicates that the average respondent suffers 10 hours of IT downtime a year and an additional 7.5 hours of compromised operation because of the time it takes to recover lost data. (Read Full Article…)