How long can a modern organization operate without critical information and applications? How long can a modern organization survive without critical information and applications? While the answer varies with every organization, as the dependency on information technology continues to grow, organizations’ tolerance for interruptions to their information technology usage shrinks at least proportionately.
We live in an information age. Whereas, in the past, economic success depended upon access to raw materials and labor, today few organizations can operate at anywhere near full capacity, if at all, without their data and applications. Most cannot survive long disruptions. Yet, as recent natural disasters have highlighted, the threat of downtime seems unavoidable—it isn’t.
The concepts of survival and predictable operations have driven high availability technology; technology that limits planned and unplanned downtime and enables disaster recovery, thereby reducing the inherent threat to data and information availability.