How Network Outages Bring Down Business

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-10-19 Email

Organizations are routinely experiencing unplanned network outages that impact their access to business-critical applications, according to a recent survey from Talari Networks. Most IT professionals reported that they can only afford to lose access to these apps for a couple of minutes at a time, if at all. However, most outages last at least an hour. Leading causes include problems related to servers, the LAN and the WAN. And while there is considerable awareness about the potential for damage, it's surprising to see that relatively few enterprises are investing in potential safeguard solutions, such as redundant servers and networks, or off-site disaster recovery services. By taking such a position, organizations are placing themselves at a greater risk. "It's important for organizations to realize the true impact of a network outage," said John Dickey, president and COO of Talari Networks. "Not only is an outage a detriment to critical applications, but it also costs the enterprise an outrageous number of dollars. [Enterprises should] understand that implementing a failsafe network is the logical next step for any organization looking to mitigate outages." More than 400 IT professionals took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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