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Seven Questions to Ask When Creating a Disaster Recovery Plan

Written by  DAVID R. ALVARADO

According to a recent IDC report titled "DevOps and the Cost of Downtime: Fortune 1000 Best Practice Metrics Quantified," the average total cost of unplanned application downtime for a Fortune 1000 company is between $1.25 and $2.5 billion per year. The cost of a failed critical application is between $500,000 and $1 million per hour. Even if you're not in the Fortune 1000, the cost of downtime is steep – and rising. In 2016, Ponemon Institute surveyed 63 data center organizations for its "2016 Cost of Data Center Outages" report and found that unplanned downtime cost $8,851 per minute, up from $7,908 per minute in 2013 – and the average cost of an outage was $740,357, up from $690,204 in 2013. What would the failure of one or more critical applications cost your business? That's just the first of several important questions you need to answer to create a disaster recovery strategy