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Many organizations facing cloud downtime challenges

CloudEndure has published the results of a benchmark survey, entitled ‘2014 State of public cloud disaster recovery’. This presents best practices and success metrics reported by companies that host web applications in the public cloud.

The highlights of the survey report are:

  • When it comes to service availability, there is a clear gap between how organizations perceive their track record and the reality of their capabilities. While almost all respondents claim they meet their availability goals consistently (43 percent) or most of the time (49 percent), 26 percent of the organizations surveyed don’t measure service availability at all. It is hard to tell how these organizations claim to meet their goals when they are not able to measure them.
  • While the vast majority of the organizations surveyed (79 percent) have a service availability goal of 99.9 percent or better, over half of the companies (54 percent) had at least one outage in the past 3 months.
  • The top challenges in meeting availability goals are insufficient IT resources, budget limitations, and limited ability to prevent software bugs.
  • Load balancing and local (single region/zone) storage backup are the leading strategies to ensure system availability and data protection cited by 59 percent and 51 percent of the respondents respectively.
  • There is a strong correlation between the cost of downtime and the average hours per week invested in backup / disaster recovery.

Complimentary copies of the report are available for download after free registration.

•Date: 31st March 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

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