Your business will not run without the network. Much like a body cannot function without a heart. Our hearts are high on our medical priority list. From a young age, we are taught the importance of a healthy lifestyle, exercise, and diet for the longevity of our hearts. When there isn’t a problem, the heart is often out of sight and out of mind. We go throughout our day, without a worry in the world. However when something does happen, and our hearts are threatened we realize how vulnerable we really are, and how much we need it.
Like our hearts, the network is often out of sight and out of mind. It works until it doesn’t and when it doesn’t it impacts everything. When it fails, engineers have to find out why, much like cardiologists. Similar to cardiologists, time is of the essence. While they do not have to think about saving human life, they do need to think about the repercussions of having a network outage, and how it affects the business.
Regardless of company size or industry, that is a lot of money. Every facet of the business takes a hit from downtime. The chart to the right illustrates the costs associated by category and was created based on the findings of the Ponemon Institute .
“Over 35% surveyed admitted that they are unsure of the cost of an outage to their business.”