According to EduGeek, an educational ICT forum, an average secondary school has 12 servers and this can be quite costly. A server will cost approximately £3k, plus electricity and maintenance costs, it takes up space and needs replacing every few years.
Backups are an important component to any disaster recovery plan, and the majority of people religiously backup their servers. Backing up the configuration of the hosts that run your virtual environment on the other hand is not so common, this may be because you can build and deploy a host in record time but it also relies on you knowing exactly how the host is/was configured.
According to “The Avoidable Cost of Downtime”, a study of over 1,800 European organisations by CA Technologies, the UK experiences the largest amount of downtime each year, with an average of 27.3 hours. 60% of businesses said their operations department was the worst affected. So it’s probably not surprising to learn that their ability to generate revenue during a blackout is reduced by a third.
Even after the blackout, when IT systems are back up and running, there’s still an average delay of nine hours per company, per year, when data is being recovered. During this period, a company’s revenue generation is reduced by a quarter.