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6 Surprising Surveys About Causes And Effects Of System Downtime

Several recent surveys showing the impact storage has on system downtime highlight the poor state of customers' disaster recovery and business continuity planning and show real business opportunities for solution providers.

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Downtime Very Costly, And Way Too Common

System downtimes can cost a company an average of $366,363 a year, according to the 2012 Acronis Disaster Recovery Index survey done late last year by the Ponemon Institute and Woburn, Mass.-based data protection software developer Acronis.

In the survey, Ponemon also found that 86 percent of companies suffered downtime in the last year, and lost an average of 2.2 days annually. Sixty percent of respondents said human error was the most common cause of downtime.

The biggest cause of downtime, cited by 70 percent of respondents, was moving data between different physical, virtual and cloud environments.

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