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Quantifying the Impact of Downtime

Level 14

Here are some posts I’ve found that help with quantifying the cost of downtime.

Hourly cost for computer networks - $42,000: http://www.networkworld.com/careers/2004/0105man.html?page=1

Cost per hour of datacenter downtime for large organizations - $1.13M: http://www.stratus.com/~/media/Stratus/Files/Library/AnalystReports/Aberdeen-4-Steps-Budget-Downtime...

Average cost of a datacenter outage - $505,502: http://emersonnetworkpower.com/en-US/Brands/Liebert/Documents/White%20Papers/data-center-costs_24659...

Large enterprises lose more than $1M each year due to IT failures: http://www.informationweek.com/storage/disaster-recovery/it-downtime-costs-265-billion-in-lost-re/22... 

TechRepublic Article – How to calculate the cost of downtime: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-calculate-and-convey-the-true-cost-of-downtime/

Curious, what is your calculated hourly cost of downtime? What factors went into your calculation?

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Level 15

Good reference items.  Thanks for sharing.

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I've been with SolarWinds for over eight years in product marketing, customer success and field enablement roles. Currently, I'm focused on improving business outcomes for our enterprise accounts with SolarWinds IT operations management portfolio. Prior to joining SolarWinds, I worked at IBM as a product manager, and served in other departments including strategy and finance. I have an MBA from Texas A&M University and a BA in Political Science/Russian Language from Oklahoma State University.