For data-driven enterprises, no activity is more vital than keeping the database systems up and running. Today, database availability is no longer just an IT issue, the success of the business depends on it.
But unplanned downtime does happen for a variety of reasons. To be prepared in the event of system failures, infrastructure owners and DBAs have developed strategies to increase resiliency and assure availability of data.
According to a recent survey of 315 data managers and professionals, SLAs are getting more demanding and application owners are struggling to keep pace. Close to one-fourth of the survey respondents have SLAs of four nines of availability or greater, meaning they require less than 52 minutes of downtime per year.
Along with SLAs, recovery time objectives are another key indicator of the greater need for businesses to stay up and running with applications and data flowing. According to the survey, about 40% of organizations have an RTO of less than 2 hours meaning they must have everything restored and back up and running within 2 hours of a disaster. Over one-fifth of respondents say their organizations’ RTOs are less than 1 hour.
More than 25% of respondents experienced more than 8 hours of unplanned downtime during the past year and 50% schedule more than 8 hours of planned downtime. (“Bringing Continuous Availability to Oracle Environments - 2013 IOUG Mission Critical Application Availability Survey,” produced by Unisphere Research and sponsored by EMC)
With long downtimes simply unacceptable, organizations are seeking solutions that provide the capabilities they require in order including the ability to scale efficiently, restore quickly to any point in time, and provide the security features necessary to stay in compliance with local geographic and industry mandates.
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