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In today’s fast-paced business environment, every second counts. System downtime can have far-reaching consequences, from lost revenue to damaged reputation. And depending on the scale of your business or how much traffic your website receives, system downtime could be even more harmful. Having said that, what’s even more important is uptime. The truth is you need to maximize your uptime with IT solutions.
Before we show you how to maximize uptime, it’s essential to understand the scope of potential problems downtime brings.In 2020 alone, the average cost of one hour of downtime was between $300,000-$400,000. And if you extrapolate that data to 2023 and beyond, it only gets larger.
Of course, some businesses are different, and larger websites will experience more loss. However, that doesn’t mean you should ignore signs of potential crashes. Any sort of downtime will harm your company’s reputation.A survey done by StatusCake reported only 11% of people would return to a website after being unable to access it due to downtime.
If avoiding downtime is so critical, how do you avoid it in the first place?
The first step in avoiding downtime is understanding what causes it. Here are some factors that affect your downtime:
By being aware of these common causes, you can create effective strategies to minimize the risk of downtime. For instance, conducting regular maintenance and updates for hardware and software, investing in robust cybersecurity measures, and providing training for employees can help address downtime concerns.
To avoid any user experience blunders, it’s essential to implement strategies that minimize downtime and maximize uptime. Here are two ways to do it correctly:
By regularly monitoring your IT infrastructure and performing routine maintenance, you can detect potential issues before they escalate and cause downtime. For example, managed IT services can offer the expertise and resources needed to keep your systems stable and up to date.
These services might include monitoring server performance, applying software patches, and ensuring hardware components are in optimal condition. That way, you never experience the dread of downtime.
Implementing redundancy and high availability measures is another essential step in maximizing uptime. These strategies ensure that your systems remain operational even in the event of hardware failure or other issues.
Examples of redundancies include data backups, which allow you to recover lost information quickly, and failover systems that automatically switch to a secondary server if the primary one fails.
By understanding the causes of downtime and implementing strategies such as proactive monitoring, maintenance, and redundancy measures, you can minimize the risk of system failures and maintain seamless operations. Investing in these approaches not only protects your business’s bottom line but also bolsters its reputation for reliability and resilience.
If you’re looking for managed IT solutions so you never have to worry about cybersecurity or downtime, look no further than LeadingIT. Whether you’re a nonprofit, part of the government, a school, or manufacturing institution, we’ll work with you every step of the way.
LeadingIT offers 24/7, all-inclusive, fast and friendly technology and cybersecurity support for nonprofits, manufacturers, schools, accounting firms, religious organizations, government, and law offices with 20-200 employees across the Chicagoland area
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