Budgeting for SQL server downtime risk

“We need seven nines of availability. By the way, our budget is $14.”

Customer with lofty High Availability (HA) goals and no real budget to support it, unfortunately, is a common scenario for IT consultants assisting customers with their business continuity and application protection. Unfortunately, high expectations without appropriate funding can prevent organizations from being prepared for a disaster when it occurs.

This article describes how your organization can mitigate interruptions that impact mission-critical SQL Server deployments, and provide the necessary resources (whether on-premises, cloud, or hybrid) within a realistic budget. We will describe the importance in assessing your business continuity needs and understanding what downtime could mean for your organization. We will also look at key capital and operating expenses affecting your IT budget and how you can manage them with available technology resources.

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