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New IOUG Report Highlights the Causes and Costs of Downtime

The new survey report from the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) titled Enterprise Data and the Cost of Downtime, uncovers the latest trends in maintaining high-availability environments—including the increasingly widespread adoption of Oracle-aware solutions such as Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle Data Guard, and Oracle GoldenGate.

The report, produced by Unisphere Research and underwritten by Oracle, also details the cost of downtime and offers a clear set of recommendations for maintaining high-availability environments.

The Move to an Oracle-Aware Approach
Historically, data protection and high-availability strategies have been based upon horizontal, storage-based infrastructure solutions provided by various third parties.

The report finds that this is rapidly changing, as Oracle Database customers increasingly adopt what the report calls "Oracle-aware" technologies, such as Oracle Real Application Clusters (used by 44 percent of respondents), Oracle Data Guard (used by 40 percent), and Oracle GoldenGate (used by 11 percent).

"While storage technologies treat an Oracle Database block as an opaque collection of bits with little to differentiate it from any other type of data on disk, Oracle treats a database block as an object having an Oracle-defined structure that can be checked at multiple levels for both physical and logical consistency," the report's authors write.

Overcoming Inertia: Costs, Challenges, Solutions
The costs of downtime to your business are clear: 20 percent of respondents report three or more days of unplanned downtime during the previous year, and close to half report three or more days of planned downtime. Leading causes of unplanned downtime include network outages, human error, and storage and server failure.

Despite the costs to the business and user productivity, the survey found significant organizational inertia in combating downtime, with the majority of respondents lacking formal plans to address potential outages.

Based on the survey findings, the report offers five key recommendations.

Download Enterprise Data and the Cost of Downtime to learn more.

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